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C.E.O of this Inside Job

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C.E.O of this Inside Job

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You have probably heard the quote that "happiness is an inside job."  (William Arthur Ward) An inside-out approach sounds nice in theory and you probably sorta get it, but the practical implementation of it can be daunting.  Afterall, we didn't take this course at ANY level of academia.  So now we are cramming this deep wisdom it into our already full lives as an elective class.  Our information-drenched world gives you drips of information from a wide variety of sources, but it's hard to piece together the connective tissue of this knowledge so it makes sense.  

This weeks wisdom will unlock why it's so dang hard to approach life from the inside out and then present a full-proof formula that will bust open your path to joy and help you live to your highest potential.  Ready?  No? Oh, I'll wait.  Now? Ok, then let's begin.

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What the Heck is the Point?

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What the Heck is the Point?


What follows is an attempt to summarize the words of wisdom that I have been posting on www.2020yoga.com since September of this year.  I will do my best to weave together as many wisdom lessons from those posts so that you can experience them in a fresh way.  Throughout this writing, I have added hyperlinks so you can reference the older blog entries for more details. 

 

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Get Mad About It

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Get Mad About It

I see you are bustling about – hanging decorations, welcoming oodles of guests and finding the best gifts to bring grande grins to your loved ones.  The frantic holiday rush doesn’t allow for ample space for inner reflection, does it?  Perhaps the reason new year resolutions don’t come true is that of the overbooked holiday schedule.  If nothing else this time of the year can be distracting and emotionally destabilizing, which makes it all the more difficult to know what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it and how it will be realized.  

Since there is nothing casual about improving your life, let’s take the time to understand how to focus your self-effort and intentions so you can manifest your deepest desires.  What follows is steeped in the ancient teachings of yoga and will provide clear guidelines to help you craft an impactful resolution.

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A Life Changing Tattoo

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A Life Changing Tattoo

My eye caught the expiration date of 1/2 and 1/2 milk carton, and then my brain had this thought, "what about my expiration date."  I took a deep breath and moved on with the day.

The sunset and rose again to learn a friend of my husbands passed away.  She was alone in her home when she tripped going down the stairs and suffered internal bleeding.  More deep breaths.

Then breaking news, a random act of violence shocks parishioners at a peaceful Sunday service in Texas.   This news hits a bit harder and breathing isn't as easy.
  
I pray, and that helps.  As I sit in stillness, a soft inner voice says, "life is fragile, handle with care."  The question is, how do we obey this call?

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A Teaspoon of Curiosity Is All You Need To Be Happy

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A Teaspoon of Curiosity Is All You Need To Be Happy

If you were to ask me what business I am in, I'd tell you I am in the business of awareness.  When I work as a Lifestyle Concierge, I aim to open your mind, body, and heart to new possible landscapes of seeing because that is where any pain and suffering resides.  There is always opportunity to lift the fog so you can see more clearly, with less pain.  It requires some zooming in and magnifying your inner world through skillful means so your clear, calm and tranquil mind can radiate out into your daily life.

  • One place where you might be able to lift the fog is when you try to manipulate your outer world so it fits with your inner version of happiness.  Some of these statements might resonate with you:
  • Peace will come when I find a quiet mountaintop.
  • If I could just get rid of "X," I can finally be happy.
  • I'm only content when it's 80 degrees and sunny.
  • When my house is clean, I can relax.

It isn't that you shouldn't try to improve the conditions of your outer world, but when the inner world is bypassed, it becomes an icy uphill journey.  When we look to other people or situations to be different to make your joy come shining through, it stunts your growth.  NO fun!  As the holiday's approach and you feel innner tension building, you might have the urge to create conditional happiness.   I will help, in part, by sharing a clear path on how become less reliant on external factors to suit your happiness.

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