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November 16, 2017

PAUSE.  Breathe in.  Breathe out. 

Take one moment right now to reflect on this question.  How do you see your day today?

 

The space that you are in to be able to read this right now means you have a form of connection, how incredible is that?  I ask you how you define your day because it is so important to remember we have a choice in how we feel every day by what we choose to focus on.

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I have a confession to make.  

 

Recently I have been focusing on old stories in my head with how I feel about Los Angeles, and these stories have been shaping my days and overall mood since returning back to the United States.  I impulsively left the country (to Mexico) a week after my return, realizing after that an impromptu trip two hours South was not going to be a quick fix to my mindset.  The transition from traveling, living in the present moment every day, and in beautiful tropical locations with real authentic connections to coming back to a different way of life has been difficult to say the least. 

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I have kept quiet…choosing not to write out of fear of expressing my feelings of loss and a less than (yogi) mindset.

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I have been focusing on the heavy traffic, the lack of time people seem to have for each other when passing by on the streets, and the lack of greenery compared to the gorgeous places that I have been living in this year. I have been focusing on all the ways the people and the places here are not Bali...but if I can rewrite these stories with tools that I have learned this past year, I can rewrite the stories I have subconsciously developed about this city from family, co-workers, and my (old) ways of thinking that have shaped the way I view LA and caused a less than grateful state. 

 

 

 

 

 

I can rewrite my story of LA to be — a place that is pretty much always sunny, which allows me to be outdoors (which is something that I love), with farmers markets that are open year round. And there are trees, so many, you just have to look a little bit harder to find them, which makes it so much more special when you do. Los Angeles is a place filled with beautiful people and connections.  Here lives a population of humans that are open minded to all cultures and readily available to express themselves in an artistic way, emotional way, a physical way;  California in general is made up of a population who is not afraid to speak up about Mental Health, sexual abuse or our favorite organic coffee shops…no matter how grand or trivial a topic seems to be, expression is normal here.  In the United States as a whole, even though far from perfect, expression and individuality is celebrated here. 

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How lucky are you?  You have the power to re-write your day, right now.  How lucky am I?  So do I. 

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I am so lucky that I always have a home here to come back to. I am so lucky that I know that I am never stuck where I have landed, so when I choose to part ways again for a longer duration, I will leave full of gratitude, instead of a means of escape. 

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Today I do not see my day outlined by work, a to-do list, traffic, or unanswered messages on my phone.  I see my day as full of space and opportunity.   I will be in nature at some point, I will feel the sun on my skin.  I will teach yoga to a friend who is always making me a priority and feel valued, after putting herself first (thank goodness!)  I will hold a warm mug of tea in my hands.  I will shape my day intentionally, and be happy because I choose to be. 

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I will find gratitude.

 

 

"Discontentment is the illusion that there can be something else in the moment.  There isn’t and there can’t be. The moment is complete. 

Life is complete the way it comes to us in each moment.” --

The Yamas and Niyamas

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The two photos below were taken from my hike yesterday in Los Leones Canyon, California, where I wrote this blog as an audio recording on my phone.  My phone took two pictures of the same flower, one focusing on the background and the other focusing on the flower.  Both pictures show beauty, but more importantly, show the power of perspective and choice, and how differently the world can look depending on how we choose to see it.

 

 MAY YOU ALL FIND GRATITUDE THIS THANKSGIVING, EVEN IN THE MIDST OF FAMILY CHAOS AND EVERYTHING BEING PERFECTLY IMPERFECT XX

 

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