Soul Detox: Ho’oponopono

 

 

I love you

I’m sorry

Please forgive me

Thank you

 

These four phrases hold immense power. Through them, you could potentially transform your entire life- releasing countless attachments to painful memories of experiences, memories, and regrets long passed. Through this prayer, you can make peace with your past- releasing any pent up energy about it while also extracting the valuable lessons contained in each experience.

This is the magic of the ancient Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. This practice was devised as a way to provide reconciliation and forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of the most profound spiritual practices there is. Through forgiveness, we release our attachment to external circumstances and instead align ourselves with the truth of soul.

With Ho’oponopono, you can find the forgiveness that is so often elusive. The beauty of this prayer lies in its simplicity. Because of its simple form, it can be integrated to fit whatever type of lifestyle you have. Everyone has their own way about life- and thus each person may perform Ho’oponopono differently, but each element is important:

I love you: This is perhaps the most important part of Ho’oponopono. Forgiveness itself is an emanation of love: love for the event or person you’re releasing as well as yourself. By beginning the practice with an affirmation of love, you enter the compassionate space of the heart. It’s important to keep touch with the loving essence of your heart throughout your practice. If you approach this practice with a commitment to love, the rest is easy.

I’m sorry: A grudge oftentimes is grasped desperately to maintain a feeling of self-righteousness. By blaming a person or a situation for your suffering is to maintain the illusion that you’re in no way responsible. The truth is, though, we participate in every experience we have. At all points in life, we are co-creating life with our fellow beings. It is seductive to blame external circumstances for our feelings, but by doing so we disempower ourselves. With “I’m sorry” we take responsibility for our contribution to the situation we wish to release. By doing so we reclaim our power to influence life.

Please forgive me: With this, we ask the person we are in conflict with for forgiveness. While “I’m sorry” acknowledges the power we do have, “please forgive me” acknowledges its limits. Truly, we never have control over another person. By asking for forgiveness, we honor the power of another person and invite them to release whatever burdens they may be carrying as well. In addition, we also ask ourselves for forgiveness here. The most important forgiveness we can receive is that of ourselves.

Thank you: With this, we express appreciation for whatever lessons we’ve learned. Be releasing attachment and accepting responsibility, we are able to observe the situation at hand and understand what teaching it held for us. By appreciating those lessons and the person or situation that brought them to us, we integrate those lessons into our being- thus growing and evolving on a soulful level.

There are many ways to perform Ho’oponopono, and you should find the unique way that works for you and your circumstances. Perhaps you would like to design a ritual. Perhaps you would simply like to do daily meditations on Ho’oponopono with different circumstances. Perhaps you would like to journal with Ho’oponopono as your outline. Perhaps, even, you would like to approach or write a letter to a person with the spirit of Ho’oponopono. Sometimes even repeating the prayer is enough- just feeling the energy of the prayer.

Whatever your approach, I guarantee this practice will be profound. Try it out and feel the magic of forgiveness for yourself. Good luck!

 

– Dan Rosenberg

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About the Author

Dan is a reiki healer, life coach, writer, magician, and all around warrior of truth. He is bursting with passion and interest in science, spirituality, and the transformation of humanity. He believes that all people have a vast untapped potential and would love nothing more than to help people realize the power within them. He also loves traveling and has hopes that he’ll soon be living on the road in a sweet van so he can see more of this great and beautiful world as well as be of service outside of his small corner of the world. He’s currently working on the creation of a website to spread good vibes and be a wellspring of truth. When he’s not working to empower others, you’ll find Dan practicing martial arts, journeying through nature, reading, playing guitar, or wandering aimlessly in search of adventure.  To contact Dan follow him on The Bridge Between Dreams.

Oil Pulling?

Originally posted on WebMD

Should You Try Oil Pulling?
We explore the ancient oral health technique to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.
By Colleen Oakley

Maybe you’ve seen something about it on the Internet, or a friend of a friend swears by it — but you’re not sure exactly what it is. Oil pulling is a growing trend, but it’s not new.

“This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine [a traditional Indian system] that dates back 3,000 years,” says Jessica T. Emery, DMD, owner of Sugar Fix Dental Loft in Chicago. “It involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil — typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil — in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out.”

Unlike some so-called natural home remedies, it’s not a practice that’s based on pseudo-science. Recent studies show that oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath. How? “Most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell,” Emery says. “Cells are covered with a lipid, or fatty, membrane, which is the cell’s skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally adhere to each other.”

Oil-Pulling Tips

Use coconut oil. While you can get the same bacteria-fighting benefits with sesame or sunflower oil, coconut oil has the added benefit of lauric acid, which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents, Emery says, making it more effective. Also, a recent study found that coconut oil may help prevent tooth decay.
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Start with just 5 minutes a day. Twenty minutes of swishing is a long time, and while the longer you pull, the more bacteria you’ll remove, 5 or 10 minutes will still offer some benefit. Also, if your jaw starts aching a few minutes in, slow down. “Don’t work too hard,” Emery says. “A gentle swishing, pushing, and sucking the oil through the teeth is all that’s required.”

Don’t swallow. “If you find it hard not to, you likely have too much oil in your mouth,” Emery says. “Spit it out and try again with a smaller amount.” Also, don’t spit it down the sink, as the oil could clog your pipes. Just discard the used oil into the nearest trash can.

Don’t skip brushing and flossing. “Oil pulling should never replace routine dental visits and traditional home oral care,” Emery says. “It doesn’t reverse the effects of tooth decay, but it’s a great supplemental therapy.”
Expert Tip

“Coconut and sunflower oil aren’t the only oils with dental health benefits. For irritated, inflamed gums, rub a little vitamin E oil directly on the surface. It’s rich in antioxidants, easily absorbed, and helps regenerate healthy gum tissue.” — Jessica Emery, DMD

I am – Daily Affirmations

 

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So what is an affirmation and why do we read about them all the time?

 

“Affirmations in New Thought terminology refer primarily to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment—fostering a belief that “a positive mental attitude supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything.””

 

The basic idea of using affirmations, or statements that affirm a certain characteristic, thought pattern or behavior, is that when we repeat these affirmations we start to embody the affirmation itself in our own unique life experience.

 

I am healthy.

I am loving.

I am joyful.

I am successful.

I am happy.

 

Repeating an affirmation is a way to integrate that idea in your life. So the theory is that if you were to adopt using affirmations daily that over time you would start to act and behave in a way that is parallel to that affirmation. For example, adopting an affirmation like I am healthy, and repeating that in some manner would have the affect of making you feel and be healthier.

 

The research on affirmations and their affect on the subconscious mind can be found in many medical and psychological journals. Its basically using the placebo effect in an intentionally directed way. So if you are interested in learning more on affirmations I would suggest doing some research and seeing different methods that people practice.   As for me, I’d like to share my experience with affirmations.

 

I started using affirmations many years ago.   I would write on a post-it note, some affirmation, stick it to my mirror and every day I would wake up and repeat the affirmation to myself in the mirror.

 

Yes, I stood there like an asshole staring at myself for 20 minutes repeating, I am healthy, I am beautiful, I am happy. Over and over again, and it’s a little nerve racking to share that because I’m being vulnerable here.   At one point in my life, I thought I was ugly, I thought no one could love me; I thought that I would never be happy.

 

That place sucks.

 

I’ve been there, so if someone is there now, I FEEL YOU. And you have to know, that you are amazing, and beautiful and loved……

 

But back to me staring at my fiiiine ass in the mirror. 🙂  I stood there and repeated these affirmations and, for a long time, they didn’t help. I felt stupid, and I could barely look at myself in the mirror, but I kept at it. And for some people this sounds crazy, staring in a mirror repeating the same sentence to yourself, trying to subconsciously condition yourself to behave differently and feel differently.

 

And that’s exactly why I want to bring that up!

 

It is really uncomfortable at first, and most people who start affirmations or anything like that stop after a very short time.   But the results I had were real, and I kept going, and I found new ways to integrate affirmations into my life. So here are some ideas to think about if you decide to start a routine of affirmations.

 

  1. Affirmations don’t have to be as simple and “new agy” like, I am love. I am peace. I am successful. I am wealthy…. They absolutely can be, and there are sometimes benefits to keeping them short and simple, but you don’t have to. Feel free to get creative, try affirmations like I am surrounded by amazing people. I have so much fun every day. I am happy whenever I chose to be.
  2. You don’t have to stare into a mirror. Again, it could be beneficial for you, but not a necessity. Try doing your affirmations in other ways. I listen to them sometimes when I go to sleep. Sometimes I’ll have them play in the background when I’m working. I’ll repeat them when I’m working out, now that’s amazing, because you are now introducing a synced physical component to your routine and if you’re a kinetic learner, this is just the best!   Your life is a subjective experience, and there is no standard on how affirmations should integrate into your life.
  3. It doesn’t have to sound like a lecture. I found a musical group, called Beautiful Chorus and they have a great mantra album, which are essentially mantras or affirmations that are set to music, and sung beautifully.   For me, I tend to engage more when there is music, so adding a musical component to your affirmations could do a world of good.
  4. Creatively surround yourself with them.  I follow tons of motivational and inspiring instagram accounts, that way even when I’m on social media I am exposing myself to affirmations in one way or another.  Choosing what you are exposed to, and what you are engaging with, is really a huge step in defining what you want your life to be like.
  5. You can have fun doing them. If you aren’t showing up to this, and really bringing your whole self to the table, they won’t work. You have to want them to work, even if you think they won’t.   Our emotions fuel us, and we need to use whatever emotions we have and put them to work FOR us, instead of being victim to them.

 

I’ve had some amazing experiences with affirmations, and I hope that if you decide to pursue this, you show up for yourself and you do whatever it is to follow through in the best way, for your self.

 

Do you have any suggestions or personal takes on your affirmation routine that you can share?

 

Thanks, and good luck.

 

 

Forgiveness Detox

Forgiveness, it’s not something many of us offer freely. We hold onto anger, and resentment and guilt like it’s our only chance at life. But holding on to this, is like holding our breath, and if we don’t let it go we suffocate.

 

I wrote a post, about forgiveness a while ago, stressing the importance of forgiving others and forgiving myself.   At the time, I was the beginning of my healing process with certain things. Here I am over a month later, looking back at how I’ve been different, how my life has been changing since then and I’m convinced that even with our own subjective experiences, forgiveness is the key to something good.

 

My daily life has changed in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. And it seems too good to be true, but maybe it’s a life that I’ve been missing out on.

 

  1. I have a mild sense of euphoria and “childlike awe” going throughout my day.   I would wake up on Monday morning and have a smile on my face, my drive to work was different; my coworkers seemed like new but familiar people. I felt as though I was in a new place and the novelty of my daily experiences lent itself to me reassessing my happiness.
  2. I physically felt like I had more energy, and that I wasn’t so “gray” all the time. I felt better and started making better life choices which led to me building on those choices and I’ve physically felt better and better every day since then.
  3. I have had more mental freedom. My thought process feels as though it has freed up, like I’m not trying to balance as much, mentally and it allows me to focus more clearly on the things in my life, and enjoying it.   It’s as if I dusted everything off and polished up my brain.   I’ve been able to contemplate things in my life without any reference or affect from the [situations, circumstances and people that I offered forgiveness to].
  4. I deal with stress in a much healthier way. I’m approaching stressful situations in my daily life with a clearer head, and I automatically start problem solving, instead of retreating into a place where I feel like I have to hide or tend to old wounds.   I feel stronger and more adept to handle the curve balls from life.

 

It’s not that everything has gotten easier, and everything is perfect, but its more like I have this new sense of flow and rhythm that helps me move along and sort things out in a better, more productive and healthy manner.   For me, forgiveness was a reallotment of energy. I was able to stop sending energy, or feeding certain situations in my life, and allot that energy to healthier and happier behavioral patterns. And what was left wanting for that energy, has fallen off, died and turned to mulch.

 

This is my own experience with intentional forgiveness, what it means to me and hopefully what it could do for you as well.   Whatever your own experience with forgiveness I’m sure it will be amazing.

Embodiment Through Dance

 

 

As souls experiencing ourselves through the expression of the physical body as accompanied by the mind, we must seek balance between these main facets of our being in order to experience optimal health and happiness. The reality however, is that most people on earth are unknowingly depriving their vehicle of much of their living essence due to a deficiency of the proper integrated bodily awareness. During the time being, much our souls are floating around us waiting to find a way in. The effects of such imbalance can range from a difficulty coping with life on earth, to feeling uncomfortable, insecure, and as if one’s body does not fit or allow for one’s true harmonious expression. As we grow as souls and as humans, so that we do not leave ourselves out of the grounded experience that we are here to be having, the most essential aspect of to our overall evolution is embodiment.

 

How can we live out and physically experience our soul here on earth? How can we bring our consciousness into our body, to allow for our inner truth to be experienced as freedom in form? How can we allow the vehicle to be a clear expression for our highest potential?

 

The idea:

 

Throughout the world, there are few common base themes or expressions that have served in the creation and conservation of every culture, and which have been carried from the beginning of our cultural development to still stand as equally important parts of modern life today. Amongst these there is perhaps one more personally powerful, fundamentally meaningful, and collective unifying expression than all others, hailing shared value to most each and every human, regardless of size, color, shape, class, or education in a special way – and that is dancing. This is the heart of embodiment.

 

What is dancing?

 

Dancing means letting one’s being express itself fully- freely, ecstatically, joyfully, naturally. When dancing we become ourselves more so than ever before, letting the most primal instinct to become one with the rhythm of life take over us. Surrendering every cell, bone, muscle and joint in our body, the whole of our being may be summoned in the process, clearing the mind for the flow of the soul to overtake the physical vehicle. The effects can be healing, hypnotizing, and blissful beyond belief.

 

The significance:

 

It’s hardly something to think about. It just happens. From one moment we can be walking this earth as very serious, boring, robotic creatures- and in the next, we can be dancing through time and space as magical creatures in celebration of our bodies, playing with our potential for ecstatic living through a range of motion with no rules, no limits, and no effort needed. To me, for this very reason of allowing humans to be in their own unique expression while rejoicing in this common act as a shared force, dancing is of incredible service to humanity’s evolution. When we give ourselves up to our dance, we unify the mind, body and soul to realize and embody our potential as individuals, as well as a collective.

 

Dancing as healing:

 

In these fleshy vehicles, most of us walk around with unconsciousness almost ingrained in our bodies, carrying tense muscles and contracted cells due to past trauma, as well as everyday self-suppression and negative emotions that our bodies unknowingly hold onto. This taxes all layers of our being, depriving our potential essence from coming through, and handicapping a pure experience of our true presence.

 

Dancing is a way of self-healing. It is using our own selves as our medicine. In surrendering to the intuitive wisdom of the body, we let the higher part of ourselves (soul) beneath the mind, that holds and brings life to the mind and body, and that always knows what to do to heal us, carry us where we need to go. It is always here- all we have to do is dance with it, as it. Perhaps the answer to all our problems is that rather than attempt to think our way away from ourselves while only finding ourselves more tangled and weighed down then before, all we have to do is simply shake the shit out, and process our being in a way that allows what is within to become expressed in an authentic, open, creative, and beautiful way.

 

Reclaiming dance:

 

We didn’t discover dancing- it discovered us. In our cave days we would dance for fun, community, as well as trippy-ass states of consciousness. It has served us well in unifying individuals together in common happiness for tens of thousands of years. Yet today, after many years of cultural evolution, I sense within dance floors and bodily vehicles and minds all around, that perhaps more and more we are depriving ourselves of the heart of this most essential fundamental act of our being.

 

I have loved dancing all my life. Growing up, it was interesting to observe how easy and liberating it could be at times in contrast to how awkward the context became as a teen creeping into adulthood. As a culture of external imagery more and more grew to grasp its influence on the vulnerability of developing humans seeking basic love and connection, suddenly the dance floor, a place originally found for freedom, began to feel polluted by expectations and insecurities. The essence of this medicine began to feel lost. It’s as though we innocently, subconsciously began to decide to withhold the personal bliss of dancing from ourselves, trading true joy for our ego, manipulating the movement of our spirit as if it had something to prove.

 

Without realizing what’s going on, what we’re missing out on, or quite knowing what there is to do about it, rather than dance to dance, i feel more and more that we have found ourselves as a mass culture exploiting the idea or image of dancing for a purpose that has more to do with how we look, who we are attracting, and whether we are in line with the cultural safety net of what others are doing. The meaning of dance has been flipped on it’s head.

 

Our fear of being unconventional has limited us from experiencing the wildness, the freedom, the authentic bliss and spontaneity of being spirit in form. We have begun to deprive ourselves of the light that is here within, waiting to burst in a way that is only yours. Dancing has always been our personal healer, savior, and liberator.

 

It is for that I’m calling for a dance revolution, to bring us back to ourselves. It is only from connecting with ourselves, of taking care of our own personal joy and expression, that we can clear the space for our soul to make its way in. It is time to let that process of embodiment be the dance of unification with self that it has always meant to serve as. Through here, without ever having to try, we will find it brings us back to one another, as we never could have pretended.

 

Dancing for oneself:

 

But what about using dance to go inwards? What about closing our eyes to be with the feelings that arise and surrendering fully to yourself? What about letting the soul that you are embrace the body with all of its being?

 

The most potent tool for me for in helping me return to my body has been opening myself up to dance again. Less than a year ago, i made a true commitment to begin to dance like never before, really letting myself experiment and get lost in and work through and find joy and surrender in my flow beyond fear and limitation. It is such a real practice of deconditioning and allowing one to reclaim his authentic spontaneity. With the intention to reclaim the inherent heart that acts with no agenda, and that simply lets himself be moved by his impulse as energy, as soul, as the playful will to express its pleasure, I have found so much fun and freedom in reclaiming my evolution.

 

The Challenge:

 

So let us try dancing for 30 minutes (or more).

 

You have known what to do this whole time. There is nothing more your body and soul want and need than to dance. So just let go 🙂

 

  1. Turn on your favorite music.

 

  1. Lose yourself to it. Let your body move however it likes. Do not suppress it. Let it go as far as it wants to. Let it take you to unknown places. Use whatever weird combinations of movements. Explore. Be bold. Be true. Be gentle. Be playful. Be slow. Be fast. There are no rules. Every move is perfect. Let whatever feels good guide you home deeper into this moment that is always here to hold you in however you wish to express yourself.

 

Tips:

 

-Remember you are dancing for how you feel, not how you look. Close your eyes if it feels better.

 

-If you are at total loss of flow, rather than try to force yourself into it, try to return to stillness until an impulse speaks and then let it take you into an unfolding of whatever seeks to come through

 

-Allow yourself to feel innocent and curious, like a child.

 

-Allow yourself to feel beautiful.

 

Warning:

 

Dancing can be an incredibly vulnerable thing. To lose oneself in it completely means to become that which you are- means getting to know a being that is yours and no one else’s. So move through, dance with, and embody different emotions as they come.

 

 

 

It might feel uncomfortable at first. Fears and judgments might come up as you reacquaint yourself with your body on an intimate level. But the more you learn to trust and be and surrender in yourself, the more this dance will integrate into your life to serve your embodiment as a whole.

 

Reflections:

 

Things to become aware of as they arise/take note of

 

-How comfortable are you with feeling good?

 

-How free can you allow yourself to be?

 

-What insecurities and belief systems might be holding you back?

 

-How does it feel to truly dance?

 

-How can you better integrate greater freedom and authentic spontaneity into your life?

 

-What would the world look like if everyone was dancing together for themselves?

 

Breakdown:

 

Feel free to take this however you like, and please don’t take this or yourself too seriously. Because that’s what spoils all the fun. So above all, enjoy yourself. If you resonate with your practice, try to incorporate dancing into your life as much as possible. It is a shame we deprive ourselves so much of it, and culturally only restrict ourselves to experiencing the joy of dancing when in social scenes where the tendency is to be within ones mind rather than body. The more you stick with it, the greater and greater the fun and development will be. There is infinite wisdom, insight, and growth to unlock on the dance floor, and within ones bodily temple when entered with consciousness and authentic intent. To a blessed, beautiful, blissful evolution.

About the Author:

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Adi Beth is a seeker, lover, feeler, thinker and creator of all things beautiful and of meaning. Having moved at a young age from Tel Aviv, Israel to the center of modern innovation that is Palo Alto, CA, he lives for a vision that transcends all cultural barriers, seeing his place and purpose in this world being to serve the empowerment of a whole humanity towards unification for a future where we are all embracing our full authentic selfs and utilizing our highest gifts and potential to co-create for the upliftment and enlightenment of all. The main means through which he experiences himself fulfilling his part in that vision is through constant exploration of his highest joy and passions through artistry, music, and writing. In acknowledging the importance of these tools in awakening himself to greater honesty and openness regarding the underlying truths of what it means for him to be human, as well as into connection with a greater sense of shared humanity, he feels hopeful to assist and inspire others in transforming and awakening themselves to their own personal places of joy, power, truth, love and purpose so that we may all know our place here at this turning point in history being worth the unleashing of every last bit of what our hearts may have to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Journaling

Mind Detox: Daily Journaling

 

I’m sure most of you have heard of the benefits of keeping a daily journal before. Although such a seemingly mundane act may not seem like it would be particularly beneficial- though having practiced this myself I can guarantee it to be extremely cleansing.

All of us have mental and emotional difficulties at some point. We’re human. That means we can struggle with guilt, shame, anger, regret, and all manner of difficult emotions. Likewise, many of us hold onto past experiences- constantly turning them over in our minds again and again. When we hold onto thoughts or emotion in this way, they become burdens. In this way, they weigh us down- preventing us from effectively living in the moment. In this way, these thoughts and feelings become the mental/emotional toxins that prevent us from vibrant psychological well being

There are many ways to release these burdensome thoughts and feelings- talking to a trusted friend or family member can be a great way to release these toxins. Sometimes, though, that just doesn’t cut it. Oftentimes the potential ramifications of expressing our mental turmoil to friends and family members makes it difficult to confide in them. Even if the people in our lives would not react badly to what we have to express, sometimes we just don’t want to share what’s on our minds. After all, we all have private thoughts and feelings that we don’t wish to share with anyone else.

It’s perfectly healthy to have privacy in your life, but it’s also important to have a space to release those toxic elements of your mind. The journal is just such a space. Journaling is extremely cathartic, because it’s no-holds barred. It’s the one place that you can say absolutely anything. You don’t have to be concerned with other people’s opinions, you won’t hurt anyone’s feelings by what you say. Your journal can be the one safe, judgment-free space in your life. You can freely rant about what a jackass your brother has been. You can explore the dark corners of your psyche that you’d rather not share with others. You can be completely, utterly honest with yourself- you have no one to impress.

Many of us in the self-improvement community strive to be positive presences in the world. This is admirable, yet we all have those dark impulses, feelings, and thoughts that we’re not so proud of. If we don’t express these somehow, they’re bound to manifest in ways we don’t appreciate. Journaling can be a great way to let your demons play. By giving them this playground, you’ll be able to purge and transform those toxic elements to your mind- allowing yourself to more fully inhabit the loving essence of your humanity.

One particular form of journaling I’ve found to be quite amazing is called morning pages. Every day when you wake up, write three pages. It doesn’t matter what you write, just write! The goal is to write three pages. In the morning you will be more able to let your thoughts flow freely onto the page without restricting them. As you continue this practice more and more, you will surely encounter deeper and deeper aspects of your mind.

As you continue to release more and more of your burdens onto the page and open more and more to the flow of the pen, you may even moments in which the pen seems to move of its own accord, channeling inspiration directly from the space beneath your mind. Don’t expect this, of course- but this is just one of many benefits of a regular journaling practice.

Happy writing!

– Dan Rosenberg

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About the Author

Dan is a reiki healer, life coach, writer, magician, and all around warrior of truth. He is bursting with passion and interest in science, spirituality, and the transformation of humanity. He believes that all people have a vast untapped potential and would love nothing more than to help people realize the power within them. He also loves traveling and has hopes that he’ll soon be living on the road in a sweet van so he can see more of this great and beautiful world as well as be of service outside of his small corner of the world. He’s currently working on the creation of a website to spread good vibes and be a wellspring of truth. When he’s not working to empower others, you’ll find Dan practicing martial arts, journeying through nature, reading, playing guitar, or wandering aimlessly in search of adventure.  To contact Dan follow him on The Bridge Between Dreams.

 

RAK it up!

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Random Acts of Kindness

“Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing.” – Rumi

With this Holistic Detox, the RAK challenge asks us to perform one random act of kindness for 31 days.

Random acts of kindness are ways that we can help spread the good vibes, we brighten a stranger’s day, and we help others smile.   Performing one RAK, and offering that to another, is an accomplishment that anyone can be proud of.

I’m reminded of a story I read one time, where a couple was driving around town one day. The guy kept waving at strangers, all of them. After a while his girlfriend asked why he was waving at everyone, he couldn’t possibly know all of them. He responded by saying that he once heard that someone was going to commit suicide one day, and a stranger randomly waved at him, and it changed his day, and he decided to keep going and not end his life.   “If I can help one person in that way, that’s reason enough for me to wave at everyone.”

This story really struck a cord with me. I’m a huge believer in the idea of small acts having massive rippling affects. And if a wave could help someone find purpose and drive to live their life, then what else could we accomplish with other acts of kindness?

As Sir Isaac Newton stated, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So we have to address the affect that our acts of kindness have on us. By helping another person experience a state of happiness, we find ourselves experiencing the same magnitude of happiness in our own lives. If you give yourself a goal of performing 5 acts of kindness for the day, you are focusing on putting out positivity in 5 different situations throughout your day, and in affect you are keeping yourself in that positive mindset all day.   You just created the environment for you to experience your life, and your day in a positive way.

In affect we are applying a lens of positivity and happiness on our lives.

How amazing is that? With one simple action we are able to raise our vibration and help spread that to others.

I sometimes will buy a bouquet of flowers in the morning, and throughout the day I will hand them out to strangers, and try to brighten their day. So by the end of the day, 12 people have smiled, 12 people have laughed, 12 people are now also in that state of happiness and positivity.   How many people are they going to be able to share that happiness with? I can’t answer that, but if the ripple affect takes place, 12 flowers could have helped any number of people.

Kindness is easy, kindness is love, and kindness is peace.   Choose it.   Choose to be that catalyst for a better day for someone else, and keep spreading the good vibes.

This is a simple yet effective way to inspire yourself and others.

Will waving at a stranger save someone’s life? Maybe not, but what if it does?  

Namaste

Yoga: Edges and Mixtapes

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“Trust that the world is good, and you will see how good the world can be.”

 

This was one of the last things that I said to my father before he passed away. And everyday I wake up; I try to live that fully, authentically and honorably.

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It was 2 years ago when I first was seriously introduced to the world of yoga. I was at a transformational festival called Evolvefest, held in Pennsylvania; it was an experience that changed my life.

 

Yoga, to me, is creating a space to sort your shit out. When I dive into my practice I find myself observing my thoughts and my life, and I am able to objectively watch as my life plays out.   In a way, I take a time out from my life to assess and see where I’m at, and where I want to go.   Yoga has offered me insight into myself and my world, in a way that I have never experienced.

 

Everyone has different experiences with their own practice, but we all seem to find this inner sense of peace that allows us to let “the dust settle” and realign with our hearts.

 

So this isn’t a “how-to” piece and it’s not a definitive guide to developing your own practice, this is a form of my own yoga practice, allowing me to reflect and share with you some of my own insights. I hope they inspire and motivate us all to live authentically and understand the ease of life, if we can just drop into the flow and let go.

 

In yoga, there is something called “the edge.” As students we are encouraged to play with our edge, meaning we are supposed to push our bodies and minds to the point just out of our comfort zone, but not over extending ourselves into a place where injury can happen. The edge, is a place in your practice where you push your limits both physically and mentally.  (keep an eye out for our permaculture post about how “the edge” plays a major role with permaculture)  You play around with the edge, getting to know that space, exploring your experience in a holistic sense. It is at the edge where we find our most productive growth. We push past our limits and find that we are still here. We are still alive. We are still thriving. We have moments of epiphany, where we discover that the limits we thought we had do not actually exist, and we get comfortable at the edge and then push past it again.

 

The edge can be our place of growth, our place of learning and our home. We push past our physical limits, and we push past our mental limits, and we find a new sense of curiosity and courage to push past our limits in our life.

 

I, like so many other yoga practitioners have experienced many moments of realization, so I won’t list all of what I’ve experienced with my yoga practice, but I want to share with you the most recent epiphany I had.

 

Recently as I have been practicing, Sarvangasana, or shoulder stand pose, I have been playing around with some modification to help stretch my inner thigh muscles, and I let my legs fall the sides and I allow gravity to help me accomplish a deeper stretch.

 

As I did this, I had to fully let my body release tension and just fall, and let gravity do the work.

 

As I did this, I found a relationship between “the outside world” and me, a relationship that was harmonious, forgiving and cooperative.

 

As I let go of my control, I found that world worked with me. Gravity alone was doing the work to help me accomplish my goal of getting to my edge, and getting into a deeper stretch.

 

“Trust that the world is good, and you will see how good the world can be.” I said this to my father at his bedside while he was in the hospital, after he asked me what I learned from going to California by myself for this music festival, Lucidity. It has taken me some time to understand what I meant, because it was sort of an automatic response. He asked me to repeat it several times so he could commit it to memory because he thought it was… well I guess he liked it.

Trusting that the world is good, expecting it to be good, has helped me see the magic in life. It has helped me be fearless, and it has helped me be authentic.  Trusting the world, or with this example, trusting gravity in my yoga practice, I found cooperation and new edges, I found growth.  As a native New Yorker, (Queens, NY!  put some respek on my borough!), trust isn’t something we are known for, but let’s let go a bit and see what happens. (Unless someone is trying to sell you something on the subway…… *eye roll*….  if had dollar for every “mix tape” I bought and found that it was a blank CD… well I’d have 5 bucks.)

I wake up everyday hoping to fully embody that phrase. I try to live courageously, fearlessly and with pure intention of happiness and wellbeing. My yoga practice has been an avenue for me to explore my life, and myself, honestly and courageously.

 

So my yoga practice has allowed me to experience liberation, freedom, authenticity and strength that I didn’t know I had. If you are interested in yoga please read the following content, hopefully it will help you explore more of your own practice or start for the very first time.

 

Wherever you are in life, or your own yoga practice, remember that you are perfect just the way you are, and if you take a moment to step outside yourself you can direct your life in any way you want. You are amazing.   Namaste.
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Digital Detox

Screen Detox: Conscious User

 

Out of all the tangible topics that are valuable to re-evaluate as we hope to make positive change in our lives, screen addiction is perhaps one of the most widespread personal sticky situations modern civilization has found itself in the midst of at this point in time, and will eventually have to evolve through as we continue to progress into greater peace and consciousness. Whether we are talking about screens in general or more specifically the internet, whether the format be television, computer or particularly smart-phone, this addiction has come as a radical uprising that the majority of us have been swept away in so instinctually, so obviously, that if you’re in the midst of common culture, chances are you were too involved in the phenomena to have the space to recognize what’s been happening for what it truly is.

 

Perspective:

 

-From the lowest perspective, we are a species enslaved. We are slaves to our impulses and habits to refer to these screens in order to pass the time, unconsciously depending on our devices to relieve us of any slightest glimpse of boredom, awkwardness, or discomfort. The average American can be found today in a place where he once might have naturally had his head up open to and present with the real world around him, compromising such opportunities to engage with life through the fresh present moment to delve into the convenient pocket portal of the smart phone as a means for immediate predictable comfort. The implications of this is that on a larger and larger level, we no longer know how to just be in this world with ourselves or with one another, assuming that the best answer to any true opportunity to simply be is to pull out a screen.

 

The addiction:

 

The numbers for how much time the average American spends on the screen is currently estimated at up to around 9-11 hours in day- which means the greater majority of one’s time awake for many. With such radical usage, it would seem safe to assume that there is something to living on a screen that must simply serve the individual more than good-ol-fashioned physical being. The reality of the matter however, is that our addiction is more likely fueled, like any other addiction, by the empty promise of illusory instant gratification that never truly fulfills, leaving us coming back more and more to seek that inner sense of something that is only drained in the long-run the more we depend on an external stimuli to supply it.

 

The virtual model of experience supplied by the screen is simply not what the body-mind-soul complex was originally intended to invest its energetic conscious capacities in. Although not as dramatic as a substance addiction, it is still valuable to come to terms with our addictive tendencies, so that with greater awareness we can notice the behaviors we unconsciously participate in that might not be in alignment with our potential and how we wish to live our lives.

 

The cycle:

 

When in the screen we become dissociated from our consciousness of the present moment, as our awareness becomes disengaged from the body that is home, therefor promoting a loss of touch with time, clarity, reason, etc. as our scope of perception is narrowed down into a virtual representation of reality. Even if we reflect on our experiences to reason that our endless usage is simply not as productive or fulfilling as our unconscious instincts believe, the habit to take one’s phone out is deeply ingrained in our subconscious, and when in the screen we immediately become disempowered from having the mental space for recognition of the dissonance it creates within our consciousness, that would spark the inspiration or will for us to pull away if we noticed its effects on our state. As a result, we cover up the subtle discomfort and increased dissatisfaction our usage with these devices generate with even more usage,

being too in the cycle to identify it. The overall effects can span to distort our social lives, as well as cause irritability, depression, dependency and other symptoms of addiction.

 

Wake up call:

 

This pattern of behavior is not sustainable- we are simply not meant to be psychologically dependent. The fact it is such a collective common only means we are more blind to an awareness of these effects as our culture only thus far enforces this pattern of external dependency. Yet more and more are individuals waking up to this slumber- our consciousness showing up to remind us of what it is here for.

 

The good news:

 

-From a higher perspective, humanity is at a historical breakthrough point of technological advancement. Through the Internet, we have become empowered to realize our creative and social potential unlike ever before. For those of us blessed to afford to keep up with these cultural norms, everything that was once quite impossible to assume as causal of a task it is today, from shopping, to getting around town, to messaging others, to playing games, to watching videos, to making art, can now be accessed at a click away from one single platform. We are now actualizing our connection to one another instantaneously, with social media platforms serving to allow us to keep in touch through sharing information, playing, and working with one another even if physically apart.

 

With such potential for expansive excitement in our life’s, we are just beginning to understand what this all means in relation to the greater picture of a higher functioning, evolving humanity, and how we can use this technology to best serve ourselves personally as well as as a collective. Yet while these tools in themselves promise great hope for the path of our progression, perhaps the ways in which we use them need to evolve so that we do not leave ourselves behind in the process.

 

The bigger picture:

 

For now it seems we have gotten so excited with what’s been immediately presented at hand that we have gotten lost in the rush, not yet recognizing the need to pause and take a step back to honestly assess the ways in which we use these tools. While the benefits sure outweigh the negatives, it is becoming clear to many that to continue to become more lost in our screens as we’ve been allowing for ourselves up to now is not a viable vision of the future reality that we might wish to risk bearing witness to the results of. As we stand within a cultural crossroads of sorts today, discerning what we would like to choose in order to create a more empowered future for the human civilization, and what we must transcend in order to get there, to put it simply: we must bring forth consciousness to all that we do, so that we may function as clearly and intentionally as possible as we keep dealing with greater and greater technological development, so that we do not abuse these devices, or let them use us.

 

The revolutionary opportunity:

 

I see this particular subject, although perhaps not a major concern for some, as being one of the most remarkable, necessary, beautifully powerful and monumental meaningful steps we will take together as mankind into our liberation, considering the mass prevalence of this subjects effects. From becoming dissociated from one another while virtually discovering our connection- to call forth a real life physical revolution will take all of us, and will bring us back to ourselves, one another, and greater consciousness unlike ever before, granting us the integrated wisdom gathered from our learned experiences to forever guide us towards a brighter future. What an amazing opportunity to keep evolving further.

 

Let’s see this as an ultimate test of sorts, to allow ourselves to prioritize our awareness once and for all as a grounded precedent to all external activity. Through our personal choices, we can change a whole culture.

 

Note:

 

First and foremost, I am speaking from experience, and to myself. I am a victim to these addicting ways. I have noticed this many times, made many efforts on many occasions to experiment with bringing more consciousness and less dependency to my usage of these devices, and i’ve let myself fall victim to old habits time and time again. But calling myself a victim is no longer a viable choice. The more aware i become of my habits, the more i can acknowledge that i am always making a choice. Part of me feels icky for writing this, partly from the hopeless hypocrisy, part from the hypnotic mush from the screen i’m writing this on, but the bigger part of me knows this is the only way it can be done- and that this must be done, without any further dely. And that is through spreading as much awareness, conversation, intention, and real life action as possible- NOW. And with you all as my witnesses i expect to hold myself accountable for it. This challenge is real.

 

Warning:

 

It is not easy to make this change because there is not a lot of encouraging momentum assisting one in becoming convinced with the desire to make it when the collective can be seen as giving one every excuse to find his efforts useless when compared to the mass influence. However, with such an awakening awareness time and time again reminding me, and i assume others, of what i know needs to change, it is simply not a viable solution to keep ignoring these inner callings that know that it’s time to evolve to a better way. The time to change is now. The more we wait, the more we allow our unconsciousness to have power over our consciousness; the more we let our weaknesses define us; the more we fall victim to ourselves- and as discouraging as it can be to do this in a world that does not reflect our highest potential, the truth of the matter is that the only way we can do it is by starting with ourselves, in movements of spread awareness together TODAY. We ARE stronger and more powerful than our habits and devices.

 

The benefits:

 

I have noticed within myself that there is no greater freedom than to detach from the screen with a solid decision. There, an unforeseen world of endless presence, opportunity, and newfound clarity awaits. We can spend hours aimlessly thinking there is nothing better outside the screen that would be worth disconnecting for, yet this is simply because we haven’t sat through the disconnected beingness enough to reach the state of freedom that is not bound with the lingering back-of-the-mind idea that clogs us with the prospect that the screen is available and calling us. Here lies true connection. In the dissociative haziness of the cycle, to simply make the decision to JUST FUCKING DO IT, is not easy. But JUST FUCKING DO IT. JUST DO IT! And you will be granted infinite 360 access to a universe far more rich than a screen could ever attempt to achieve, granting you an opening into whatever depth of clarity and inspiration is just waiting on the mental space to come forth. The effects on one’s life when he is not chained to this dependency is liberating, transformational, and exponentially empowering beyond belief.

 

The challenge:

 

Friends, it’s time to level up. Although personally the implications are huge, this is about a collective revolution that may serve generations to come to live in a more aware and conscious world where we are still intact with and moving from the essence of ourselves, rather than away from it.

 

It is for this that I call forth a day without a screen. Can we go for 24 hours the way people once used to, and still that many do today? Let us be present with everything that comes up so we may truly come to terms with all that this addiction contains for us.

 

I recommend having a journal to document your experiences. Some ideas for what to write about are:

 

-The most important initial step is to start off being present with your intention by writing it down so that you may see it, experience yourself declare it, and fully take it into your consciousness.

 

-What do you notice when the desire to take out a screen comes up?

 

How hard is it to resist it? What happens when you do resist it? Can you mentally let it go completely?

 

-How often does this urge come up? Sitting with these observations, where does this urge come from? what underlying beliefs are there to uncover as to where this habit is rooted?

 

-how do you feel without a screen?

 

Do you feel anxious? Fomo? Disconnected? Lost? Awkward? Vulnerable? Naked? Lonely?

 

Free? At peace? Clear?

 

– How does it feel to just simply be? To sit through the stillness, the awkwardness, the boredom? And what lies on the other side?

 

-What can you use your time to do that you never seem to have the time, space, inspiration, or energy to go for when your mind is automatically drawn to a screen in your free time?

 

-what insights are you gaining through this detox time? What newfound perspective do you have sitting through this?

 

-Also, from this perspective, what can you notice about the world around and the ways that have become normal to live by? What observations do you have about this culture of technological dependency?

 

-From a clear perspective, what changes would you like to see in the world in order for us all to experience a flourishing potential for experience? How can you start with yourself?

 

-How would your life change if you were to live more mindfully?

 

-What could you imagine the repercussions being if we didn’t wake up to our unconscious habits (be creative)?

 

-How do you feel at the end of the day?

 

-And how can you implement this more in your life? How can you remind yourself to be more conscious in everyday life? What changes can you consciously make? How can you integrate this detox into forever?

Feel free to share your findings with your friends! The road is much easier together.

 

Tips for conscious screen usage:

 

– When waking up, don’t immediately go for the screen. See if you can start your day off and not reaching for the device until you are relatively up and running, functioning from a fully awake, clear and intentful state, so as not to start the day by setting the precedent for a cycle of hazy compulsive usage.

– When going outside, leave it behind (trade it for a notebook?)

– When going to the toilet, leave it behind.

– When at the dinner table, leave it behind.

– When with another person (friend, family member) LEAVE IT.

– Leave your phone on airplane mode as much as possible.

 

Pro tip:

 

-CLEAR DESIRE:

 

before anything, the most powerful and only way to make any change is to truly honestly want it. So reflect on the pro’s and con’s, and be clear with yourself on your intentions to change. the power is with you and only you. It doesn’t have to be hard, but you do have to be authentically devoted.

 

– Mind the gap:

 

There is a gap within our consciousness, where in we reach for a phone out of habit to fill. The key to consciousness is to simply be with that gap, and see it as the doorway to presence instead. Observe the impulse- do not become swept away in it. Consider what your intentions are, and then go forward with mindfulness and honest reflection and responsibility in your usage as to not get lost- or rather decide to simply continue with being, leaving space for infinite other possibilities to be engaged in.

 

When falling back into habit:

 

Let yourself choose consciousness over impulse. Don’t worry about falling back into habits. Allow each moment to be all that matters- and choose to not let yourself down when recognizing you have the choice of consciousness or impulse.

 

And never underestimate the power of writing down goals and intentions and guidelines for oneself. Talk to yourself. Be clear. Hold yourself Accountable. Remember: you are not fighting with yourself- you are doing this for yourself.

 

 

Thank you for doing this with me. Remember we are all always learning this together; they don’t call this a challenge for nothing. It’s a process- yet who says it has to be hard or painful? Let us bask in the joy and freedom of being free from addiction and dependency, and present with our productive potential. Let us take delight in making the changes we know will serve our overall well being-and let ourselves experience the greater clarity and presence that we do this for. Remember that it’s bigger than us, and that it starts with is. To greater responsible and progressive usage of our devices, and greater presence, happiness, and deepening of our livelihood, humanity, and natural connection. Thank you.

– Adi Beth

 

About the Author:

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Adi Beth is a seeker, lover, feeler, thinker and creator of all things beautiful and of meaning. Having moved at a young age from Tel Aviv, Israel to the center of modern innovation that is Palo Alto, CA, he lives for a vision that transcends all cultural barriers, seeing his place and purpose in this world being to serve the empowerment of a whole humanity towards unification for a future where we are all embracing our full authentic selfs and utilizing our highest gifts and potential to co-create for the upliftment and enlightenment of all. The main means through which he experiences himself fulfilling his part in that vision is through constant exploration of his highest joy and passions through artistry, music, and writing. In acknowledging the importance of these tools in awakening himself to greater honesty and openness regarding the underlying truths of what it means for him to be human, as well as into connection with a greater sense of shared humanity, he feels hopeful to assist and inspire others in transforming and awakening themselves to their own personal places of joy, power, truth, love and purpose so that we may all know our place here at this turning point in history being worth the unleashing of every last bit of what our hearts may have to offer.

It’s not me, it’s you – Relationship Detox

It’s not me, its you.

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You know that person in your life that is a constant downer? The person who seems to suck the life out of the room when they walk in, or when they call you, you automatically feel like ignoring the call? Yeaaaaa this is about them…. and us, but mostly them.

 

When we talk about relationship detoxing, we aren’t just talking about getting out of a bad romantic relationship, or salvaging some kind of romantic notion that two people are meant to be together forever, we are examining all of our relationships. Our friends, our family, our coworkers, our neighbors, anyone who is in our environment and therefore shares an energy exchange with us, these are the ties that we are analyzing here.

 

So because we all have the attention span of goldfish nowadays, lets break it down here. Here’s how to detox your relationships, and in effect foster a positive environment for your own personal growth.

 

  1. Make a list of the people closest to you

    • Think about how you feel when you are with them. Do they make you feel happy? Are you free to be yourself around this person? Do you ever wish you could have an escape rope, to leave the dinner early?
  2. Decide if each of these people have a positive or negative impact on your life

    • Take the overall feel of your relationship and make it very black and white, is this a positive relationship or a negative one? First thought, best thought.
  3. Figure out what kind of relationship you have with that person

    • Is this a friend who you’ve known forever? Is it someone who you met a few months ago at some party? Did this person play a part in making you?   How much of a connection is there?
  4. Assess how much time you spend with that person

    • Is this a coworker you see everyday? Or a friend who you see every month? Is it a roommate that is just always around? Try and give it a number, and objectively assess how much time you spend with that person.

 

Now that you have your list and you’ve decided whether it’s a positive/negative relationship, how much of a connection you have with that person and how much time you spend with them, consider how you might want to move things around.

 

  1. Do you think it would be best for you to spend more or less time with these people?

    • Be brutally honest here. I’ll spare the examples because there’s no judgment on anyone, but are your goals aligned with the actions you would take when you spend time with that person?
  2. Now make your environment hospitable for growth.

    • Here’s where we have to be unapologetically genuine and mindful with ourselves. Are we creating an environment that is healthy, happy and productive?   We need to make the decisions to either spend more time with people or less.   And that’s OK.   It doesn’t mean that we don’t love these people; it means that we need to set ourselves up for a successful and happy life. So we need to consciously make the decisions that will be best for us, and for them.   We could get into codependent relationships, enabling certain behaviors and dealing with feelings of general “white knight syndrome”, but this detox is for you to live your best life, and if you’re looking to help someone, sometimes the best help is just being an example, so live your best life in efforts to help them do that as well.

 

Relationship detoxing is so important, we have control over who we let in our lives and who we don’t, so do your best to make sure everyone is rowing in the same direction of positivity and mutual support. When our inner circles are cohesive, flowing energy exchanges, we have finally set up en environment of support that is the foundation of all of our life changes.   So examine, celebrate, be grateful for and uncompromising of our relationship’s and we’re one step closer to true happiness.

 

 

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