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Mindfulness Mindful Bliss: 3 Simple ways to stay close to the source

October 5, 2016

Mindfulness is a practice of finding treasures in all life.

Lets be realistic for a second and agree that in general, no matter who you are, what you do or where you do it, life can be quite unpredictable and full of its interesting situations.

Mindfulness enables us space for presence in this roller coaster of experience. To acknowledge our feelings, be responsible for them, and take compassionate action in the moment to continue living our highest truth.

Over the years and connections and lessons and learning I’ve come to see how much the little things play such a tremendous impact on the big picture.

A dear and well respected friend once said to me “Your yoga classes are steeped in mindfulness. It’s just who you are.”

A piece of feedback that imposed a radiant whole body shine on an inhale, My over thinking is often just an under sharing.

On that note like a sweet herbal tea, I’ll soak out some added flavour by offering more of my own current journey into this exploration of ever-changing life on a rock flying through infinite space and time.


Lately I have been exploring the practice of staying close to the source.

Mindfully living there are many ways you can look at this, likely far more than what I describe below so be free in your exploration and honour what rings true by coming to the surface for you.


Stay close to the source in your food.

You can taste the difference between a carrot fresh from the dirt, And a carrot that has gone through a process to preserve its life, shelved in plastic packaging.

Keeping your food close to the source helps to eliminate all the steps disconnecting you and the earth.

  • Tune into the cycles in your area.
  • Buy local, seasonal items when you can – they naturally come with less or no packaging, and no added mystery ingredients.
  • When going to the supermarket choose items with fewer ingredients as often as possible.

Keep it simple and remember everything good that’s ever been said about eating your vegetables, it’s all true.


Stay close to the source in your body.
  • Dance.
  • Run.
  • Yoga.
  • Sing.
  • Sweat.
  • Lift Heavy weights.
  • Make the sexy time.
  • Meditate.
  • Do a Savasana Relaxation practice

Whatever tunes you happily into breath and body – do more of that – and every single day.
BONUS points for taking this bliss activity of yours into nature.

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Considering nature is the source of all sources to ever be sourced – Make time in nature a priority until it is part of the routine.
  • Swap out the car to hike, bike, or walk the commute to work.
  • Bring a blanket to the park and lay on your back breathing at the sky for 10 mins.
  • If you are battling the busy body and busy mind, step out of the fight, take a seat, find your breath, feel the floor. Simply.
  • Take a slow motion walk around the block.
  • Nature cleanse when you need to – Sometimes we become so saturated with the city vibration that a recalibration is essential. Cleanse your eyes from screens and machines, get out of the city sounds, off of the pavement, off your devices, and get into the woods, the water, the wind, the tall grass, the sunset, the crispy fall leaves, the barefoot feelings.

A short time can have longterm power for presence and focus. Even taking a moment of appreciation for the birds in the sky gives the mind an opportunity to focus on a natural flow.


Invite many moments to come back to the source today and this week – let me know how your practice goes!

Practicing a committed time set-aside is wonderful and so is the practice of integration, refinement in the moment, release of the old reaction, presence in the only time that matters, Now.

Be Here.

Presence is the source of all power, enjoy your connections!

R

Give meaning

May 17, 2015
Give meaning to everything.
The tears that sweep down
like slates of stone upon the sundress
streaked in silhouettes of the breath beneath
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The Pure Nicaragua

July 4, 2014

Arrived in Granada Nicaragua into the heat and into a stunning little city full of charm.

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Its much hotter here than it was in Panama and Im very grateful to feel the warm sun on my face.

The Wandering Rachel’s tossed our stuff into the most hilarious cab. I cant say Ive ever had the experience of being in the backseat of a car where I can see the road passing by through holes below my feet. Well theres a first for everything and smiles too.

I made my way through the colourful streets to find my home for at least the next week.

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Pure!

I honestly cant really express how grateful I was to connect to such a loving yoga community.

Each meal was delicious, nutritious and such a perfect way to fuel my adventures.

Being here in this community gave me opportunity to practice my spanish and dive into my personal practice. Oh how my body craves a energetic shake up after so many hours on buses.

Classes were well attended and the connections with people from all over the world were aplenty.

Pure savasana

 

A gift to share the practice, a renewed love for handstands and an opportunity to develop clarity in my next steps moving forward.

I haven’t been able to practice many inversions in recent months since having pneumonia they make me so dizzy and often nauseous.

Isn’t it great to explore a new place and recognize all the new parts of yourself that unfold in the process?

If you find yourself in the lovely lakeside city be sure to check out the market.

The hustle and bustle, colour and smell is beyond anything I can even attempt to describe in words.

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Granada was a bright sparkling Light along my journey and I will most certainly return again soon.

To the view.

To the Pure love.

To a new home away from home.

My heart will feel you always.

xo

R

The lookout

 

Then to now.

June 16, 2014

A bit of a life roundup.

Its been a little while since my last post and so many things have changed.

If you are uninterested in the past circumstances and more curious about what I am up to and where I am now, skip this post and hop right on over to my Panama post!

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My sweet adopted Grandmother Joan passed away in May and my mom asked me to come sing at her funeral with my brother. Checked flights and they were ridiculously pricey so quickly ruled out the possibility of coming home even though it was what my heart wanted and I was ready to move on from the Bahamas.
My mom called me the next day at the crack of dawn (thank goodness I was up filming the Bahamian sunrise) and had found a last minute seat sale and I was leaving at noon!

Om Mama!

Have I told you lately how incredibly blessed my life is?

I believe that the universe manifests exactly what I need, exactly when I need it.

I trust that all that is meant to be always is.

I trust in powers greater than me and when I am at peace in myself that I open to the full potential accessible moment to moment.

So, bye bye Bahamas and helloooo Fredericton.

Family time is the best. Every time I come home I always find a large list of things to be grateful for!

My brother graduated with his business degree just days before his big move across the country so it was really special for me to have more time with him and be there for such a big moment in his life.

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I also hadn’t seen my main squeeze in a month and a half and we took advantage of this time to take a beautiful adventure on Iles de La Madeleine together.

It was GLORIOUS.

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A little bit of beach fun is so good for the soul

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Especially when the beach stretches on as far as you can see in both directions and you are the only ones there!

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I honestly could rave on and on (and on) about the islands but I will let my photos speak for themselves.

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I am so so grateful to have a man in my life who sees the world with the same sense of awe and wonder as I do.

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Someone who leaves no rock unturned.

No corner unexplored.

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And never misses a sunset!

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This time back home to the East Coast was perfect. I had no plan.

And no plan means everything is possible!

I contacted countless yoga studios all over the world and got a lot of really positive feedback and many job offers.

Ive always wanted to backpack through Central America and yoga there is booming so what better time to do so!

I booked my ticket about 5 days before my flight to Panama City.

Why Panama?

Well, it was the cheapest flight from Fredericton and although I didn’t have an offer to teach there I knew it would still be a cool start to my adventure in a place I have never been and a great starting place to learn some Spanish!

A new chapter begins!

xo R

No dream too big, no moment too small

May 4, 2014

A journey

fuelled by rice and beans

and corn on the cob

and trust

music

love

sunshine

and saltwater

I am alive.

I’m here for a reason.

This week I met some of the most incredible young people

I met them because we were meant to meet.

We met because I changed the course to follow my heart and it led me here.

Grade 7

Bright Eyes

Inquisitive minds

and silence.

Have you ever seen a group of 13 year olds sit still in silence for 30 minutes?

I haven’t either.

Until now.

We started with 5 minutes in silence to breathe

Watch your mind

Where does it go when it wanders?

What is it that brings you back to the present moment?

See how many thoughts you can remember having

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And then once the 5 minutes was complete we took 5 more minutes in silence to write about what we noticed, what we thought, what we felt.

We did 3 rounds of this and then we went around the circle to share.

Any and every one will benefit from this exercise,

grade 7 or not.

Cemented in your beliefs or free-spirited and wandering.

Be curious.

Be so curious about how your mind tries to keep you entertained.

and to what your mind says yes you can,

and no you can’t.

Be so curious about how your mind works.

How it holds stories about your strengths, weaknesses and your life.

The cool stuff,

The what-ifs,

The love, the loss, the everythinginbetween

And notice when space comes in

Between your stories

Between your thoughts

Between the moments spent drifting in the stream of consciousness

Notice

When you arrive in this moment,

The only one you can change,

The only one where you are truly alive.

Just because your mind tells you so, doesn’t mean it is true.

You can change your story,

in this breath,

this one,

this one,

this one,

this one,

this one too.

Transformation is here and no moment is ever too small to notice.

Notice

Are you consciously breathing,

or is it just something happening in your body?

Notice your breath in your belly,

bring that goodness all the way up to your heart.

Notice the space between the inhale

and the exhale

Notice the space your breath gives you to be a little more curious

about this moment, right now.

Breathe

2 days of teaching grade 7 and I know I am exactly where I need to be right now.

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I’m alive and happy

Theres a burning in my spirit for everything that makes me feel this beauty

We danced

We did a guitar meditation

We balanced on our hands

and our feet too.

We stuck out our tongues and roared like lions,

Because that is what we are.

You are too.

We stood as Warriors and I asked: “What do you do when life asks you to be stronger than you ever thought you could be?”

a beautiful voice said: “just close your eyes, and breathe.”

Breathe.

Breathe.

Breathe.

If the only thing I do in the Bahamas is plant a few seeds of awareness in these beautiful young minds,

I am so so happy.

Connection is everything.

No way to tell where this moment of awareness could lead

Notice

Space

Notice

Anything inside that tries to hold you back

Oh sweet little wanderer,

You won’t get very far wearing boots filled heavy with worries.

Be a lion.

Be the lion the whole world needs you to be.

Never let a moment be too small to make a change.

Make certain your dreams scare you a little.

It’s ok to feel like all you need is a hug some days.

It’s also ok to jump out of bed and roar.

Your dreams are waiting for you,

They are out there looking for you too.

Be hungry.

xo

R

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