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Archive for April, 2012

Quote of the day:

“It’s all about the power of the focus of your mind.”

 

When I was little my mom used to make me eggies n cheese.  This was after I’d ice-skated from 5-10 am.  I was training for the Olympics at age 5. Then I’d go to kindergarten.

 

A lotta other stuff went on during my childhood. Not the best ever.  Even as a little little child I understood the power of focus.  If I thought and talked about and focused on something bad, I felt bad.  And more bad stuff appeared.  If I thought and talked about and focused on something good, more good stuff appeared.  The abuse didn’t stop, but I noticed that the more I focused on good and happy stuff, the more good and happy stuff I lived.  And so even though I dealt wit some serious sh**, I manifested some pretty awesome sh** too.  Like my tennis coach inviting me to come live with him in Florida so he could train me to go pro (for free—my parents were broke).

 

I used to think that I was magic. That I could create things with my mind.  Now I know that this is true and I’m here to teach it to you.

 

And as a special added bonus, my childhood gave me the incredible focus that has helped me to create everything I have.

 

Have the best day ever!
Namaste!

Taylor plus 5

 

“Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.”

Robert Collier
 

“Always remember that dreams-your creative visualizations-must come before their physical manifestations.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach
 

“Try out your ideas by visualizing them in action.”

David Seabury
 

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”

Buddha
 

“Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.”

Robert Collier
 

“See things as you would have them be instead of as they are.”

Robert Collier
 

“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.”

Cherie Carter-Scott
 

“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.”

Bo Bennett
 

A quick and friendly tip from one Super-mom to all you Super-heros out there.

1.  Get on your yoga mat.  Often.  I get up at 4am to do it daily (Come join me at Prana at my predawn practice seven days a week!), but whatever you can do.  It’s what you do most of the time that matters.  Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do it daily.  Do what you can.

 

2.  When you’re in your favorite pose, feeling amazing—feeling the stress and the fear melting off of your body, the past and the future fading into the distance, the NOW ever present and a feeling of peace and “all is well” enveloping you, really FEEL how this feels in your body, mind, and Spirit, and take a Spiritual “snapshot” of it.  Really feel the essence of it.

 

3.  While you’re feeling the essence of this feeling, visualize yourself moving through your day feeling this feeling. See yourself in different situations, both easy and fun and challenging and annoying, still feeling this feeling.

 

4.  Watch what happens.  ;)

 

Have the best day ever!

Namaste!

Taylor plus 5

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.