taking rest is time well spent

“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
― Maya Angelou

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ahhhh, we all need that time away to reset.

i  took this weekend to explore how i present i could get when i put my phone away and hot damn! it felt great. putting my phone away (mostly just staying off of social media), allowed me to just enjoy my family. some practice time. some coffee with friends. i even got to sneak off and play at where i hope to get married 😉 unplugging gave me space to have family tickle wars, to be kind without seeking recognition. to just enjoy each day with out thinking of how to record it.

lately we all have been overloaded with articles and a need to act, but it is also important to take time and look around you. to see the beauty. to laugh until you cry. to treat a bunch of strangers to coffee (and supporting the ACLU). to make change by also living your life. this weekend was a nice reminder that:

living, loving, and taking time to reset is always a good idea.

laughter is the best medicine.

extra snuggles are always worth running late.

being nice to everyone is a great way to remember all the nice things that have happened for you.

it’s ok to know what to do or have all the answers. just take it moment by moment.

i hope y’all had a great weekend! and that you are feeling fierce for this week ahead.

xo,

liz

Taking time every day

“…it has never been harder to tap into our inner wisdom, because in order to do so, we have to disconnect from all our omnipresent devices – our gadgets, our screens, our social media – and reconnect with ourselves.”
― Arianna Huffington

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
― Anne Lamott

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i have enjoyed my little hiatus from blogging, but i have also missed sharing with y’all!

so much has happened in the last few weeks: a hawaii family vacay, getting engaged, the chaos of the world. in the world over loaded by news feed and a shadow of doubt in what we are reading and the intentions of our neighbors, friends, and strangers on the internet. it can be madness: which makes self care and bliss even more important. i have been relying heavily on the tools i helped create in “the living mala“, they have helped remind me the importance of my practice. of stepping back. of breathing, moving, being.

i say these things, not as distractions from life, but as a way to navigate better. as a way to be more present. present in order to be clear. to take action. to help. let’s all plan on taking care of ourselves and each other. i’m looking forward to coming back to writing again. to sharing more yoga. to helping you find bliss every damn day!

today, take pause.

sit still. breathe. look outside. look inside. see the good within you. see your spark, your light. take some time today to see the shine within you.

you are a light in the world. i hope you let it shine brighter today.

xo,

liz

Getting in the groove, bliss at home

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

img_3247my favorite light at my favorite time of day

this weekend we got to experience actual winter like weather. of course, it never lasts long which is fine for us! this household doesn’t particularly love the super cold. as winter weather often drives us inside, it is always good to look at our homes and see how we can make them more ours. now is not necessarily the time for purging (unless your winter holidays were excessive or you see those in need of what you have in abundance like coats, pants, or hats), but since we are indoors so much we can really get a sense of the *vibe* of our home. looking at the flow, the comfort, the access, or even the treasures that we display, all these things help in our feeling the sense of home as well as how our day starts or ends.

if things are cluttered or stark, you may start your day feeling overwhelmed because of the too much or feeling like you don’t have enough. if you don’t have a comfortable place to curl up and read or write, you may not feel at home. if you have to dig to find your favorite mug or sweater or photo, you may need to rearrange. if the treasures displayed in your home remind you of negative memories or cause frustration of another time, perhaps it is time the are not on show for everyone. this is the joy of being home when it is cold out, we get to see what our homes are really creating within us. after all, if this is our sanctuary, our place to recharge, what are we charging up with?

you know what the best part is? when you start to move furniture or pull your favorite books out from hiding or start to hunt the second hand stores for you new favorite chair or desk, you warm you body and keep you feeling charged up. so take advantage of the cold weather and start to create that blissful sanctuary your home should be. or at least create yourself a little nook for some yoga/meditation/coffee drinking 😉

xo,

liz

Authenticity: bliss in me

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
― C.G. Jung

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as this new year began, i started the dive deep into what authenticity looks like for me. what it feels like to be true to my own heart. my own skin. my own passions. while i strongly feel as if i HAVE been authentic to myself, my big crazy hair wile and free most days. my yoga practice being mostly sipping coffee and moving my body in what is organic to me. parenting the boys in ways i see fit. five minute meditating, hari om chanting, silly dancing, baking goodies human. in a world that is looking to make everyone the same, it is a revolution to be oneself. are you game to do so?

finding bliss with myself, my body and who i am is a journey. it is a learning and a relearning that i am not the number on the scale or firm belly of a woman who has never given birth. i am more than the picture squares on instagram or even the photo shown here. my true self is vast, just as you are my friend. you are so much more… do you know that? do you feel the bliss of being you? i hope you take time this week or weekend to see yourself as is and let loose some of what you have been hiding. be you friend, you ROCK!

xo,

liz

Stepping up, bliss in all things

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
― Ellen Goodman

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot

img_3162good bye 2016, you’ve been something!

my friends, the new calendar year is here. i always feel torn about the new year, i feel like we are still in winter which is a time of internal processing, shifting and yet we have this big push for goals and resolutions. a new 365 days are in front of us and we can do with them what we would like.

i plan on using these first six weeks of the new year as a way to plot and plan, map and list out how i am going to follow through on my ideas. from writing another book with nancy alder (eight limb life interactive book is coming your way in 2017!!) to plotting out retreats to teaching at my first yoga conference in Houston, TX to spending my first nights away from the boys to traveling to hugging friends and sharing our laughter, tears, and working together to donating royalties to charities that make our world a better place. All these dreams will start with little steps and i am ready to take them. i am ready to take action.

as this new year comes in, i will plot and plan, brew and bake until spring finally arrives and i will bloom like the tulips, daffodils, and any other spring flower that pushes from the cold earth to be seen. i look forward to that bloom. my new year ideas are seeds planted now and will be watered, fed, and doused in sunshine. blooming takes work, courage to step into yourself, and stepping up to take action. how will you create 2017 to be your own?

xo,

liz

Always learning, bliss in life

“Parla come magni,’ It means, ‘Speak the way you eat,’ or in my personal translation: ‘Say it like you eat it.’ It’s a reminder – when you’re making a big deal out of explaining something, when you’re searching for the right words – to keep your language as simple and direct as Roman rood. Don’t make a big production out of it. Just lay it on the table.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

“If someone does not want me it is not the end of the world. But if I do not want me, the world is nothing but endings.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

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i would be lying if i told you that this break and time off was all fun. after all, over a month away from sharing is bound to have some struggles, but they were learning lessons in my turning inwards. self-reflection is hardly ever easy to do and often times we find parts of ourselves that need to die in order for us to be content or even just grow. there are many parts i have been actively working to on so i can be more content, more present, and just a better human being.

it is hard work though and failure happens.

over this time away from blogging, i did this writing exercise of writing a letter to 2016. thanking it for being the year it was and writing out what would be staying in 2016 as a memory along with what i would be taking with me: hope, love, kindness, creativity, and determination. i looked long and hard at what i want, how i want to create it, and what parts of me had to peel away to become present. i have looked at my words and actions from this year: some were less than great, after all i am passionate an quick to respond with full emotion; others were honest, heart-felt, and in alignment. i’m learning the lesson to pause before i respond. i’m learning that not everyone understands me and that is ok too. mostly during this break though, i have looked over all the lessons i have been learning and realizing that i will always be learning {since that is life}, but that should not stop me from stepping into my own. into being a strong woman. into being a kind human. into the world i work hard to create.

this coming year will hold a lot for me, as i am sure it will for you. from turning the eight limb life course into a book/workbook to teaching at Texas Yoga Conference to making self publishing a truly amazing thing to creating art with the boys to traveling a shit ton to making the world a better place for all our children. 2017, you have a lot of potential. i plan on taking advantage of it. what is it you want to *finally* do in 2017?

i hope you’ll join me here often, finding bits of bliss in our busy modern lives and making our practice of yoga into a daily ritual.

xo,

liz

Samadhi Report: new moon love

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
― Mark Twain

fall is a good time to make changes

i love a good new moon.

something about that dark side that reminds me of the importance of embracing life: the good, the bad, the UGH WTF. each month we get reminders that we are reaching our full growth and that it is time to let go of what doesn’t serve (the full moon) and two weeks later we get to enjoy a moment of a clean slate to put our intentions out in the world of what we want to create (the new moon).

something about getting up this morning felt like i needed a change. a little shift in how i look to bring about some much needed samadhi and internal shift/healing in how i view myself. sometimes we can change our outward looks to match something we are creating on the inside. for me, i want something more playful. i keep getting signs of more fun in life, more laughter, and more lightheartedness! it was time to slough off the worries and just cut the bangs and buy the overalls. why not! i have been craving a sense of playfulness in how i look.

oh new moon, thank you for reminding me to have fun  and to let loose a little. 2016, you’ve been, well, i don’t even have the words, but i’m gonna spend the last month of you enjoying the hell outta life. join me why don’t you?

xo,

liz