Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
At the beginning of the year I was curious about Mrs. Gilbert’s take on creativity, being a fan of Eat, Love, and Pray, I decided to get my hands on a copy of her newly published book, BIG MAGIC. As a creative person, so much from the very beginning resonated with me. So much so that I began reading out loud in bed before falling asleep so Brian would hear, yes he’s hooked. Most significantly, for me, Big Magic inspired a new way of approaching those random daily inclinations. Those random thoughts that just pop into your head about trying something new or calling you to do that which you have long forgotten but once brought you so much joy, like singing, or whatever. The idea is that your answering that deep call within simply because it makes your soul dance with glee, not because your necessarily amazing at it, you just might be, but that’s not the point. I’m a big fan of enjoying life, so it Elizabeth Gilbert. For me it was wanting to detox, a voice kept saying, ‘hey, maybe it’s time to quit smokes, you’ve done it before you can do it again, this time for good’. To quit smoking I needed to take a break from drinking (I’ve been here before). Drinking is one heck of a way to let loose and I love it, I still enjoy it, at the time though, I wanted a change and I knew what had to be done, all I needed was a good enough excuse, a commitment I would not break.
Yoga Teacher Training |+| Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
Which landed me in YTT, yoga teacher training. The thought crossed my mind several times before throughout the years but I never considered it seriously, besides timing and finances didn’t line up until this past February. Yoga Six was offering a training that aligned perfectly with the seasonal job I had and it would be held in a studio off of the Coast Highway (less than a block from beach). So I was in, just like that, not much convincing needed when it all just fits. When I told my friends the news not one was surprised, some even wondered why I hand’t done so sooner, it just made that much sense. So I blocked off the next 10 weeks, it’s a 8 week program in a 10 week window, and it worked like a charm. This experience would never be replicated and I dived right in, I didn’t realize just how hungry I was and how easy it would be to block out all other distractions. Didn’t think I would burst open though, I seriously thought I had my shit under wraps (whatever that means). Then one day during a candle light meditation my soul burst open, and I cried and cried. I cried for days, started to carry tissues with me, no joke, the flood gates were officially opened, it’s just a way for energy to express itself, the energy I stored for so many years. Once the initial release subsided I was ready to do some work, let shit go and become an active participant in my life. The book on the Chakras by Judith has been an invaluable tool in my healing journey.
The Prime by Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D.
YTT connected me to some of the most incredible people on the planet and most recently I was introduced to Dr. Chaudhary and her book The Prime, by the most amazing anatomy geek I know, Ashton Szabo. While on the road, somewhere in the northeast, I was able to catch up on my podcasts, one of them was an interview with Dr. Chaudhary and her work on biochemistry. She makes a bold claim; spontaneous weight loss, clarity, and over all wellness by simply changing what your gut craves and it’s not a diet. Here’s the link: Sivana Podcast episode 39. I encourage you to give it a listen.
Health and Wellness Coaching
It’s fun to have my nose in a few books at once. So much flavor and not one subject gets boring or overwhelming. Keeps life interesting, right, otherwise what’s the point? So it doesn’t end there, recently I said yes to an amazing opportunity, a health and wellness coaching program. Yes, me. I can barely believe it. While teaching yoga and self-healing, I am learning the skills to communicate all of this goodness. I’ve been intrigued with the human body’s ability to heal itself for sometime now and this is yet another of those affirmations. Life is one heck of an adventure, if you make it.