The latest Beauty Detox assignment is to reflect on gratitude. Gratitude is something I try to practice every day. I believe that we are energy and what we give out, we get back. If we always come from a place of lacking, we will always feel like we don’t have enough. It is not until we practice gratitude that we feel abundant blessings. I have seen this true in my own life.
“In 12 years of research I have never interviewed a single person who talks about the capacity to experience and soften into joy who does not actively practice gratitude. There is no joy without gratitude.” -Brene Brown, author or Daring Greatly
One of the things I am most grateful for is my kundalini yoga & meditation practice. Kundalini is called “the mother yoga” and is very different from any other type that I have tried before. Most forms of yoga seem to focus a lot on poses and postures. While there is movement, kundalini is all about the breath. I started practicing at home with this DVD about 5 years ago when I was at my lowest points both physically & mentally. I liked it because I could sit on the floor yet still somehow break a sweat. Suddenly yoga was about more than just a workout or relaxing stretches; It was about connecting to my soul.
Kundalini yoga and meditation works very quickly and deeply. It touches all areas of body, mind, and spirit.
Physically, it has helped me to strengthen my thyroid, balance my hormones and lose weight. I kept up a gentle practice throughout my pregnancy. The breathing techniques I had developed were better than any prenatal class. I used my mantra to relax and focus during a very lengthy child labor. After becoming a new mother, I was amazed at the endurance I had. As exhausted as my body would get, somehow I was always able to keep pushing on. I absolutely credit this to kundalini yoga. Pushing my physical body beyond what I think is possible makes me feel so confident and strong.
Emotionally, KY has brought some deep-rooted issues to light so I could finally heal and release them. It has helped me to let go of what no longer serves me. I have become calmer, more compassionate and optimistic, and less reactive. It has given me the bravery to welcome challenge as an opportunity to grow. It has helped me to learn grace.
Recently I wrote a blog post about one of my favorite kundalini breathing techniques. I have told many people about it and want to keep sharing even more because it is such a simple, powerful tool that I believe beneficial to all. Putting something in writing and out there for the world to see required stepping out of my comfort zone. I shared my post in an online KY community and was so touched by the responses I received. Ana Brett, who has taught and inspired me on my TV screen for five years now, reached out to me personally to encourage me and shared my work with all of her online followers. Finally feeling supported in my passion moved me to tears. With every comment, share, and page hit, I felt reassured that I am on the right path and so extremely grateful.
For various reasons, I had always felt alone for as long as I can recall. Even and especially as an adult, many times I have felt a deep, unfulfilled yearning to run into someone’s arms and be held in a loving space. Meditating has helped me realize that I have never been alone. my soul is always with me, in me. God (spirit, love, source, creator, whichever word you choose) has always been with and in me. I am certain that many lifetimes ago I sat in this same way and chanted these same words. Time dissolves and through my breath I am able to connect with my true being. When I am on my mat I feel completely at home. There is no other place in the world where I feel like I belong more.