Align your thoughts with your Actions…

Happy Week

A sign from the Universe
L iberates intention
I ntention determines outcome
G enerates coherence
N ew energy enters your life
M oves you forward
E xcellent way to attract happiness
N ourishes your Soul
T ry not to resist it and flow with it

We are Divine beings living the human experience…

Alignment is about finding the feeling inside of the things that we want and then deliberating the choice to create those feelings.

If we align our intentions from a source of gratitude, we will attract more positive things into our lives and vibrate into a higher frequency throughout releasing and elevating our Divinity.

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

Your Relationship To Gravity And The Ground While In Yoga.

The whole of the pose while in yoga practice depends on its relationship to gravity and the ground.

Also the ground gives you a clear and stable reference for feedback about your body, as such is helpful to start building your pose by attending to the foundation.

All these must work in accord with the connection to the ground if it’s to work well.

If our foundation is compromised, so it’s our attention and our abilities.

If the foundation is weak, the pose will be weak.

That’s why at the beginning of a practice establishing the rule of breath awareness and synchronization with movement is essential.

Inside our bones there is growing and regeneration of the soft bone marrow, (which function is to produce our red and some white blood cells), just imagine what would happen if our red blood cells wouldn’t be able to carry the best quality of OXYGEN to our tissues and platelets.

Our inmune system (by default), would directly suffer collateral damage.

When our inmune system is compromised, as such is our mental awareness and concentration.

Why is this happening?

Oxygen keeps body cells working by releasing energy from the nutrients we obtain from food and breathing draws in plenty of oxygen, but an efficient transport system is required to carry the oxygen around the body.

Our heart and circulating blood are responsible to perform this role.

It is through the breath that we keep our blood circulating, the process of waste gas, carbon dioxide (produced by our body cells) is also happening.

So without breathing our brain would not be able to transmit electrical signals through our body taking us to an imminent energy shut down.

Needless to say, this could turn into an unnecessary challenge establishing
foundationb for any pose during a yoga practice.

Two sets of stretching seated asanas, will benefit the practitioners as part of a slowly somatic foundation.

For these reasons my experience as a Yoga Teacher is to start at the ground or bottom during a class with beginners or first time practitioners.

This will help them gain confidence to work up their transition based on a stable feedback gained from the relationship to gravity and the ground.

During advanced Vinyasa or Power Yoga, the practitioner had already gained the above mentioned relationship required for a good foundation.

That is why is considered an advanced level of yoga practice.

Rooting vs. Pressing

When we say “root or ground your feet” etc., what we mean is to establish a clear, even, and living connection with the ground. This is a sensate and dynamic experience. It is more than “pressing” because it is also receiving the information the action offers, and requires periodic attention to the regularly changing signals of your nervous system in order to sustain good practices. The foundation is an evolving process, not a one time act. As we warm up into a pose our needs shift, and what is possible changes.

Feet

The feet are comprised of a number of arches, maintained in a state of dynamic tension. If there was no tension your feet would be flat. You are the person who is maintaining your arches! Arches a resilient structures, which absorb shock as well as provide a springy dynamic quality to movements. To do this they need enough tension. One way to get a sense of augmenting their dynamic tension, and thus increasing their arch, is to lift the toes up strongly, and draw the sides of your feet towards the heels. After getting a sense of the feet drawing in and up with the above actions, lay the toes down and grip the ground with them. The toes are an essential part of your connection with the ground. You can play with these actions in standing poses. It will help cultivate a stronger foundation and more resilience.

When the Feet are part of the foundation one way to make sure they are firmly connected to the ground is to imagine they have four corners, and to root each of those corners in turn. This is a helpful intermediate step, but don’t get stuck believing they really have corners. After playing with the four corners see if you can find even better ways to refine your connection to the ground.

Hands

Like the feet, when the hands are part of the foundation it is important that they are intelligently placed—both to protect them, as well as your wrists and shoulders, and to give you the best possible support for your poses.

Floor Hands

Since many of the hand balance poses share the same hand configuration, for brevity we are calling this “Floor Hands.” Floor hands have the following qualities:

The horseshoe shaped perimeter of the palm roots down, This includes the sides of the palms, as well as the metacarpals at the base of the fingers and thumbs. The metacarpals should root evenly. Avoid the tendency for the base of the index finger and thumb to rise. If you are unable to control this try spreading your hands wider a part and see if that helps. – The center of the base of the palm (at the carpel tunnel) should have a bit of lift, along with the underside of the wrists. This maintains space in the carpel tunnel. – The fingertips claw the ground, and the centers of the fingers lift. – The fingers are level with the ground—not leaning to one side. – If you are in symmetrical poses with both hands on the ground such as Adho Mukha Svanasana, place the wrist creases in a straight line. Also, place the center of your wrists outer shoulder width apart. If your shoulders are tight then the hands can be farther apart.

Air Hands

When your hands are in the air rather than on the ground, we are calling them “Air Hands.” Air Hands have the following qualities:

They are energized and alive. From the core of your torso extend out through the fingers actively. – Fingers can be either together or apart. Examine what effects these positions have in your body.

When we open our hands the feeling in the torso feels more expansive.

When they are closed the energy feels more pointed and directed.

Which serves you best?

Sitting

When your pelvis and feet become part of the foundation, it is valuable for your connection through them to be clear, strong, and supportive. This is more possible if you are comfortable. Make sure you modify any pose so that you can approach it’s full expression comfortably and safely.

Use a lift if your hamstrings are tight.

In any sitting pose if you are unable to sit with the sacrum at least perpendicular to the floor, if not leaning forward slightly, then sit on a lift. This is so your leg flexors (psoas, quads) and/or adductors do not have to work to keep you upright. The lift can be one or more folded blankets; a bolster, a firm pillow, or even a chair. Be creative..

In seated poses where one or both knees are bent, feel free to place a support under them if they don’t comfortably rest on the ground or your feet. Unless you are actively addressing the muscles that lift your thigh and knee from the ground in that position, it can be counterproductive and fatiguing for the body to have to support the lifted thighs.

Last but not least;

Always keep in mind during yoga and even into life that “Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value.”

Namaste

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

DIVINE TIMING…

Everything that happens in life is perfectly aligned by a divine force, once you start believing in that higher power you realize that control is an illusion.

This doesn’t mean that you don’t take any action and just sit on your couch all day long, it simply means you accept life as it is with receptivity and faith as a source to believe in yourself. It means to fully engage into your potential to evolve into a better version.

You don’t try to force things to happen. You don’t flow against the current of the river, you allow yourself to release any resistance all the way from your cells tissue and your mind.

You start living life effortlessly mindfully, in other terms with awareness of each moment because you realize that everything is connected.

There may be some things that may feel really bad right now, but in the future you realize those bad times made you a strong person. So trust the divine timing of life, nothing is a coincidence in this Universe. Keep in mind that everything is aligned and connected.

Our body generates enough electricity to fuel an IPhone in 70 hours. https://wp.me/P7G3QF-xL

Everything we do is controlled and facilitated by electrical signals running through our bodies.

Think about how would our brain communicate with a skeleton of 206 bones and more than 600 muscles if it wouldn’t be the outcome of positive or negative charges of electricity that had been produced across our membranes when atoms switch charges.

In other words energy is our main Life Force. Hence is throughout our energy that we become able to connect to this divine and universal force, which descends to us and allow us to align with it in a vortex flow. However in order to experience that we must raise our frequency and vibration.

How to raise your vibration in order to align yourself with the vortex:

1. Gratitude:

Being grateful for what you already have surfaces your vibration and opens you up to receive more.

2. Meditate:

Meditating is a great way to ground yourself and feel connected to the Universe.

3. Affirmations:

Positive affirmations are very powerful because they release you from negativity, fear, worry, and anxiety. When these affirmations are repeated over and over again, they begin to take charge of your thoughts, slowly changing your pattern of thinking and ultimately changing your life.

There are some you could such as these ones below as an example

I am calm and peace.

I am in the vortex or the source.

I trust that I am loved and supported.

Every cell in my body vibrates with joy.

4. Connect with nature:

Go outside and connect with nature. It is a great way to ground yourself and feel connected to the Universe.

5. Self care:

Taking care of yourself is and essential way to raise your vibration. Go through physical health assessments at least once a year. Put on your face mask as long as required during this global pandemic period. Read a good book or simply do what feels good and makes you happy without jeopardizing yourself and others.

6. Visualize:

Close your eyes and see what you want to manifest. Visualize your dream life or goal . Imagine every aspect of your desire and see yourself with it.

7. Drink water:

Water helps you cleanse you from toxins and impurities that could be weighing down your vibration. Water raises your vibration from the inside out.

8. Journal:

This is a great way to clear and organize the mind. Journaling will raise your vibration by releasing worries onto the paper by freeing them from your mind.

Last but not least;

“You are only vibrations away from what you want” (Abraham Hicks)

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

BE THE PERSON WHO BREAKS THE CYCLE…

Hey there, I have learned throughout my years of facilitation as a yoga teacher, master resilience trainer and reiki master that enlightenment is not an altered state of consciousness; it is coming out of an altered state of consciousness.

Sometimes we are faced abruptly into adversity, which is meant to test our faith within ourselves and even our connection to the Universe, Divine Source or God. It happens through many ways.

It could be undergoing physical suffering, as well as mental or even heartbreak. In summary, life is full of adversity, since the moment we are delivered out of our mother’s womb (our safest zone) in order to face this world full of difficulties.

However, if we keep ourselves attached to the past experiences that caused us any type of pain; we lose connection to ourselves, to what we want, to our life’s purpose and to our source of love and gratitude, God.

If we accept and realize that is within ourselves to break the chain of resentment, lack of forgiveness, to shelter compassion and love then we will be able to heal and evolve eventually into a better version of ourselves.

During this week of reflexion meditate and see yourself able to:

Choose understanding if you were judged.

Choose accountability in order to make anything up.

Choose acceptance if you were rejected.

Choose compassion if you were shamed.

Choose to be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than who broke you.

Choose to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.

Forgiveness and love were the main teachings of our greatest master of resilience, Jesus. Throughout his short life, his crucifixion and resurrection he left us a great message and lesson that resonates a lot with Victor Hugo’s quote “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

Last but not least;

It is within our will and practice of selflove to move on from the darkest night and allow our sun to rise.

Namaste

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

How to improve your “Emotional Intelligence.”

Emotional intelligence is our capability to recognize our own emotions and those of others. This encourages the development of discernment between different feelings so we can label them appropriately. If we become able to structure our emotional information it will guide our thinking and behavior, towards easier transition into different type of environments facilitating us to achieve our goals.

While emotions are associated with bodily reactions that are activated through neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain, feelings are the conscious experience of emotional reactions.

Feelings are sparked by emotions and shaped by personal experiences, beliefs, memories, and thoughts linked to that particular emotion.

Strictly speaking, a feeling is the side product of your brain perceiving an emotion and assigning a certain meaning to it.

In summary the difference between emotions and feelings are as described bellow…

Emotions are neuro-physiological reactions unleashed by an external or internal stimulus (emotions are physical). This explains why not being able to decompress trapped emotions as response to environmental stress can erode our cells tissue eventually creating physical and mental struggles.

Feelings are a self-perception of specific emotions, being a  subjective expression of emotions (feelings are mental).

Here are some tips to improve your emotional intelligence:

1. Reflect on your emotions.

2. Assertive communication, but still respectful.

3. Ask for others perspectives.

4. Accept criticism. Ask what you can learn rather than resist.

5. Press the “Pause” button. Allow your attention to your breath, press your tongue towards the roof of your mouth (behind the front teeth) inhale deeply through your nose and when you exhale allow yourself to let go of any resistant feelings that clouds your critical thinking (the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment) process.

6. Practice maintaining your positive attitude regardless of others.

7. Respond rather than reacting to conflict. (Review tip #5).

8. Practice self awareness. Keeping attention into the present moments protects from triggers rooted from unrelated past experiences that might unconsciously boost behavior projections.

9. Explore and understand the “why.”

10. Empathize, Empathize, Empathize.

11. Be observant.

12. Hunt for the good stuff (make inventory of each emotion, looking forward to find something good or a lesson out of each life’s event).

Example:

If a job interview was suddenly cancelled and rescheduled, focus your energy thinking that the Universe is giving you more time to prepare or that it could be heavenly protection from driving on the road that specific day.

13. Allow yourself to embrace yoga. The practice of yoga helps achieve a balance within the internal and external environment, thereby seeking to attain mental, spiritual and physical well-being.

14. Practice always. If you practice at least *21 days how to improve your emotional intelligence you will see the difference making it part of your daily routine.

Last but not least;

” See thru the eyes of compassion. Listen with ears of tolerance. Speak with the language of love.” -Rumi

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

* Scientific research has shown that 21 is the required amount of days to develop cellular memory in order to create a good habit.

Learning to Hunt For the Good Stuff.

I barely share negative experiences not because of denial of them, I do acknowledge their existence but just because as a person with strong resilience training and developed skills in addition to energy healing & holistic trainings, I’m not an encourager of nurturing the victim archetype through my work.

Nonetheless since gratitude is my subject today, I will share the reason based on a personal experience.

Last night on my way home another driver asleep or drunk (who never stopped the march) was driving on the opposite lane (against the traffic) with the car’s light turned off. After realizing what I had in front of me I tried to pull over my vehicle to the right side but I lost control of my vehicle in the event that to that side of the road there was only slope soil.

I was so scared when felt the right side tires on the air with the attempt of turning my Jeep upside down, indeed I felt about to rollover. With the uncertainty of what was next, I closed my eyes asking God for help.

I thought (from the bottom of my heart) that it would be too hard to get out of this adversity test without physical damage, because a car is material stuff at the end of the road.

Within the darkness around the scene I started to see a blinding light out of nowhere which gave me the strength to get it together with an incredible courage in order to take control of the situation so when I was about to rollover, a supreme force suddenly stopped my Jeep placing back both tires on the ground (and away from the slope soil, I found myself with the vehicle still in march).

I was able to push the brake literally in frozen mode and after calming down because I felt like getting off the car & run away from it…
I started back the engine and kept my way back home (safely).

Incredibly the only damage my car received (so far) was at the left front wheel with some scratches. Which is something replaceable.

Last but not least;

I felt something on the rug around my feet and when looking downwards was the religious scapular of Archangel Michael, Don Roberto (a member of the Sacred Sacrament adoration group) had given me just 24 hours prior to this event at the Chapel where I celebrate mass, and which I posted (practicing gratitud) in my facebook page during Thursday evening.

Here is the only simple damage received to my vehicle.

Now how to make this a Grateful Day

First:

Be grateful for your life, because when you woke up not everyone made it this far.

Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all the time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations.

Second:

Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful.

For example:

I wake up everyday in gratitude to God for another day of life and without covid-19, so what I explained above deepens my gratitude, but humbly I suggest not to wait for something bad to happen in your life in order to be grateful.

Third:

Hunt for the good stuff:

This is a resilience skill in which you notice everyday positive experiences or discover something positive through a set back or problem.

Reflect on the positive experiences to think more about and savor the experience.

Journaling exercise to hunt for the good stuff:

Journal to record minimum 3 good things a day…

An objective Example:

  1. Waking up alive is a gift
  2. Having food to eat everyday
  3. Having a source of income to pay your bills and survive

After that, write a reflection of at least one sentence about one or more of the following topics:

A subjective example:

a) Why this good thing happened to me?

In my case because if the good wouldn’t happened to me; I could have been killed or kill someone, which thankfully did not happen.

b) What this good thing means to you?

In my case I felt (and faith here is important) a supreme Divine force taking control of the situation, remember I had asked God for help desperately.

c) What you can do tomorrow to enable more of this good thing?

In my case to avoid during the night that route, which I took to avoid a bunch of stopping lights but is not as illuminated and safe than another route that would take me home.

What way you or others contributed to this good thing?

In my case, I prayed and it evidentially gave good results.

Have a grateful day

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

We are like a Snowflake…

We are different in our own beautiful way.

However, when you choose joy you feel good and when you feel good you do good… You do good and when you do good it reminds others what joy feels like and it just might inspire them to do the same.

This year has been a global wellness lesson for all of us. Having to embrace a pandemic, that pushed us to leave our comfort zone and even more how to learn to go and grow with the flow.

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.

Remember although we fall, we break and fail sometimes if we keep our thoughts focused on thinking; what is the best I will take out of this?

You will allow yourself to rise, to heal and overcome whatever is on your way.

Merry Christmas and thanks for so much support through so many followers of Semperlee Yoga Blog.

I feel so honored, humbled and grateful to be part of your choice as a blogger.

I also hope to serve you even better every single day.

Last but not least, may all our thoughts, words and actions contribute to the peace, healing and love of this humanity.

Namaste

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

The Night Before Christmas.

Greetings Beautiful Soul.

Take this gift from a Christmas Star.

A diamond shines no brighter than that lovely Christmas star.

It shines in all its brilliance its seen from near or far.

A symbol of the Christ child as he lays upon the hay.

It tells to all the waiting world a King was born that day.

See Bethlehem star shining like the chamber of your heart, free of pain full of faith, hope, love and new beginnings on your path.

Let us keep our thoughts forever turning to the savior and the light within our heart.

I hope you a beautiful day and wonderful Christmas Eve. With Love

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

When the tough gets going…

Life is a gift, but we need to make the best out of it and when the tough gets going the strong will work harder to meet the challenge.

Remember if you already survive your challenging delivery and arrival experience the day you were born, then look at yourself in the mirror and repeat “I am resilient.” In other words that you are born with the gift of facing life’s chances and adversities with its required surviving skills.

Decision making is the process of making choices by identifying a decision, gathering information, and assessing alternative resolutions.

TIPS FOR MAKING DECISIONS

• Never make a decision when you are emotionally charged whether happy or sad.

Never make a decision when you are hungry.

Take at least 24 hours to make any big decision.

Never agree to something when you are not sure if it’s the right thing for you.

Do not allow yourself to be pressured into a decision.

Never make a decision based only on one factor.

Last but not least;

“Life is a ten percent what happens to us and ninety percent of how we respond to it.” -Charles Swindoll

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

How to hear during silence.

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” -Ram Dass

What was meditation and Buddhist guru Ram Dass really implying?

The general goal of mindfulness and self-discovery is to quiet the endless parade of thoughts that march through our minds almost incessantly.

Self-discovery is extremely important when there is lack of grounding due to several events that during our lives, we have to face and react unexpectedly.

Also self-discovery provides support to develop resilience skills in order to deal with emotional trauma (when applicable) sometimes caused during childhood. Unfortunately it remains in the subconscious until another trauma or stressful routine triggers the mind and hence its resistance to deal with it.

Most of our errant thoughts are rooted in the past and future – thoughts of fear, fantasy, frustration, envy and regret.

Rarely are we completely rooted in the present moment. So when we learn how to control a phantom mind, through at least 15 minutes daily doing meditation, there will be multiple benefits that extend from the crown of our head all the way to our feet.

We connect with our breath and learn how to use it as a resource to pace the mind. People have gotten used to constantly talking, listening to television or music, or making noise in other ways. Creating noise just for the sake of noise will never let us understand the beauty of silence or appreciate the world around us.

Take 2 minutes and do nothing but listen, without talking or having any background noise, and you may be amazed at what you hear.

The sound of birds singing, insects buzzing, and all of the other noises that are going on are often overlooked because they are not clearly heard.

If you go into nature and you are silent you will find that nature can be quite noisy in a natural and appealing way.

The importance of silence is also a factor in relationships, because if you are always talking then you are not hearing what your partner is saying.

It is better to be silent and practice situational awareness, only speaking when this is necessary, so that you can truly hear what others are trying to tell you. Instead of standing in front of the person talking and instead of being present the mind is wondering somewhere else.

Last but not least;

“Meditate and let the light of the heart engulf you “ -G.C

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

How to be mentally strong.

In order to be mentally strong people, we need to recognize our tendency to develop certain patterns of self-sabotage thinking and behavior due to a belief” programming” we absorb from those around us during past experiences.

If this mental state stimulates unwanted anxiety and hurt (depending on the circumstances) we need to start doing something about it.

If we recognize that these old patterns of behavior are not working for us in our present we have the power to stop them from causing more harm than good.

Also accept that if we keep doing what we are always doing we will not be able to let go and move on towards a better state of positive thinking.

Below are some recommendations to improve mental strength:

• Don’t fear alone time.

• Don’t dwell on the past.

• Don’t feel the world owes you.

• Don’t expect immediate results.

• Don’t fear taking calculated risks.

• Don’t give up after the first failure.

• Don’t shy away from responsibilities.

• Don’t worry about pleasing everyone.

• Don’t resent on other people’s success.

• Don’t let others influence emotions

• Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself.

• Don’t waste energy on things you can’t control.

Last but not least;

“Your mind is a powerful weapon if you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change in a positive way.”

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

Spread Your Wings And Fly – SEMPERLEE YOGA

Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly. When the stormy winds of life threaten to knock you down, may you have the courage to spread your wings and fly! No bird can fly without opening its wings, and no one can love without exposing their hearts. You’ve to…
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Spread Your Wings And Fly

Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly. When the stormy winds of life threaten to knock you down, may you have the courage to spread your wings and fly!

No bird can fly without opening its wings, and no one can love without exposing their hearts.

You’ve to spread your wings if you really want to fly. Take risks, try new things, go places you haven’t gone, be willing to not know, be okay with making mistakes.

Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven. Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. Imagine what will happen to a child who’s not provided the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

How to let go of what weighs you down?

Begin by learning to control your breath. Allowing yourself that awareness will provide you better physiological responses of relaxation in the midst of challenges.

Begin to meditate “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrender.”

Embrace mindfulness, keeping yourself at the present will decrease unnecessary worries about what will happen tomorrow.

Embrace into the practice of yoga, it will help you to let go and release from mental and physical blockages that creates a sensation of carrying the world on your shoulders.

Becoming able to master both skills, is to surrender and winning at the same time. Because once you control the turbulence of you thoughts, you are able to let go anything that weighs you down. Hence you will go further than you could ever dreamed possible.

God will only push you off a cliff if He’s going to give you wings to fly.

Spread your wings of love, and let your mind fly to a distant land where love is the air of life.

Last but not least;

It was pride that changed angels into devils, it is humility that makes men as angels.

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

How to embrace “The Hero’s Journey” in order to rebirth.

There are moments in life when we feel that we need to step out of something or someone that instead of nurturing our evolution towards a higher self, is dragging us back. Here is the thing, there is a gift we all have which is called discernment. We are energy and there is lots of scientific search and research that sustains it, you just have to navigate on the web in order to find it. So, I will not begin giving a class about that subject.

Being that said, when I took a course about Christ healing I learned about the existence of this precious gift we all have and I would like to share some of that.

Discernment works through our inner voice/intuition, awareness on this because sometimes our ego (representing our inner shadow struggles) https://wp.me/p7G3QF-qv, posted in mindfulness, yoga), begins to operate from our inner vulnerabilities to confuse us within a back and forth loop generating energy of self guilt and drama. That way this hold us back from letting go and move on towards a better version of ourselves finding a state of wellness anywhere else.

When you feel that something or someone brings to your life enlightenment, self-grow, self-love and even encourages any spiritual or religious practice that contributes to your resilience in a positive way; that… is an energy of high vibration which is closer to our “Higher Power” or “God”.

However, if it happens creating you disorientation, anxiety, guilt with self punishment orientation, constant isolation then is an energy that has roots from a low vibration which is obviously dragging you away from your “Higher Power” and source of inner and external love which as result ends up driving you into sorrow and unhappiness.

From my military background I learned about personal courage as an army value, that does not states there is absence of fear, instead teaches us to transmute that fear into a positive energy that will remind us to stay alert if engaged into combat during the darkness (looking forward to survive until dawn) by taking unfamiliar routes in order to succeed until the sun rises.

In summary do not be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they are the ones that take you to the best places. Allow yourself to embrace your inner Hero’s Journey.

Joseph Campbell developed a narratology to guide us into this journey, named “The Hero’s Journey” which is the common template of stories that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis and comes home changed or transformed.

Campbell who was influenced by Carl Jung’s analytical psychology, used the monomyth to deconstruct and compare religions. In his famous book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), he describes the narrative pattern as follows:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Below is an illustration of this template and a breakdown of the steps.

1. Ordinary World:

This is where our Hero’s exists before our present story begins, oblivious of the adventures to come. It’s our comfort zone. Our everyday life where we learn crucial details about our true nature, capabilities and outlook on life. This anchors our Hero as a human, just like you and me, and makes it easier for us to identify with him and hence later, empathize with his plight.

2. Call To Adventure

Our adventure begins when we receive a call to action, such as a direct threat to our safety, our family, our way of life or to the peace of the community in which we live. It may not be as dramatic as a gunshot, but simply a phone call or conversation but whatever the call is, and however it manifests itself, it ultimately disrupts the comfort of our Ordinary World and presents a challenge or quest that must be undertaken.

3. Refusal Of The Call

Although we may be eager to accept the quest, at this stage we will have fears that need overcoming. Second thoughts or even deep personal doubts as to whether or not our Hero is up to the challenge. When this happens, we will refuse the call and as a result may suffer somehow. The problem we face may seem to much to handle and the comfort of home far more attractive than the perilous road ahead. This would also be our own response and once again helps us bond further with our reluctant Hero.

4. Meeting The Mentor “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”

At this crucial turning point we desperately need guidance and in serendipity the Universe (God) bring us a mentor figure who gives us something we need. Therefore we could be given an object of great importance, insight into the dilemma we face, wise advice, practical training or even self-confidence. Whatever the mentor provides us with it serves to dispel our doubts and fears encouraging the strength and courage we need to begin our quest. This is when our fears begin to transmute into personal courage, as I mentioned during my introduction.

5. Crossing The Threshold (the doorway)

Our Hero is now ready to act upon the call to adventure and truly begin the quest, whether it be physical, spiritual or emotional. We may go willingly or may be pushed, but either way we finally cross the threshold between the comfort zone and the challenge we are not familiar with, but represents the light or fulfillment into this quest. It may be leaving home for the first time in our life or just doing something we have always been scared to do. However the threshold presents itself, this action signifies our commitment to this journey.

6. Tests, Allies, Enemies

Now finally out of our comfort zone our Hero is confronted with an ever more difficult series of challenges that test us in a variety of ways. Obstacles are thrown across our path; whether they be physical hurdles or people sabotaging our progress, our Hero must overcome each challenge is presented along the journey towards the ultimate goal.

We need to find out who can be trusted and who can’t. Our Hero may earn allies and meet enemies who will, each in their own way, help prepare us for the greater ordeals yet to come. They will become our teachers as well. This is the stage where our skills and/or powers are tested and every obstacle that we face helps us gain a deeper insight into our character and ultimately identify with our Hero even more.

7. Approach To The Inmost Cave

The inmost cave may represent many things in our story such as an actual location in which lies a terrible danger or an inner conflict which up until now we have not had to face. As our Hero approaches the cave (solitude) we must make final preparations before taking that final leap into the great unknown.

At the threshold to the inmost cave we may once again face some of the doubts and fears that first surfaced upon the call to adventure. This means that we may need some time to reflect upon our journey and the treacherous road ahead in order to find the courage to continue. This brief respite helps the people around us to understand the magnitude of the ordeal that awaits us and escalates the tension in anticipation of our ultimate test.

8. Ordeal

The Supreme Ordeal may be a dangerous physical test or a deep inner crisis that we must face in order to survive or for the world in which we live to continue to exist. Whether it be facing our greatest fear or most deadly foe, we must draw upon all of our skills and experiences gathered upon the path to the inmost cave in order to overcome our most difficult challenge.

Only through some form of “death” we can be reborn, experiencing a metaphorical resurrection that somehow grants us greater power or insight necessary in order to fulfill our destiny. This is the high-point of our story and where everything we hold dear (emotional baggage) is put on the line. If our Hero fails, he will either die or live as he knows it will never be the same again.

9. Reward (Seizing The Sword)

After defeating the enemy, surviving death and finally overcoming our greatest personal challenge, we are ultimately transformed into a new state, emerging from battle as a stronger person and often with a prize.

The Reward may come in many forms:

An object of great importance or power, a secret, greater knowledge or insight, or even reconciliation with a loved one or ally.

Whatever the treasure, which may well facilitate our return to the Ordinary World, that when we must quickly put celebrations aside and prepare for the last leg of his journey.

10. The Road Back

This stage represents a reverse echo of the Call to Adventure in which we had to cross the first threshold. Now we must return home with our reward but this time the anticipation of danger is replaced with that of acclaim and perhaps vindication, absolution or even exoneration.

But our Hero’s journey is not yet over and we may still need one last push back into the Ordinary World. The moment before we finally commit to the last stage of our journey may be a moment in which we must choose between our own personal objective and that of a Higher Cause.

11. Resurrection

This is the climax in which our Hero must have the final and most dangerous encounter with the metaphorical death. The final battle also represents something far greater than our own existence with its outcome having far-reaching consequences to our Ordinary World and the lives of those we left behind.

If we fail, others will suffer and this not only places more weight upon our shoulders but in a movie, grips the audience so that they too feel part of the conflict and share our Hero’s hopes, fears and trepidation. Ultimately our Hero will succeed, destroy the (inner) enemy and emerge from battle cleansed and reborn.

12. Return With The Elixir

This is the final stage of our journey in which we return home to our Ordinary World a changed human being. We will have grown as a person, learned many things, faced many terrible dangers and even death but now looks forward to the start of a new life.

Our return may bring fresh hope to those we left behind, a direct solution to their problems or perhaps a new perspective for everyone to consider.

The final reward that we obtains may be literal or metaphoric.

It could be a cause for celebration, self-realization or an end to strife, but whatever it is it represents three things:

• Change

• Success

• Proof of our journey.

The return home also signals the need for resolution for the story’s other key players.

Our doubters or enemies will be ostracized, and our allies rewarded.

Ultimately we will return to where we started with a better version of ourselves and things will clearly never be the same again.

Last but not least;

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is when the “hero” within us is revealed.”

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

References;

1. https://innerpeaceouterjoy.com/the-heros-journey-an-archetypal-blueprint-for-our-lives/

2. Owning Your Shadow ( Robert A. Johnson) First edition.