Thursday, 26 March 2015

Power of Aloha

I've been recharging in the Hawaiian Sun the last two weeks and have been inspired by the Hawaiian spirit. The locals call it the power of Aloha. So in honour of that and the recent Spring transition, here's an inspiring Hawaiian proverb. 

He kehau ho`oma`ema`e ke aloha.

Love is like a cleansing dew.
The cleansing power of aloha 
can soothe and heal. 
Hurt, pain, and suffering 
yield to aloha's healing power.

Aloha, Lauren

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Dove and the Grasshopper


This is an Indian Fable I recently read that I really enjoyed and want to share with you.

The Dove and the Grasshopper

ONE day a grasshopper was sporting gaily in a green meadow. A dove on an adjacent tree saw it, and, being tempted to eat it, came down. The grasshopper saw the object of the dove, but remained where it was, without moving an inch.

The dove, being surprised at this conduct of his victim, said, "Hollo! how is it you are not afraid of me?" 

"Because," said the grasshopper, "you will do me no harm."

"This surprised the dove more, and he said, "How so?"

"I'll tell you how; you love your mate, do you not? Well, even so, I love mine. Should a hunter catch you in his net now, would you not be sorry? So, if you should seize me, 'I should be sorry. If he should let you go, without doing you any harm, would you not be glad? Well, even so, I shall be glad if you let me go without doing me any harm."

These words touched the heart of the dove, and he let the grasshopper go without doing him any harm, saying, "As you feel, so do I."

When the good err, tell them so: it helps them, and helps you too


I read this and think. We are one. 

Namaste,
CJ






Thursday, 12 March 2015

Picture this

Isn't it fascinating how obsessive our society is right now on taking, posting and commenting on pictures and videos?

It has me thinking about why we take pictures. We take pictures to capture the moment. So we can later look back at that picture and remember the people we were with, the feelings we had and the experience it all came from. It invokes a memory, a feeling, an experience.

What's fascinating about the whole thing is that I see so many people get stressed and worked up about taking the picture that it interferes with the moment, the feeling, the experience. They're missing out on the whole reason why they are taking the picture. I've even found myself taking a billion different shots because I'm trying to get the "perfect" one. What is that? The perfect picture that represents this moment. How do you do that? Is that possible?

Well I sure don't have all the answers but I do know that I'm working on staying in the present moment myself and not letting the need to capture the occasion, so I can post it up on Instagram take me out of the preciousness of what I'm experiencing. Hopefully this post will inspire you to do the same. That the next time you find yourself desperately digging for your smart phone, so you can take a picture that you'll stop, step back and simply embrace what is going on in the moment and trust that that is enough.

Everything you need is within you.

With you on this path,
Lauren

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Knitting

A few days ago my 6 year son came home from school with a friend of his. They went outside to play soccer but ended up sitting in the sun on the deck having a snack chatting. Before I knew it my son had his knitting with him and was busy knitting away while the two of them talked about soccer and knitting. The conversation included words like purl!

As I held back giggles at this sweet interaction I was reminded of how wonderful it is to be totally true to yourself, without influence, without judgement or labels.

We grow and we are given ideas on who we are. We grow more and life gives us layers. These layers serve us well and many we will love. I love being a Mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, yoga teacher.... These are all parts of me, they are not fully me.

I am grateful for children to remind us that we need to show up as we truly are and be accepting of others when they do the same.

Namaste,
CJ