I am leaving NYC this morning. Always good to visit, always a transition to go back home.
I completed the first phase of the Yamuna Body Rolling training today. I leave NYC in the morning tomorrow, back to the Twin Cities.
When I wasn’t in training which was 10-5 for three days, I was walking the streets of Manhattan, taking the trains below ground, shooting pictures of the images around me and people watching.
It is an amazing city, New York. I love to visit but I would find it hard to find my center here. There is so much external energy coming at me all the time, I find it hard to hear my own inner voice. I guess that would be the challenge wouldn’t it? That is the challenge wherever you are, listing to your true self.
Learning the basics of Yamuna Body Rolling for the last few days has been such a in depth learning experience plus a healing venture for me. Body Rolling teaches you how to manipulate your muscles with a variety of different sized balls that are placed on one area of your body and then moved by laying on them and moving your body to manipulate and massage your muscles and bones using your own body weight. Yamuna has created this awesome technique that I can now use on myself daily, won’t harm my body, won’t rip my tissues and will keep me in shape for the rest of my life because it is literally a technique that most people can do at any age.
The instructor of the class was a Brooklyn born steel/construction worker. He has also worked in a variety of fitness places using other types of techniques but has come to Yamuna Body Rolling because he has weight-lifted, taught Pilates and has found that many other types of exercise are hard on your body. They rip, they tear, they pound and eventually, you can’t do them any more. Sure, you can run for twenty years but eventually, most people have injuries. Then, they go to a chiropractor or try to eliminate soreness by getting regular massages or take medication. Yamuna Body Rolling can align your body, can go deep into the tissues like massage and can eliminate the need for some medications.
So, I am taking this back to the Twin Cities, this knowledge and training, going to body roll myself daily and then in March I will return for Phase 2 of the training. I will let you know how it goes. Stay tuned!!
I am headed off to New York City tomorrow to the Flagship Studio of Yamuna Body Rolling. I am so very excited to be adding to my repertoire of healing exercises.
Check out the video and I will post more as I train and learn.
This video, by Humanity Healing is a great starting point for a discussion about detachment. What does it bring up for you? Have you been in a situation where you have been able to respond vs. react? What does it mean for you to observe your human form from a soul level?
Leave a comment and let’s ponder this rather large concept.
“You become what you think about most of the time.” – Brian Tracy
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Claude M. Bristol
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I, like most humans, can worry about things. There were times in my life that I felt there wasn’t anything else to do but either be in a state of bliss or be in a state of dysfunction and worry. I know now that there is a way to be more balanced, to be more present- two things, meditation and positive affirmations.
Meditation provides me with a tool to become more present and by living in the present, more positive. By focusing on my breath during meditation and allowing thoughts to arise and fall away, by coming back to my breath, I more quickly recognize the moments I fall into worry and distress or thinking about the past or the future. Many times, thinking about the past or the future can cause people distress or do the opposite by taking you away to a fantasy of better times or a special moment you keep reliving but doesn’t exist anymore.
I have learned that my future is created in the moment. What I do today, right now, is creating my evening, my tomorrow. Live in the present and live it well.
Affirmations help me to live in the present in the best way I can and to feel good about myself while I am doing it.
We all have these negative tapes that we replay in our heads. “My hair is horrible.” “My clothes don’t fit right.” “I can’t do this.” As a yoga instructor, I even hear people saying them aloud! “I am so out of shape.” REPHRASE that!!! “I am getting stronger….I am here doing yoga, I am soooo awesome!”
Affirmations are positive statements that you say to yourself, beliefs that you wish to change. Some places that you could use affirmations in your life might be around your body image, your career, your relationships and your money situation. When do you hear that voice that says you can’t or you don’t? Create positive statements for some of these.
If you hear yourself saying negative things around money, maybe you need to say, “Money comes easily and frequently.” If it is around your body image, maybe you need to say, “ I have a strong and healthy body.” Try some. They aren’t permanent. You can change them but say them daily, write them down and post them around your house. We receive so many negatives on a daily basis. We need to remember for every negative we must hear 10 positives to counter that one negative.
Note: affirmations aren’t LIES! Some people have said to me, Carrie, I am 30 pounds overweight, how can I say I am healthy when I really am not? I say, what you think and say is what you become. Imagine yourself without that weight, imagine yourself eating differently, is it getting you to where you want by telling yourself how unhealthy you are? I don’t think so. Is worrying about a situation going to make it better? No. Think positive, create an affirmation for yourself and your life today!
“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
How many times have I anticipated suffering, or created suffering before it happens thus PRE-suffering? Oh…many! I can get myself so wound up over stuff that hasn’t even happened yet thus ruining the present moment…huh, I am not even in the present when I am PRE-suffering, I am somewhere in the non-existent future that I have created in my head!!
I heard someone use this term last night and WOW…it just resonated through my whole being. “PRE-SUFFERING”. This is definitely something I can try and let go of. But how?
This is present moment and breath work. For me, meditation and yoga help with this. Focusing my mind on my breath during yoga, the movement from one posture to the next that aligns with my breath keeps me right there. It keeps me from thinking about thinking or thinking about the things that haven’t even happened yet. I enjoy Vinyasa yoga because it is a yoga practice that allows me to move. One breath to one movement- it seems very natural to me.
Sitting meditation also helps me to remain sane and in the moment but honestly is more difficult for me because I am sitting and not moving. Thoughts come into my head on a regular basis even though I have been meditating for twenty years. The process of letting them go and focusing on my breath is more automatic than it used to be but it is still a work in process.
The most difficult thing for me is getting myself un-stuck and out of the PRE-suffering black hole that once I am there is like space…never ending. I like that I can put a name to it now. It will help me to more easily identify this thinking. It lends me perspective which then guides me through the five other “P’s”- pain, prayer, patience, process and payoff. These are from the book, Paths to Recovery. John Maxwell also has a similar idea that I have spoken about before in his book Today Matters. I recommend both.
Just for today, start to notice your pre-suffering. Are you experiencing pain or anguish about something that hasn’t even happened yet? Are you anticipating bad things happening to you? Take a moment and breathe, connect to your source, go for a walk, do yoga, do what works to bring peace around you. I know you can!