Monday, August 8, 2016

What will it take to go after your dreams?

Your dreams have been waiting for you to first find them and then chase them with passionate desire. We have so many walls built from out past conditioning. Various thoughts telling us to be conservative and move slowly. I agree our steps should be mindful and patient. Yet how often do we put our dreams to the side and settle for something less... Less risky, less different, less challenging, less fufilling. 

Of course it's scary! Every new frontier is scary! Imagine what the first human to sail out into the unknown ends of the ocean felt like! For all they knew the world was flat and they would inevitably fall off. Yet someone, some group was brave enough to follow their destiny! They had a pull within them guiding to their life's purpose. 

So what exactly stops us from passionately venturing towards our dreams?

Fear of failure.

Being uncomfortable with the unknown.

The idea that a steady paycheck is worth the sacrifice of purpose.

Having to carve our own path requires more energy then following a worn path.

A strong possessiveness to material success.

Fear of what others will think.

Feeling a loss of identity if we let go of what we have been doing in the past.

Social status.

Feeling the need to sacrifice the present moment for a better retirement. 

Perhaps not even knowing what we really want.

The list is never ending :) 

In the end everyone's reasons may be slightly different. What's important is that you inventory yourself . If you find that you are doing something outside of your dream then congratulations! Becoming aware is the biggest step! Now all you have to do is switch around your priorities and start making small steps towards a positive change. 
 
Possible tools
Keep a journal of ideas.
Talk with friends and family.
Find a life coach.
Spend 5 minutes a day thinking about it.
Start imaging the lifestyle you want.
Make a dream board.
Research!
Follow people on social media that are living similar dreams.
Be open to your dreams changing.
Be grateful for everything that has already   happened in your life, preparing you for what is next :)

"Follow your bliss" - Joesph Campbell

Much Love,
Know Mind



Monday, July 4, 2016

Yoga Is a Moving Meditation

I began my yoga practice years ago when i started to fall in love with meditation. I would sit with my legs crossed in silence as i focused all my attention on my breath... trying to slow down the momentum of my mind as it had been building for the last 22 years of my life. I didn't know exactly how to do it, and i tried to research various techniques but i found it to be a very mysterious topic... lots of people say they meditate and share all the benefits of a practice yet very few actually explain how to do it.

So i then started seeking teachers to help guide me on this new hobby of mine. I found Thich Naht Hahn and Eckhart Tolle. They helped tremendously and i started to experience deeper and deeper states of bliss. I was very satisfied with my meditation practice however once i ended each practice i noticed that my peace would slowly fade as i got sucked back into the overwhelming world of ego. Sometimes i would lose it sitting in traffic, often i lost it at work, or while dealing with certain "difficult" people.

Eventually i would get back home and find my peace again by sitting in silent meditation. But i wanted more! I wanted to be able to live every second in these higher states of experience. Then i was introduced to mindful walking. which is basically moving very very slowly so you can experience all the muscles and sensations of each step... rather than walking to get from point a to point b. this was the bridge that helped me understand how i could take my meditation practice to the next level. If i could meditate while i walk then i could reset much more easily than having to find a quite place to sit.

Yet the walking meditation was not very challenging as far as physical body is concerned, so when i found myself in a stressful situation it was still difficult to overcome the drama. Then i tried Yoga which allowed me to keep a mindfulness state while overcoming higher levels of stress on the body. Feeling every muscle (many i didn't even know i had) as i transitioned through the countless poses. It teaches me how to move through various strenuous positions while still keeping a centered state. This increases my resilience. Which then has a tremendous effect on helping me maintain stillness when i find my self in more stressful situations like work.

To me Yoga is more than just a physical workout designed to create strength and flexibility. If it is practiced with a mindful perspective than it can also become a moving meditation, and once you master the art of finding stillness even in the midst of intense physical movements than you become an unstoppable force of peace and bliss because every second holds the opportunity to find and cultivate peace regardless of the level of stress or challenge.

It reminds me of a powerful quote i heard somewhere... " It is one thing to be a monk in a monastery, it is another to be a monk in the midst of our chaotic world."

Much Love,
Know Mind

Monday, June 6, 2016

Experience is Relative

There are 7 billion people alive on this planet right now.
Each one carries there own unique story...
Starting with their ancestry... they each have a physical form that has been created over thousands if not millions of years. Passing down the Genetics, DNA, Wisdom, and Awareness.




Awareness is traveling through Time

Jumping from one form to the next

Being multiple perspectives at once

Possibly all perspectives

Infinite Being Is

Being

Beyond thought

Silent State

Aware of Fate

Passing through the Gate

Can you relate?

Most can't... they will eventually, but as of right now they are unaware of the possibility of living outside of the story that the mind has created to label and direct their life... every second of it... from Birth to Death...


What matters more?

That I explain it to the best of my abilities.
 or
That you do your best to understand.

Not just to understand me, but to understand that everyone has a story in their head that dictates their actions and reactions... They are just playing out the patterns that were given to them from birth to now through culture, family, and many other influences...

Always remolding... yet some become solid
to a point where if you try to bend it, it will break... Yet the ones who are adaptable to change are the ones that understand... Understand the fact that ever single person that crosses your path today has a real story... a story and a purpose.

Much Love
                                 -Know Mind


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Do your best, surrender the rest.

Do you believe everything happens for a reason? 

Do you acknowledge the possibility of every single detail of reality having a purpose, a meaning, and a trail of stories leading to a higher source? 

Do you believe in God? 
Do you directly experience God? 

Maybe you like to spell the name God differently... Some say Nature, some say Buddha, some say Christ, some say Krishna, some say OM, some say Nothing. 

Either way I know the all powerful force exists and it's elementary( not personal just representing the maturity level of the average human.) to get stuck on the level of names and language... They are all saying the exact same things once you filter out the misguiding flaws that man slipped into each religion known as ego... 
It's almost impossible to teach Calculus to someone who doesn't know how to add... Imagine how the divine being felt trying to explain the laws of nature and concepts of Infinity to our undeveloped ansectors... It's know wonder we have so many different interpretations of Truth... 

Any way back to the point... If you know "God" exists, and I mean truly know it... Then you would be living in a continuous state beyond fear, a state of complete peace ... What is there to fear when you "know" there is an Infinite Divine Being with you at all times... Observing in the shadows of your mind ... Waiting for you to turn around and acknowledge its presence... 

It's awkward calling the supreme "it"... But I find that small word to be more appropriate than attaching a gender... Like he or she. The Creator is both male a female ... Balanced Perfectly... 

Mother Nature
Father Sky (Cosmic Reality) 

So how is this practical in your everyday life?

If you actually know God exists then you have no fear of the future and no resentment towards the past... It has all happened for a precise reason and the future holds many great lessons for us to grow and become closer to the Source... By becoming the Source... 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The power of Acceptance...




I woke up early this morning to prepare for teaching my first yoga class in a couple months... Made coffee, ate some healthy cereal, and slowly starting waking up :) 

I wanted to leave an hour before class started because for whatever reason, In my past I always run into an obstacle causing me to be late, or right on the time ... Granite part of it is because I no longer give Time such an important role in my life , but sometimes that makes things trickier... Although everything always works out for the best in the end... As long as my intentions are good... 

Any how I took my dog out right before I was planning on leaving. I open the door and this picture was in front of me:) 





I've lived here for a year and a half and I have never been blocked into my driveway until this morning :) they were repaving the road! 
It took me a second to realize what was even happening :) then I took a deep breath in and said " well this is one of those situations where I am completely out of control." There was nothing I could do to fix it so I accepted it and called the studio owner to inform her that I might not be able to get out of my driveway :)
Once I got off the phone, I went back outside and too my amazement they had just finished enough of it for me to go around... Ironically my neighbor also left at the exact same time so I just followed him. 
Long story short... I made it to my class early... And I was able to teach it without any negative or stressful energy and now I am very grateful for my practice of surrender... Moments when you are completely out of control and the only thing left to do is say "well then". 

- Much Love
            Know Mind

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A different way of seeing God...

All of the continents that we live on are actually just giant islands... If you dry up all the water on the planet it would be a giant valley and mountain range... So techniqually you can think of the earth as a giant round rock with a big puddle covering it that we call the ocean ... One giant ocean... Water is one of the most precious resources in the universe because it is essential for life to exist... 

So how did water end up on our planet?

Not only that but we live in the Goldilocks zone that surrounds the sun ... It is a small area that orbits around the sun that is not too close or too far ... Creating a suitable climate for life to exist... The odds of our planet existing within this zone is astronomical! 

So then the odds of there being a planet in the Goldilocks zone with water and life is so mindblowing ... That for me it is an obvious sign of the existence of an intelligent creator behind the scenes of our reality. 

So at some point in the history of human existence this divine powerful being must have tried to communicate with the early stages of the human species... And it was interpreted in many different ways... Hence the many religions and branches of religion... Yet still it exists in absolute Truth waiting for us to discover its infinite number of forms and create a relationship with it :) 
 Eventually we realize that it is much closer to us than we think... Infact it is us ... When we let go of our limiting stories of past and future and become fully present in this moment we are shifting our identification from ego/form and redirecting into identification of "I am" . 

---Know Mind