INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

12.04.2021

The new reality.

What if everything from an accidental pocket dial to an ankle sprain happened exactly the way it was supposed to happen in order to position us for our next stage of growth?

Being accepting, instead of resentful, of these types of undesirable experiences can reveal opportunities that we would otherwise miss by wasting time wondering if it was meant to be.

The short answer is yes, it was meant to be. How do we know? Because it happened. And the sooner we accept the new reality, the sooner the new opportunities will reveal themselves - Light Watkins.

Can we be open minded, courageous and greet new possibilities with open heart?

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

1.03.2021

Welcome to March! 

Welcome to spring! New Beginning!

 
This letter was sent to me a few years ago by my yoga teacher Claire Murphy. I read it every Spring and found again and again inspiring every time I read. This year, I read the letter with different focus, connecting to global pandemic and looking ahead with hope and courage.

"Spring is beginning to happen all around us.  Every day something new seems to appear from out of the depths in the garden, the sap is rising.  The same thing happens in us – the life-force starts to move again, we start to feel the urge to “do” after the dormancy and waiting of winter.  All the seeds we planted during the winter and at New Year start to stir and it’s time to get active in bringing forth our new ideas and projects. 
 
Consider a small crocus – the sap stirs and it begins to push its tender roots and shoots through the solid, often frozen earth.  It meets obstacles in the guise of sudden snowfall, heavy frost or flooding and yet it carefully pushes on. It doesn’t give up even against these overwhelming obstacles. As you begin to move out of your comfort zone, to grow and flourish at this time or year you will definitely also run up against some mighty obstacles.  But, like the humble crocus, don’t give up. The life force is with you right now – surging like the snow melt in a mountain stream. So, step into that current, do what everything else in nature is doing right now – and grow!  Nothing stays the same, all things grow and evolve…how do you want to express that this year?  If a tiny shoot can move through frozen ground and bitter cold imagine what you, with all the power of a human being, can accomplish?" - Claire


INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

19.02.2021

Things To Remember         by Bendy Witch

Find your Love at the start of the day
Then things will more likely go your way

Stop for a moment and let Love out
Let in all the Blessings already about

Pause, breathe, check your breath
A healthy flow wards off premature death

Close your eyes, take time to see
Your heart’s desire manifest with glee

With clarity comes peace of mind
A sense that the world is loving and kind

Be grateful for the little things
Take time to hear your Spirit sing

When you stand align your feet
Lift your heart, with Courage meet

With Confidence greet your day
Choose your path, let Love lead the way

Find your rhythm and set your pace
Know you are always in the right place

Trust that any time you choose
A new direction becomes available to you

Believe in yourself, Be Love, Be you
And others will feel safe to be themselves too

If you’re not sure whose face you’re seeing
Ask yourself is this Love or fear speaking

Let Love be your form of protection
Trust it will heal frustration and rejection

If any fear you happen to swallow
Know there is no need to wallow

Have a good cry and maybe a shout
Sing, dance and shake it all out

Make time to play, make time to rest
If you always want to be at your best

Be the Love that you want to see
Then life becomes beautiful and easy

Value each day and every minute
But don’t try to cram too much in it

As you rest your head before you sleep
Give thanks for this days Blessings you’ve reaped

Forgiving all those asleep to Love’s presence
Allows you to live each day in reverence

It’s a lot to remember and you may well forget
As you get busy with work or the internet

But when you get tired and you’re feeling blue
Pick up this poem to remind you

That you are Love, Love is you
You can Be Love any time you choose

Blessed Be
xxx

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

3.02.2021

Healing

By Dana Foulds

There is healing in the laying on of hands;


in the letting go of fear,

in asking for help,
in silence,

celebration,

prayer.


There is healing in speaking the truth and in keeping still,


in seeking sunlight and not shunning struggle.

Laughter and the affirmation of wholeness hold their own healing.

When the soul dances, when the day begins in delight,


when love grows and cannot be contained,


when life flows from moment to moment,


healing happens in the space between thoughts,


and the breath before the first sung note.


Healing is a birthright and a grace.


When we dare to be open to the unknown,


when we extend ourselves in caring,


when we welcome in the vast expanse of life,


healing comes from the heart, and blossoms from the inside out.

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

24.01.2021

ABOUT KINDNESS

Someone said that we can't do great things on this earth and that we can only do small things with great love. Sharing yoga with you every day is my small thing, which I do with great love. 
 
In Yoga, we learn about Ahimsa as the first moral principles of yoga practice. The term Ahimsa is an important spiritual doctrine shared by Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It literally means 'non-injury' and 'non-killing'. It implies the total avoidance of harming of any kind of living creatures not only by deeds, but also by words and in thoughts. Treating yourself and others with kindness.

KINDNESS is one of the numerous things our world could benefit from having more of right now, during this pandemic time. Kindness should be cultivated through upbringing and education. Being one of the basic behavioural attributes, kindness has been adjusted in all spheres of our life.
 

When things get tough, ask yourself : What is the kindest thing to do right now?

Ways to Practice Ahimsa:
 
1.Practice mindful eating.

2. Allow yourself to receive. You may think that by always giving, you are ensuring non-harm and opening generosity to others.

3. See through, not with, the eye.

4. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle that you may not be aware of.

5. Cultivate the seeds of positive and loving thoughts.

6. Care for Mother Earth and our ecosystem.

7. Resolve conflicts through peaceful measures.

 
Mantra from HH the Dalai Lama:
 

“Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up.

I am alive and have a precious human life.

I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use all my energies to develop myself to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,

I am not going to get angry or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

 Kindness = Happiness ?

Science of Kindness: Kindness! A Healthier, Happier Choice! Did you know that engaging in ACTS OF KINDNESS is proven to boost serotonin. Serotonin heals your wounds, calms you down and makes you HAPPY!

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

24.12.2020

You are enough and doing your best ?

I would like you to remember, that there is only one of you in this world and you are uniquely beautiful. Accept it. It’s a fact! You are part of the great Universe. One little spark maybe, but nevertheless one part of the Great Plan of Life. Within it, not outside of it. And you are not alone – the rest of Life is needing you just as much as you are needing it. 

Take a moment. Just stop. Breath and trust your intuition. Allow yourself to feel this connection. You are enough and doing your best. There is only one of you and you have a unique purpose. Therefore, allow yourself to follow your heart’s desire – the Life needs you.

I shall leave you with my favourite quote passed to me from my friend:

"I was looking for someone to inspire me, motivate me, support me, keep me focused… Someone who would love me, cherish me, make me happy, and I realised all along that I was looking for myself.” – Unknown.  

And if things are tough, ask yourself – “What is the kindest thing to do right now?”

Much love, Olga xoxo

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

22.11.2020

About Meditation 

Meditation means being alive.

Meditation means staying present.

Meditation means really experiencing the moment.

We are not trying to get somewhere. 

We are not trying to get into particular state.

Meditation is very simple, there is no way to failing. It’s simply you being with you. Coming back to yourself.

Meditation means gathering your attention. Seeing you as you are.

We bring attention and awareness back home when the world seems so different.

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

27.10.2020

Love this life

As we go through different challenges in life, we look for sources of strength and affirmation. We find inspiration everywhere, sometimes in faith, religion, books, sacred texts, art, songs, poetry, music, nature, spiritual guides, teachers, friends and family…the list goes on.

We look for support and a catalyst for our spirit and soul to find the freedom, release fears and struggles and celebrate our strength and resilience. It helps us to make choices and to create the world around us better place.

 

Love This Life Poem by David Culiner

 

LovethisLife...

is about celebrating the moment and that

we're not guaranteed or owed another day

and how cool it is that what we hide

can actually be the fuel towards our glory

and that it's not so bad being proven wrong

 

LovethisLife...

is about welcoming the blind turn

and the possibility that

there's no such thing as coincidence

and that empathy is incredibly sexy

and that it's never too late to

pick up a guitar or a paintbrush

or to make an amend or to make a new friend

 

LovethisLife...

could be about rekindling a past flame

or igniting a new one

or shapeshifting from a dreamer into a doer

or savouring the caress of a love long gone

 

LovethisLife...

means whatever it is you want it to mean because

 

LovethisLife...

is a celebration of you and your path

 

LovethisLife...

'cuz it could go at any second,

 

you rock!

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

25.09.2020

Whatever a person does, the results will follow him to the farthest reaches. There is nowhere, not on earth or in the sky, that the results of our deeds will not bear fruit. —The Dhammapada

People often struggle to understand karma. Karma is simply the law of cause and effect, and in our lives this law of cause and effect depends on our intention. To understand, notice how the motivation or intention preceding an action determines the future karmic result of that action. If an act is motivated by true kindness, it will necessarily bring a positive result, and if an act is motivated by aggression or greed, over time it will eventually bring an unpleasant result. But because karmic results do not always bear fruit immediately, it is sometimes difficult to observe this process.

Speech is one area in which karma can be seen in an easy and direct way. For this exercise, resolve to take two or three days to carefully notice the intentions that motivate your speech. Direct your attention to the state of mind that precedes talking, the motivation for your comments, responses, and observations. Try to be particularly aware of whether your speech is even subtly motivated by boredom, concern, irritation, loneliness, compassion, fear, love, competitiveness, greed, or whatever state you observe. Be aware, too, of the general mood or state of your heart and mind, and how that may be influencing your speech. Try to observe without any judgment or program of what you should see. Simply notice the various motivations in the mind and the speech that flows from them.

Then, after discovering which motivation is present as you speak, notice the effect of the speech. If there is competitiveness or grasping or pride or irritation behind the speech, what response does it elicit from the world around you? If there is compassion or love, what is the response? If your speech is mindless, as if you were on automatic pilot, what is the response? If there is clarity and concern, how is this received and responded to?

With the law of karma we have a choice in each new moment of what response our heart and mind will bring to the situation around us. In discovering the power of our inner states to determine outer conditions, we are able to follow a path that can lead to genuine happiness and freedom.

This excerpt is taken from the book, “Seeking the Heart of Wisdom” by Jack Kornfield & Joseph Goldstein.

INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT

25.07.2020

This poem suggests that we view this era of social distancing as a chance to undertake purposeful activities like meditation, exercise, and dancing, and result in a kind of global healing.

"And the people stayed home", K O'Meara.

And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised,
and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous,
mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made new choices,
and dreamed new images, and created new ways
to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.


We get inspirations from everywhere, even when we don’t expect it. Your creativity shine through in different aspects of life - like cooking, baking, painting, gardening, decorating the house, singing, making films and videos.... This Covid 19 lockdown inspired many of us to learn new skills, or to be brave to learn something new! I know many of us improved our tech knowledge and very proud of it! 

I would like to present this amazing piece of art from artists Ray Burnside, Stephanie Grainger (Regular TOFFS Yoga Club student ) and another regular yoga student of Yoga Life Studio, Clive Whitburn. They were inspired musically to create a choral piece using a virtual choir (New Network Singers Virtual Choir) where each singer recorded their own vocal parts and then edited them all together. Even though people may be at home recording this on their own there is such a strong sense of community in this project as all the voices came together to form a choir. This piece, entitled "In the Time of Pandemic " (a short video of lockdown choral piece written to the words of American Kitty O'Meara) has been described as the following:
"Soothes the sou