Relax

The New Year, a brand new one, is about to start!

Depending on which side of the equator you are currently in, the climate is telling you to bundle up or to put that bikini on.

As you may already know, how to get warm and cozy is quite valuable when it’s bitter cold outside; and to know how to cool off when the world feels like a hot sauna is also a gift!

From how to dress, to how to eat, sleep, exercise; nature is constantly pointing us in the direction that will bring us to living our lives in greater ease.

Yet, before we can hear her wise advice, we’ve got to de-clutter the noise.

So, if you sometimes catch yourself ….
….rushing about every moment of the day due to this or that story in your head
.… entertaining one or more of your many worries without providing them with any clear solutions
…. pacifying yourself with distractions to forget the nervous agitation that lies just under the surface (although only temporarily)
If this is you, in order to receive the clues essential for your well being you’ll want to let go of the nervousness!
Yes, this noise de-cluttering process may be as lengthy as it may sound. Yet, it is a process! In fact a most enjoyable one as all that it asks from us is this: Relax a little more! Do this on a regular basis pls!

So, if the intention you’ve set for the New Year is already along the lines of learning how to relax – Awesome!!!
What are you doing a little more off in 2019 and most importantly how are you fitting it into your calendar – today? this week? this January? ea month this year?

Thank you for sharing

Namaste,
Christianne

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Call for Change

Even a single breath says yes to the call for change Breathing out❄️


Giving thanks,
to the dancer in each of us! ❤️

Autumn leaves were dancing with the wind…. whispering, “fair well” as they gracefully floated to the ground.
By sunrise, the ones still standing wore their fresh snow flakes suits to announce the big change of Season.
Nature seems to have no doubt that what will be waiting on the other side of this bitter cold transition is a brighter, softer and warmer Spring.

In that instant I too seemed to know beyond doubt that
us human beings have all we need to move through our unique transitions with both grace and confidence.

Returning now to more ordinary moments when remembering that we too are a part of nature is over-shadowed by forgetfulness.
We all know, beyond doubt,
that change is the one constant we can count on!
Yes, we have all done this exploration called life long enough to know that it ensures only one constant and that is change❄️

So today, I give thanks for each of the clumsy ways that ~you ~ i ~ we ~ manage to say yes  to the call for change!

Simply awesome dancers we all are! ❤️

Christianne

 

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Breathing out…

Maple tree, hi! How do you keep on 🍁 drawing your sap into the core 🍁 gathering your crops 🍁 turning inwardly? Don’t you resist loosing your “leaves”?
Answer: What it takes to transform resistance into allowing is super simple:  Slow down enough to allow for a single complete exhalation!

Exhaling…
… for this moment now,
Inhaling…
… I observe the breath’s return

Exhaling…
…  out my nose; releasing, emptying  again
Inhaling…
…what would it be like to be freer ?

Exhaling…
…  I soften and begin to occupy more space

Inhaling…
… what am I holding on to?

Exhaling…
…this sadness that is here,
Inhaling…
… “hello, take a seat. I see you”, says kindness.

Exhaling…
…This fear that is here,
Inhaling…
… “lean onto me, even if just a little”, says trust.

Exhaling…
… discomfort releasing its grip
Inhaling…
… stories in my head, drop their heavy weight.

Let’s get practical now!
Do you pay frequent visits to nature, spend a minimal amount of time in front of a screen and take time to do restorative yoga? If this is you, you know that these lifestyle choices help you slow down!
If however you’re someone who’s tense while in traffic, gets very little sleep and worries about things beyond their control, you may be struggling during this Season ( the most depleting one of all ).  So, please use this reminder to take that out breath, now…



Exhaling…


… thoughts are beginning to free themselves
Inhaling…


… I direct air into the back of my lungs

Exhaling…


… my spine begins to lengthen


Inhaling…


… I sit up; feeling taller, fuller, brighter; yet, lighter

Exhaling…


… I let go


Inhaling…


… this simple choice to be with my breath

Exhaling…


… it brings a smile
Inhaling…


… this moment now, breathing life in
I am here.:-) 



Namaste,
Christianne

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Gratitude @ Strong

Although we’re one month into Spring, there is an Ice Storm outside. My sweetheart just went to sleep and I am also so ready to join him! This day started at 4 am for us and what a FULL day it’s been! Yet first I needed to take this moment”s” (I’m a very slow in the type writer) to share my Spring Musings w/ you.

Life here in “Ice – land” (I mean, Rochester N.Y.) has been especially rich since the first day of Spring…..

…. on March 20th I had to rush my super healthy beloved to the emergency room, as he felt his insides exploding.

He mustered the energy to share this description from a shaking body and completely grey complexion.

Surgery followed which included the removal of a part of his gut. It had twisted on itself for no apparent reason!

To put my experience in the trauma unit of a hospital in perspective, here is something you should know first: 
With the exception of a hand full of visits altogether, I had not spent any time staying in a hospital prior to this event.

Hospital nurses, and staff were in our room every half hour through each night attempting to manage the guy we shared rooms with. After a few days however they decided to tie him down to his bed. This was not of much help to us, as he only got louder as a result.

My sense of serenity was scarce those days and nights …

…. and just as my sweetheart lost so much weight that the nurses considered him to be malnourished and I lost so much of hair that I had to keep it on a braid to minimize the imprints it was leaving in the room; he finally farted!

In turn we rejoiced, as this was not only the doctor’s cue to remove an awful tube from his nose, one which prevented all the bile from passing through (and was oh so uncomfortable), but it was also our cue that things would now be moving in the direction of returning to our sacred nesting place (our home).

One week in, he’d gone poop and kept food down for the day. This meant we were out of that crazy prison!

Yet, time in our sanctuary was short lived!

Roommate aside, there was no sleep at home either.

My handsome husband turned into the exorcist as the gate was closed and nothing, absolutely nothing which had accumulated since arriving home, could pass through- This meant approximately 5 liters of vomit coming out all at once!!!

So we rushed back to the hospital. During this time our brother in law, Billy, another super healthy guy went into the hospital for his heart!!!
I remember returning home that afternoon to take Yoda to stay with a loving family and pick up some things for the next hospital round. The discouragement I felt packing that luggage once again, was REAL. This was the same luggage I had unpacked joyously only hours prior!!!

It was in that REAL moment that a deeper voice, one tone deeper than the voice narrating stories of self pity and fear on the surface, told me that he’d come out the other end purified and more full of life than ever before. All I needed to do was to remain present and with my heart open.

We were back in the same trauma unit, and in a way happy to see all the nurses, doctors and staff at Strong (name of the hospital). Those super heroes were simply inspiring!

Our roommate this time was as popular as your favorite movie star and people walked through our little space to see him in large groups late into the night ( although policy was three people at a time until 8 pm ). Like the previous roommate, they were uncontainable in their loudness. Yet, their noise was so loving that it sounded like music to our ears.

A handful of days later, we were home.  Not only able to sleep through the night but with the disposition to get some fresh air as well.

Yet, by the next day, Easter, we were back to the hospital a third time. Deni’s mom, Jacqueline, broke her hip!

Fast forward two weeks now, Deni was up so early with me today because we hosted the Open House of Assisi Yoga. Where he co-taught with me to a beautiful room filled to capacity and more than 75 people came to support the new adventure!

at the end of Open House yesterday with Gweni who got to attend a Youth Yoga, Meditation and Art class as well.:-)

To end this story on an even “sweeter note”, brother Billy’s heart is good and Mom Jacqueline is in rehab recovering well.

Love …
Love …
Love …
This was the answer that got me through to the other end of those two “hair losing” weeks. I expressed it in the form of gratitude. Specifically each morning and night, I left an imprint of what I’d be grateful for in the coming day and each night an imprint of what in fact had brought me joy in that day. And yes, there has been something to write about each night through it all.:-)

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Soul first

When what I see seems slightly distorted….
… judgement filled are the thoughts occupying my mind.  😳  
Yet on occasion, I choose to breathe instead.
The breath takes me beneath the noise….
….to where I can hear a whispering sound inviting me to move towards the center of where I reside.  🕊
At such moments, I know that it is my soul I am listening to first.🕊

Since capturing some aspect of the wondrous sight ~ a full Solar Eclipse ~ inspired so many people to enjoy a ‘Monday Pause’, I decide to follow suit and highlight ~ Soul first 🕊
More valuable then defining this particular Aspiration, is its process:
Like most virtuous goals, the willingness to listen more deeply is required.
And to have a mindfulness practice, such as Breathing, in place; can prove to be quite helpful.

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

Let me explain …
When my ‘heart’ feels unsettled, yes I’m referring to my emotions (not the organ), my attention quickly abandons the task at hand in search for what may pacify it.
Busy and distracted, my ‘psyche’ is easily seduced by any temporary and costly solution.
And just like that, it happens:  To appease the source of my distractions, the psyche, becomes the ultimate priority!

Yet, with the help of mindful breathing, I’m willing to listen more closely.

So, when a complex puzzle intersects my path, I feel assured that a soulful solution is also on its way.
Even if the solution is having to do work that I don’t yet know how to do or more challenging yet: acceptance of what is, simply!   
The solution does come!  It comes each time.

However distinct each of our various aspirations may be, and however unique of a process each of these may go through, we are likely to arrive at this same common denominator:

“seeking health was one if my aspirations….so surprisingly I heard me saying: “Christianne has a class on the web. She teaches meditation in a light manner and focus on exercising to control the immediate source of life … the breath.” Well, I did not reach that level of personal beauty. But her simple exercises are helping me internalize that I’m capable of learning new tricks, although I’m a pretty old dog.” Guillermo

Practice is required.
What kind of practice?
One that promotes mindfulness.

So, with a heaping spoon of endurance and a dash of playfulness, I practice mindfulness daily!

Join me?
Breath Awareness, an essential tool of my daily mindfulness practice, is a topic I will be exploring this September 24th.
If you’d like to be a part of  the third annual ‘Breathathon’ (mindful breathing) webinar event, please email me at c@befitforliving.com

Thanks for reading,
Christianne
PS:  In the name of BALANCE, below you” find one of my lunar eclipse musings (from 10/8/14):

Breathing and listening …
…for the whispers of my Soul 🕊

3:25 am ~ It is a bit to early for me.
Yet, after some negotiation about the possibility of returning to a little more sleep, the veridic was in and I got my “bumbum” (butt) up.
  Feeling rather ‘grumpy-tired’, a quick shift in attitude was needed if there was any chance that I’d still be able to greet

this new day for what it is:  Nothing short of a Present!
Since admiring the fullness of the “Empress of the Night” served me so well the night before, it made sense to repeat the gesture.
Except….

3:30 am ~ The most radiant star looks all distorted~
What happened to the perfectly round bright star illuminating the sky only a hand full of hours ago?
Ahhh …, my confusion shifts to curiosity, this must be an eclipse!

3:35 am ~ The moon is now fully obscured~
While in “Tadasana” (mountain pose), a space between my thoughts seems to open up.
In this moment I pause to listen …
…aligned in such a way with the Sun and the Moon was the Earth.
The Earth’s shadow creeping across the face of the Moon…
… and I standing on its surface.

3:40 am ~ The moon becomes blood red~
Earth dancing around the Sun

A renewed sense of purpose washes over me, as I acknowledge each of my aspirations.
The Moon dancing around the Earth

An embrace of belonging, whispering into my ears …
…residing at the center of your being is all that you treasure most.

3:45 am ~Restored to her fullness now~
the most brilliant star has stirred in me thoughts I wish not to forget.

So, I share them with you…

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Let Go…

Making room for new ways of doing life…. …in such vulnerable moments, I remind myself that the courage to Let Go of the outdated ones has already been attained! So, a bit more space (room) is all that is needed to help me develop the new skill. The breath can help me with this.

Making room for new ways of doing life….
…in such vulnerable moments, I remind myself that the courage to Let Go of the outdated ones has already been accomplished!
A reason to “Pause” is all that is needed now to help me develop the new skill.   So, I call on the breath to give me a hand.

Just Chill!
As simple as “just chilling” may sound, it may not be so easy to do!
Especially if, letting go* of control is not your strength.  If this is you, keep reading…

Mountain biking, having the magic of stretching my lips from cheek to cheek, is my sport.
Easy access to the woods, leading to more frequent play time these days, inspired me to sign up for an official lesson. 🚵‍♀️
The first thing I learned at my foundations class?
Index fingers hovering over both breaks, at all times!
Although I started riding two decades ago, this for me was a timely instruction, as it was only last week that my rear break snapped off – a little mishap which would have been HUGE if I were not wearing my helmet.  From that three hour lesson another handful of more optimal ways of riding emerged.
One by one, via practice, these new ways will claim their places.
Meanwhile, the outdated ones will fall away, one by one!

To rearrange habits while engaged in one’s favorite sport is a thrilling challenge.
Yet, what’s the appeal to do this when going about a typical, often stressful, ordinary day???

Having had the opportunity to be engaged in mindfulness practices more consistently these past three months, has helped me more easily catch the following subtle (yet, utterly outdated) impulse:
Entertaining assumptions as if they were truths,
especially when in unfamiliar or uncomfortable territory.

Choosing to be mindful as I go about my day, may not feel as thrilling of a challenge as riding in the wilderness;  Yet, it’s rewards do seem to have a more long lasting effect!

Things like gratitude, creativity or compassion seem far from reach when I’m occupied with”assumptions". When I catch this limitation, to simply attempt shift my attention to the more uplifting states of being, can stir up yet another limitation: self judgement/criticism. Hmmm…. All the while, fortunately, there is also the B R E A T H, completely within reach!!!  Via an in-breath, I notice where in the body I’m holding on to tension. Via an out-breath, I CHOOSE to release that tension. One breath at a time, assumptions “let go” and space is once again made available to EMBRACE things like creativity, compassion & GRATITUDE.

Things like gratitude, creativity or compassion seem far from reach; when I’m distracted by my “assumptions”.  When I catch this, to simply attempt shift my attention to the more uplifting states of being can stir up yet another limitation: self judgement/criticism. Hmmm….   All the while, fortunately, there is also the B R E A T H, completely within reach!!!  Via an in-breath, I notice where in the body I’m holding on to tension. Via an out-breath, I CHOOSE to release that tension. One breath at a time, assumptions “let go” and space is once again made available to EMBRACE things like creativity, compassion & GRATITUDE.

Although a completely different experience from riding in the wilderness, it is equally as rewarding; except it’s effect is more long lasting!
My personal process, biking and Be Fit 4 Living aside; here is one simple way to begin chilling more often this Summer:  Enjoy a handful of slow and deep breaths.  Do this each day, upon awakening and before bed.
Mindful breathing will give you the space needed to allow an impulse, such as “control”,  to Let Go*.
Yet, as good as it may sound to allow something as heavy as “control” to “follow its own nature of falling away”; like any other skill, practice is required!!!
So, if giving ‘mindful breathing’ a chance to integrate into your daily routine turns out to be more difficult to “DO” than it sounds, let your Life Sherpa lend you a hand!  To claim your spot in our third annual  Breathathon, please click HERE.

Thanks for reading and sharing (upper left hand corner).
Christianne
*Best definition of “Letting Go” I’ve yet come upon:  “To allow impulses to follow their own nature of falling away.”  Steven Batchelor

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