Day 8 - what a gift this practice has been! In the midst of a very emotionally challenging and chaotic week within our Nation, this practice was a touchstone for me. I am so grateful for the flexibility to do the practices at times that worked best for us and found pre-dawn was an amazing way to start each morning. I am taking so much from this experience and have a journal full of notes I know I will reflect on often. I love the meditations, as they are often the most difficult for me to be still, these were perfect in helping me to slow down and be with my thoughts for just a moment. I feel strong emotional and physically thanks to this experience. I'm looking forward to creating my calendar today as I enter the Monday morning with the mantra: I AM FIERCE.
On the final day of our challenge, I am grateful; grateful for this experience amid a chaotic world, grateful for the ability to refocus my intentions and reconnect with inner most self for a new year, grateful for a community where I feel safe being vulnerable, grateful for the time I dedicated to myself each day, grateful Dani's grounding presence and wisdom, and grateful for the opportunity to grow into the most present, whole, and true version of myself I can be. This challenge was a great way to kick start new habits and get into the practice of setting aside time for myself each day to reflect, move, and find stillness.
i took a leaf from kelley's book and went back to review my i am statements.
i am at peace.
i am listening.
i am inactive.
i am kind.
i am amped.
i am building.
i am transforming.
what a beautiful self study, simply those statements alone! the i am's from the beginning of the week are so content, so an emily sitting in her zone of comfort and fear. but once we got to the upper realms, holy shit, let's gooooo. my heart knows it's time to put myself out there, time to trust that the way has prepared me for where i am going. that when i continue to be true to myself and what sings to my heart, i can do anything, and i am determined to grow.
on day 8: i am limitless.
day 8: This week flew by and I wish we had one more! I went back to each of my posts and wrote out all of my I AM statements from each day (I AM stable, allowed, independent, accepting, listening, envisioning and expanding) I think what I've learned most about myself during this challenge is that there are things I can control (my actions, my choices, my responses, my words (to myself and others), my story) and things I can't control (global events, a pandemic, opinions & reactions of others) But using this practice, and self-study, I can use the things I can control to choose how I allow things outside of my control to impact me. I am accepting of where I am, listening to my emotions and feelings and making independent decisions based on how I envision my expanded life in the future. I'm so appreciative of all of the readings, the asanas and the meditation, and the forum, which has been my journal this week.
On day 8: I AM Continuing. Continuing to do this work, this studying, developing better understanding and continuing to go deeper inwards.
day 7: I am Expanding! I'm growing, I'm learning, I'm changing, and I am capable of designing the life I choose. This week has been challenging and rewarding and invigorating, and I want to continue to incorporate the lessons of this week into my practice throughout the year and continue to do this inner work that always brings me a sense of accountability and purpose. I'm so thankful for the lessons, the readings, the movement and Thank You Dani for designing this week in such a beautiful, thoughtful and organized way!!
Today I am grateful. I’m so grateful for the time and ability to participate in this 8 day challenge. The readings, meditations, and daily practice helped me connect to all the things in my life that I’m thankful for, and reaffirmed my belief that I am the architect of my life. I know that having the ability to get on my mat and move my body every day is a tremendous gift and this week helped me tune in to and celebrate all of the gifts in my life that make it possible for me to do so. I’m grateful for knowing you Dani and for all the incredible opportunities you‘ve brought into my life. I’m looking forward to getting on my mat with you again soon. Namaste 🙏
my mantra for day 7 is I am learning. I identified with the quote from the readings - "Things you resist and don’t like are doorways to a deeper understanding of yourself; use everything. Learn to live at your edge where the most creativity and growth is available." At times in the past when moments or situations have been uncomfortable I have found it easier just to avoid them, but I am learning to see these moments as opportunities for growth and expansion. I am learning to allow myself to embrace that discomfort and identifying why I feel that way and how I can move through those feelings to learn more about myself.
my mantra for today: i am transforming and i am limitless.
today i really allowed myself to witness. to see how i've been transformed by the inquiry and action of this week. to see how i respond vs how i want to respond. to see what i say yes to vs what i want to say yes to.
i will continue working on the language to say no to things that don't speak true to my heart. to claim what i love wholeheartedly, and not just do the things i feel i "should" be doing.
i am here now. claiming myself as i am, and who i want to be.
accepting and evolving, one day at a time.
Day 7 - I have been so very grateful for this community this week. Today I loved the daily reading, especially the succinct definition of Spirituality as the "willingness to fully participate in, take in, take responsibility, and fall in love with your own life" and how life's task is to "fulfill a mission ingrained in the soul." These words touched me deeply as I have been working to take in (align) the events of the past week, year...years. I have learned so much along the way from some tremendous teachers. Both the positive and the negative mentors in my life have helped to bring me to this exact moment and I am more open than I have ever been. I will continue to trust this process and trust my heart. My journey is not in vain, it's purpose is to lead me to love.
My mantra: today: I am right where I am meant to be.
My mantra for today is I am listening.
I am a little behind and worked my way through the readings for Day 5 this morning. I've been spending the last couple of weeks thinking about how I often get in my own way with self doubt. Rather than figuring out how to "fix" this I'm working on listening to my inner dialogue, identifying my feelings, a noticing patterns in the way I speak to myself. I'm learning that consciousness is helping me be more compassionate and kind to myself :)
Having not seen your note Dani about today‘s yoga practice not being available until later in the morning, I woke up relatively early (for a Saturday) to be on my mat by 8:30. I was surprised to find that there wasn’t a yoga video and assumed there was no yoga planned for the day. I put my iPad away, turned off my phone, and used the time to do some things for myself, feeling grateful for the “extra” time in my day. Once I got back to my phone and checked my email I was surprised and again grateful to know that there is a flow waiting for me. I’m not sure when I’ll get to it now, but I know it’s there for me. So today my mantra is I am ready, whether for unexpected events, planned events, or nothing at all. I am ready 🙏
"let's be mindful that when we envision ourselves in one specific way we limit what might be possible and are met with disappointment..."
this line struck a chord in me. after working for almost 7 years tied to a work permit (working for other people) i am finally free to be my own boss and am trying to navigate what that looks like for me and for my community. i've noticed this week though that i am still stuck in old patterns and old ways of working that serve others and not what sings true to my heart. my intuition has been calling me, but i haven't been listening. that ends now--i'm listening.
today's mantra was i am building (which feels similar to architect, but i'll take it). building myself, building my vision, building my business. building the vision of who i want to be. the vision doesn't necessarily look far from where i am...but its starting to feel more authentic.
My mantra today was I am patient. The mediation today was just what I needed. After an especially challenging and disheartening week, it really helped bring me back to the larger picture. When imagining my ideal day I was surprised to find it wasn't some elaborate trip or far off destination, but it was centered around spending time outside with beautiful weather and being able to see my friends in person and give them a huge hug. It reminded me that if I change my way of thinking about things, my current reality isn't too far off from my ideal day. I just need to remind myself to find joy in the small moments and remember that nothing lasts forever. I am safe and have everything I need in this moment and for that I am grateful.
Day 6: Architect. First-- I loved that meditation!! I usually find it difficult to articulate or even imagine what I want my life to look like a year from now, but that mediation of imagining the simple things, the colors, my surroundings, made it feel much easier to think about and feel. What I came to realize during the meditation is that my ideal day is just being happy with myself. Feeling close to family and friends, feeling loved in a stable and happy relationship, and feeling fulfilled in a job. I feel like I have the all of the building blocks I need to design this ideal day (which isn't something I felt like I had one year ago), and its up to me to continue to design this ideal day for myself, but I need to continue to come back to this practice of observing how I describe myself and my story and continuing to design the story exactly how I want myself and others to see it. Today I am Envisioning. Envisioning my ideal day and knowing that it is possible by choosing what to see and learn in each situation.
Day 6 I am so grateful for that mediation! As I envisioned one year from now my ideal day was exactly where I am at this moment. I couldn't believe it! It was not some exotic vacation, my future goal is to be in this exact home (which by then I am owning, not renting), watching my boys running out back with their best friends as I am right now. I clearly saw the view of the harbor, the boats on still (ideally clean, swimable) water as I toast a fabulous glass of champagne with the love of my life as we begin to prepare an amazing dinner for our dear friends on their way over in this COVID-free, peaceful year on the 8th day of January 2022. *sigh*
My mantra today: I am the architect of my own destiny.
Good morning ladies! The universe had different plans for me today as I tried to film your final flow that drops at midnight tonight. Due to some very distracting and noisy construction that was happening right outside of my filming location, I will have to try filming again tomorrow AM. Meaning, the flow will not be posted in Thinkific until 9 am tomorrow morning EST.
Tomorrow is the last flow and meditation for the week, & the practice will be RESTORATIVE!
Sunday, you will receive a reading, & only be asked to share everything you've learned over the course of the week.
Have a great day and let me know if you have any questions!!
Today my mantra is I am in control. I really connected with today’s reading and theme because I use visualization to guide my life all the time. I’m a visual learner and use things lists and imagery to organize and guide my actions. Through these practices I’ve learned that I am in control of my life and my path and I can use visualization to get me where I want to go (except a handstand 😂).
I am curious.
When I read the line "how do you articulate the inner most you?" I immediately felt it described exactly what I have been feeling the past few months but haven't put into words. I've had a lot more down time this past year (like most people) and it has allowed me to reflect on what I invest my time in and if those things truly bring me joy. I have been exploring what new things I could bring into my life that would help me align with my true inner self. The beauty of all this alone time is having the space to explore these questions and to reflect on how to move forward as a stronger and more loving version of myself.
today i feel inspired and amplified after yesterday's practice and reflections, and am working today to articulate what i want and how to get it! i am asking the question "how do i share my authenticity with the world in a true and honest way?" i've noticed i've been trying to advance my career by saying yes to every opportunity that comes my way, even if it doesn't align to my values. i've allowed myself to be fit into molds that serve other people rather than myself, and i'm over it! working to amplify and articulate what sings true to me.
i am enough. i am open + strong. i am listening. i am trusting. i am not rushing. i am moving one step at a time. i am clearing.
Day 5 -"How do I want to show up for what is going on?" A question I returned to repeatedly today as I spoke with my children about the devastation at our Nation's Capitol yesterday; as I spoke with my colleagues within the Federal government; and I sat with a deep sorrowful ache within myself. This practice was a lifeline to me in the early morning hours - when I would have otherwise spiraled in thoughts - it helped me to re-center and focus. I'm still processing much, but today my mantra is I AM HOPEFUL FOR CHANGE