Harnessing the Power of the Elements to Rejuvenate Our Soulful Projects

Summer is a wonderful time to return to our goals with a fresh outlook and breathe a zest of inspiration into our projects. As the energetic rays of the sun stay with us longer it helps to fire up our brains and stay on track with the continued commitment to achieving our heart’s desire. We can tap into this by connecting to the core elements of Mother Earth.

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Earth

Take a moment to connect up with your goals by taking your shoes off in the backyard and reconnecting to the earth. It feels wonderful to dig your toes into the ground, close your eyes, finding space in mountain pose, and reconnecting with your needs and desires. Take a few moments just to picture the freedom of achieving your goals as your toes welcome the budding rise of fresh greenery. Awakening to the rejuvenation of fresh ideas!

Air

If you feel there is a staleness in your projects or workout routines the first step is to remove the staleness from your home. The easiest way to do this is to open your windows and let the summer air blow through cleansing your space and removing the stagnancy in the air that may be holding you back or feeling more sluggish than usual. It is when we can purge the stagnant in our homes it gives us the freedom and energy to open our spaces for more creativity.

Fire

We all have a fire that burns brightly within us that rises to the challenge of attaining our core desires.  We can tap further into our passions by taking a moment to gaze into the evening fire or candlelight regaining clarity and focus before returning back to work on our soulful projects. The long fire gaze will calm your mind and fire you up to complete that one creative project that speaks to you.

Water

Take a pause in your busy day. Reflect. Are you swimming against the current? How can you change the direction and find more fluidity throughout your day?  It must be noted all challenges and resistances are normal but how can work with those challenges to regain a momentum that brings us the space to move and breathe with ease floating with tide instead of against it.

As we begin to connect more with the four elements we begin to create the much-needed space to venture on our creative path. The freedom of summer offers a fresh start to new and old projects.  The beauty of the summer months is it renews and invigorates us to explore with all of our senses creating a wider expansion of endless possibilities.

Give Yourself the List of Love

A little love goes a long way and the best gift you give to yourself is to take simple steps to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. The more you begin to make time to replenish your spirit the more you begin to build the confidence and self-esteem to tap into your fullest potential.

I understand it’s hard to make time for yourself each day when you wear so many hats from the parental duties, the work that comes home with you,  on top of that  you are probably the chef, and cleaner. It is at the end of the night that you can be exhausted from the grocery duties, people pleasing, and in the end not enough time for you.

What if you created a list of ten simple things that you could do in a week to nourish your soul and rejuvenate your spirit?  It doesn’t have to be something as luxurious as a day at the spa but just simple and affordable ways that will make your week better.

My list is simple:

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It is when you begin to nourish the core that is you that you feel more inspired to conquer your day, make better choices towards your health, and have that necessary stress release throughout your busy week. It’s the little things that can brighten the day and you deserve to enjoy those small special moments just for you.

What would your list look like?

Turn Your Can’t Into Can

We have all heard the cliché “small steps can lead to big changes” but to many of us it can seem daunting at times to make that small step in the right direction towards our goals. It can be overwhelming at times when we look at what we want to accomplish whether it be in a month, 3 months, six months, or even a year.

The objective is to look at the goal not view it as lofty or a dream. But to look at it with objective and setting up attainable goals  reaching for your ultimate destination. Some people find it frustrating when they do not see immediate results whether it be working towards that first 5km run or fitting back into an old pair of jeans.

It is easy to say “I just can’t do it.”

I know I have said it many times over the years and have given up. I know too well what happens when you give up on yourself or your goals. We begin to create cycle of self defeat and before we lose to that battle it is imperative to break that blockage in our mind.

The trick it to turn your can’t into can with the simple language that you use each day. A simple example: You wake-up in the morning and the last thing you want to do is tie your sneakers up to go for a run. It is easy to convince yourself with “I am tired. I just can’t do it. I need more sleep. I don’t have time today.”

This is when we falter because we are creating the habit of falling back into bed when we should be creating the routine of going for a run. Your 5km race is only attainable if you create a consistent routine in the time of day that you run and a proper training schedule.

So instead of saying “I just can’t do it” why not change your dialogue by asking yourself “How am I going to go for a run today?” The simple shift of asking yourself ‘How’ enables you to take control of your objective and reaching your goals.

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You empower yourself to get out of bed by thinking of the steps it takes to get you out the door to go for your run. The shift in your inner dialog becomes about getting out of bed, getting ready, lacing your sneakers up, and running out the door. It is back to reaching that attainable goal by taking the small steps to achieve it.

The question of “how am I…?” enables us to visualize the process to move forward in reaching our goals. It sets us up to look at the small details that will eventually lead us to reach the goals that we set up for ourselves.  Small actions do make big changes over time by building the consistent routine of showing up and working hard each day.

So when you feel like you just can’t ask yourself “How am I going to turn this can’t into a can?”

 

 

 

Reflecting on Your Week

One of the greatest factors in reaching our goals is visualizing and taking the necessary steps to achieve them. It maybe getting on the road to good health, planning for your first marathon, or just learning the basics to healthy cooking.  All of these are attainable goals and with consistent effort you will be on the right track to reaching them.

Your well-being is one of the most important when it comes to your overall health, your goals, and raising the bar for what you want to do next in your life. One of the best ways to stay on track and evaluate the direction that you are heading in reaching towards your goals is checking in with yourself.

Take a few minutes every Sunday to journal about your week. It is a nice way to stay focused on all the good in your life and what you can strive to do better. Here is a list of simple questions to help you evaluate your week and write about in your own journal.

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Opening a journal and writing can be one of the greatest ways to get to know yourself better, maintain focus on your goals, and help you to make the small changes necessary to improve your life. Pick up a pen, grab your notebook, and write! I look forward to hearing about your progress and how writing in a weekly journal has been working for you.

The Importance of Continuous Learning

The past few months have been a whirlwind for me as I  took a chance and taught yoga up North this summer. As well enjoyed a fabulous yoga teaching trip in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. I can’t say enough about the wonderful experiences and people I connected with over the summer. It was inspiring!

I am now back home in Edmonton finding my grounding, reconnecting with friends, and teaching welcoming familiar faces. If there is one thing anyone knows about me is that if you have a question I will try to answer it and if I don’t know it – I will find out and get back to you.

I find with teaching yoga there is always questions after practice and sometimes those questions lead into nutrition. It is only natural as people begin to make that step to take care of themselves that they want to feel aligned with the mind, body, and spirit.

The next leap would be how the nourish themselves after practice and throughout the day. Unfortunately, I am not a dietitian and don’t have all of the answers.  In fact, food and I have a very complex relationship. After all of these years I am finally beginning to connect the dots on how to nourish myself and my family – it has been its own uphill journey.

I think it is important to consistently change your views, thoughts, and opinions. It’s about growing and making peace with your own ego (sometimes admitting your wrong.) In that shift I decided to take the next step on my learning my path and joined The Institute for Integrative Nutrition  to compliment my yoga journey as a health coach to better assist the people I meet with on a weekly basis.

I am excited about the new opportunities and knowledge that I will have to help further assist my clients.  As well I will be sharing tidbits of information, recipes, that will help to compliment your  lifestyle and daily yoga practice.

The season change is always bright and full of new opportunities – I look forward to having you join me on my journey.  If you are interested in learning more about a really great program stop by and visit The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

They have a great special on now this month for friends and family that are interested in pursuing their own career in health coaching.  Just mention this code below and tell them that Darcie told you to give them a ring and say “HI!”

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The Flow of Letting Go

Yoga allows for us to grow in our practice and teaches us to let go of the things that no longer serve us. They sometimes fall away with ease as we attempt to move forward in our lives by silencing the noise that surrounds us. It is through the flow of the breath we begin to let go of the words that bring us down and the fear of hiding our true self.

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It is when begin to assess our lives we sometimes begin to realize that some friendships have out worn their stay just like a beautiful farmer’s field that has overgrown with thistles. Some point along the way the friendship moved from the ease of tall grass blowing in the wind to a path of thorns that gnarl and tear at us. Yoga provides us with the silence to tune into the frequency and recognize when we are wandering into that field of thistles. Continue Reading at the Yogi Times…