Have you ever been in a phase in life where someone has hurt you deeply and completely? I’m not talking about a hair stylist cutting your hair too short or you weren’t invited to a party. I’m talking about a relational breach of trust, an attack on your family, or a personal attack on your character? Mad to the point where you fully retreat and dismiss people or go full steam ahead to get away from a person, situation or circumstance?

I call this a phase because we cannot live life in a space of unforgiveness. I remember the day that I decided to release some unforgiveness from a past relationship hurt. IT FELT SO FREEING! Hearing from God was not new to me; however, it was getting VERY hard to hear in those moments. Eventually, I was able to clearly hear from God more because my heart was not closed out. I was able to move my body more because I was able release the stress in my hamstrings, shoulders and neck that unforgiveness had lodged into my body.

Once I was able to release unforgiveness, I began to experience true inner peace. Peace that did not question or come back to the issues that initiated the unforgiveness. Peace that allowed me to sleep peacefully and not go through worry. This inner peace moved me into space of equanimity (Google says, a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind). My spirit was renewed with consistent joy, peace, love, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness!

It's a true blessing to walk into this space. Is it to stay with this mindset? No, because…life. But it's always available to me when I become still and begin to listen to what the Spirit has to say. It requires me to let go of my schedule and cling to God's word. I withdraw and take some time to land on my yoga mat, clear my mind through the practice of intentional breathing and meditation.

As we enter the season of thanksgiving and gratitude, allow the Spirit to lead and guide you. Accept the peace that comes with living life in right standing with the Creator. Forgive your past, those that wronged you…forgive yourself for stewing in it too long! Forgive, and find peace, joy and love in your heart and mind again!

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 (NLT)

Don't Let Behavior of Others Destroy Your Inner Peace” – Dalai Lama

Updated: Oct 11

Hello October! October is one of my favorite months - the leaves change, the air gets crisper, my allergies calm down and Pumpkin Spice is fully accepted! As we ease out of quarantine (and I say that with a grain of salt), I’m carefully navigating what it means to find balance in my life. On October 15, I will be leaving my Corporate America job for full time entrepreneurship! As exciting as that is, I’m cautiously weighing where I say yes and no to events and activities as to not overwhelm myself and my family. I’ve been know to try and “do it all” and I always end of irrigated, upset or just plain moody! So my mind continuously ponders - how do you keep your boundaries in check to stay balanced, mind, body, soul, spirit and CALENDAR!

I often find myself “busy” for no real reason at all and the next time I look up, it’s 3:00 PM! After a few days of this, I realize that I’m “out of balance” and have to work consciously to reel it all back in! This month, I’ve realized that I had to let go of teaching some yoga classes and stick to having my Tuesday, Saturday and Sundays open, maybe not going to EVERY church event, and intentionally setting “white noise” time on my schedule. I absolutely LOVE talking to people about their finances and financial planning, however, when it’s too much on the calendar at one time, burnout of your passion arrives sooner than expected!

Even though I’ve made plans to keep my boundaries and often fail, I always give myself grace to try again another day. Grace and forgiveness. The two attributes that make me a more compassionate human. I often come back to grace and forgiveness as the balance that brings me back to center. Back to keeping Jesus at the center of my life. Back to seeing others as the Father sees them!

My prayer for you throughout this month is that as you seek boundaries and balance in your life, you will cultivate the strength to forgive and show grace to others, as well as yourself!

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I realized I haven’t wrote about our studio reopening (oh the joys of owning a yoga studio) OR posted on the blog in awhile since releasing The Manicured Marriage this month! I want to take a moment and write about one of my favorite classes back on my Fall Schedule, Hot Power Mix! Mix means music!!

When I mention that I’m making playlists for my yoga classes, people look at me like, what?!? How is that yoga? Guys, the practice of yoga is deep and wide. There are so many schools and lineages of yoga…we will save that discussion for Yoga Basics or a yoga philosophy class!

Music/Yoga - two of my absolute favorite things! If you’ve taken a 6:00 am class at the studio in the last year, you would walk in to the tunes bumping loud and the tempo upbeat! In my Power Mix classes, we move with the breath and the beat. Music frees the mind and allows me to push the shopping list out of my head and connect my body’s breath and movements.

So how do you create a magical playlist? First, you start with a genre, theme or intention. Naturally, you gravitate to your favorite genre - I’ve made so many Pop playlists, I had to start dating them to remember which was which! I’ve had a Lauren Hill/Aretha Franklin mix, a Whitney/Mariah mix, and a 70s/80s/and 90s mix! Once the intention/genre is selected, I spend time adding songs to playlists, then Intentionally placing the tunes in order for a meditation, warm-up, building heat, then cool down. You want the tempo to agree with your sequence so it takes careful alignment to ensure you are not heading into savasana with a fast song playing!

So that’s the Magic - Here are a few of my favorite playlists! Join me every Thursday at 5:15 for Power express set to an intentional playlist!

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