Bringing life to LIFE through a Practice.  Ritual | Commitment | Gratitude.

Bringing life to LIFE through a Practice. 
Ritual | Commitment | Gratitude.


Do you have trouble sticking with a practice? Maybe it's because there's no meaning behind it for you? Maybe you just did it because someone else told you to... or maybe you haven't found a reason to commit to one.

Whatever the case, it's time to develop a practice that brings your life to LIFE. 

A daily practice sets the tone for the entire day. It improves your mental state and awareness, awakens new energy in the body without caffeine,  and keeps you connected to larger commitments that can sometimes seem daunting when staring at a computer all day.

Below, I give you 3 tips to to cultivate a morning practice, or set a strong frame-work for the one you have now. By having a daily practice, (which I always find easier to do in the morning,)  it gives my life purpose, and  is an instant reflection that I am living out my commitment of self-love and service to the feminine. If I practice without a purpose, it’s like movement without a backbone. When I practice for the sake of something larger than myself, it is instantly reflected in my actions the rest of the day. 

Here are 3 steps to having a powerful practice that is sure to keep you on track: 

1- Ritual - Intention setting - (Who am I being?)
2- Commitment - Creation - (What am I doing?)
3- Gratitude- Integration - (As a result, what do I have?)

Great, so what does that ACTUALLY look like?

#1- Ritual  = Meditation  (10 minutes) 
Starting with a ritual is key to feeling purpose in life. Use a meditation and set an intention to bring ritual into your practice. It is a practice that reminds us to breathe, slow down and take a moment to acknowledge our inner world. For example, I say to myself, " I practice in order to be an embodied commitment  to  self-love, partnership, and our connection to the earth. I am committed to love, especially when it's hard and be in my creative potential in order to serve humanity and the feminine." 

Create your dedicated ritual and say it daily!


#2- Commitment = Movement (15 Minutes)
Movement is the area of a daily practice that helps release energy in the body, and strengthens the physical landscape of your vessel. When you begin your day with a practice and set the tone with a ritual, it invites a strong commitment to a physical practice. Through a movement practice, you strengthen your emotional body to your commitments. If ritual sets the tone for being committed to something greater, movement is the instant experience that puts that commitment in action through self-love and care.

Whether your thing is dancing, yoga or working out - commit. 


#3- Gratitude  = Journal  (5 minutes) 
At the end of each practice, it is powerful to close with gratitude and an appreciation for what you have. Close your eyes and give thanks, or write down what you’re grateful for that day. (Here is a great journey to use as a tool for this process!) Whatever it is, by you being in a state of gratitude, you are stepping into a perspective outside of yourself, giving others the space to trust you, your leadership, and what you are committed to.

This, above anything else, is the greatest game-changer. 


Recap: Set the tone for your day | Dance to that tone | Give thanks that you can. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH!

Oregon Eclipse Festival
August 17-23rd.
Teaching META Method 7:30pm Monday 8/21
Performances with: The Glitch Mob, Random Rab & The Human Experience. 

ALONE = ALL ONE
Here's a video to remind you to spend time alone and get into nature. 

TRACK OF THE MONTH
RANDOM RAB- Gimme That Hope
Flavor- Upbeat and uplifting. 

"Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves." ~ Pema Chodron

With a howl at the moon,
Elana

Posted on August 4, 2017 .

Climaxes, Managing Expectations and Time...

We live in a society where the pinnacle moments are the only ones that seem to matter - where 99% of our time is spent in the valleys between. 

Recently, I found myself in a situation in which I was quick to make something happen rather than appreciate the walk through that valley. 

I was about to launch a massive new project with an incredible team of women pre-maturely. It's as if I sought to defy time and process. "Time can't touch me!" was my mentality. 

I thought we had the tricks and tools to accomplish it all and to jump our way through an impossible time frame.

And in this,
I became tense...
I became hard...
I held resentment for friends and family that "got in my way."
I had no TIME for anything besides jumping over the hurdle of "impossible."

I almost cracked.

...But then I got vulnerable. 
I managed to get out of the way and halter my own preconceived expectations, allowing myself to  see this beautiful vision in front of us. Yes, it now has a longer time-line than we originally projected, but in this, we realized we do have all the tools to make the impossible possible.

Its time to check expectations at the door and have no demands of... well... time. 

Take away:
Go for your dreams and make your dreams your reality. Things take time. With patience, persistence and perspiration, it makes an unbeatable combination for success.
...and share your fruits among community. 

Posted on June 6, 2017 .

This dance is one of mastery, a blossoming and continuous unfolding…

 "We are both light and shadow, dancing and meeting each other in each other, to be ultimately reconciled within. " My medicine this month has been transitions. To find those moments to PAUSE. This pause can change the entire course of a conversation, attitude and perspective of the day.  When I close my eyes and take a deep breath in before I sit at the computer, before I get out of the car for meetings, and pause before I eat, I reframe my mindset and get a whole new wave of energy, happiness and resilience.  It is within these transitions that  we choose peace, tranquility, and the discipline to continue to work while being grounded and taking flight. And It is yours to take.  Why is it effective? - it's brief (15 seconds), it taps into your emotions and pauses the motions, it calls forth your most powerful self, and (I think we know by now), breathing helps brain function.  Here are some tips: 1. Get clear on who you want to be for yourself, colleagues, family and friends.   2. Use transitions between leaving the house, entering work, eating,  and take 3 deep breaths. Center into your clarity.  3. Find two words or phrases that resonate with you.  Say one as you breath in and  the other as you breath out.  Pause...I dare you. :) This dance is one of mastery, a blossoming and continuous unfolding…

 "We are both light and shadow, dancing and meeting each other in each other, to be ultimately reconciled within. "

My medicine this month has been transitions.
To find those moments to
PAUSE.

This pause can change the entire course of a conversation, attitude and perspective of the day. 

When I close my eyes and take a deep breath in before I sit at the computer, before I get out of the car for meetings, and pause before I eat, I reframe my mindset and get a whole new wave of energy, 
happiness and resilience.

 It is within these transitions that  we choose
peace,
tranquility, and
the discipline
to continue to work while being grounded and taking flight. And It is yours to take. 

Why is it effective? - it's brief (15 seconds), it taps into your emotions and pauses the motions, it calls forth your most powerful self, and (I think we know by now), breathing helps brain function. 

Here are some tips:
1. Get clear on who you want to be for yourself, colleagues, family and friends.  
2. Use transitions between leaving the house, entering work, eating,  and take 3 deep breaths. Center into your clarity. 
3. Find two words or phrases that resonate with you.  Say one as you breath in and  the other as you breath out. 

Pause...I dare you. :)

This dance is one of mastery, a blossoming and continuous unfolding…

Posted on May 17, 2017 .

This dance is one of mastery, a blossoming and continuous unfolding…

 "We are both light and shadow, dancing and meeting each other in each other, to be ultimately reconciled within. "

My medicine this month has been transitions.
To find those moments to
PAUSE.

This pause can change the entire course of a conversation, attitude and perspective of the day. 

When I close my eyes and take a deep breath in before I sit at the computer, before I get out of the car for meetings, and pause before I eat, I reframe my mindset and get a whole new wave of energy, 
happiness and resilience.

 It is within these transitions that  we choose
peace,
tranquility, and
the discipline
to continue to work while being grounded and taking flight. And It is yours to take. 

Why is it effective? - it's brief (15 seconds), it taps into your emotions and pauses the motions, it calls forth your most powerful self, and (I think we know by now), breathing helps brain function. 

Here are some tips:
1. Get clear on who you want to be for yourself, colleagues, family and friends.  
2. Use transitions between leaving the house, entering work, eating,  and take 3 deep breaths. Center into your clarity. 
3. Find two words or phrases that resonate with you.  Say one as you breath in and  the other as you breath out. 

Pause...I dare you. :)

This dance is one of mastery, a blossoming and continuous unfolding…

Posted on May 17, 2017 .

Where's Your Focus?

There are times when I feel overwhelmed and over extended. No one else feels this, right? ;]
It's in those times I gotta check-IN and see what's draining my energy! 

My energy gets drained when I give attention to things that aren't aligned with my dreams, goals and commitments.
Yet how would I know what's draining my energy if I never asked myself, "What am I committed too that fuels my dreams?" 

Our actions show us what we're committed to and sometimes that can be frightening! 
 

 

...because maybe what we give our attention to what isn't aligned with our higher dreams and goals.

I have found that when I clarify my commitments, I stay focused rather than pulled down and distracted in old patterns. 

Our beliefs have the power to create us or destroy us. I've learned that if I have a single drop of lingering doubt, then well, my goals and commitments ain't happening.
 

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Here are tips:
1. Change your mind set-  If your story is, "I can't", "It's selfish", "I am not worthy."... then, hey!...you're right! But NOW, you have the opportunity to COMMIT to writing a new story.
2. Choose to commit to your goal or dream- If you don't know what you're committed to, then how can you create goals towards your dreams? Figure it out, Know it. Write it down and put it on your bathroom mirror.
3. Pursue relentless action aligned to your commitment. - This could start with a meditation, moving your body in new ways, and a daily affirmation, saying what you're committed to. This process will help shape oriented goals. 
4. Trust the process-  There is a transition period between A & B. Embrace the change that may feel unsettling. It's part of it and people will help along the way if you let them.
5. Show sincere gratitude for the help and results- A daily Gratitude Practice shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

...And maybe you already know a tip that you're finally ready to listen to. ;]

Posted on March 20, 2017 .

#Get Woke

     I believe the world is craving The Woman. Capital T & W!  The Woman that is confident, sexy, gentle and powerful in her own magic.  She is Feminine, the healer, the Goddess and more than the sum of all her parts. 
I believe it is the education of Feminine energy that will balance the world, as clearly, it's been misunderstood. 

      We all share energy that is both Feminine and Masculine. Think of it as yin and yang, contrasting and complimentary to one another. Yet, the Feminine has been lost in our fast-paced and linear world. We've denied a whole side of ourselves. 
Has there been a time where you've wanted to relax and get out of your head, to soften, to be vulnerable, to play and make space to get creative, yet you don't quite know how? If so, this is the lost side of the Feminine.  (But don't worry, we're fixing that with the HOW TO GODDESS course.  ;) )

     It is time to connect to our wholeness, fullness and limitless power. To fully unleash our power, we must embrace all sides of ourselves. Masculine, Feminine and everything in-between...even if we don't like it. (Yet.)  

Tips on How To Tap Into Your Feminine:

Tips for the Women:
1. Don't do so much. (This is your permission slip to sit still!)
2. Move your body. (Play some music and let your hips move!) 
2. Lotion your body (Amazing to do after the shower. Receive.) 
3. Have a girls night (Get your nails done. Engage in a creative activity.)

Tips for the Men: 
1. Let her speak, don't rush her and listen. (Don't try and fix her. What she wants to say may take a few takes.)
2. Let her decide where you go to dinner and the movies. (Let her lead.)
3. Be emotionally available. (It's powerful to be vulnerable.)  
4. Keep your phone away while speaking and being social with others. (Your presence is safety and power.) 

     I challenge you to see how you can be more Feminine every day. See that maybe this is exactly what you've been looking for.  Here's some more info if you want to take a deeper dive into this thought.  Feminine Energy in the Office. 

Become that Feminine Goddess...

Posted on February 15, 2017 .

Expect Nothing. Prepare for Everything.

   I've heard from many people that 2016 was a tough year. Yet, as it stands, here we are, stronger than ever and more prepared for what's to come. Out of great fear and pain, comes great beauty. Out of tension comes transformation. Art is birthed from these ashes, gifting healing to our emotional grief and political turmoil. Now we stand with choices on how to take on the next year. 
       
      So how do I plan to take on the future? To be present in the love that is here right now. To get creative beyond my wildest dreams. To surround myself with good company and collectively see how we can create impactful change, that I play just as hard as I work, and reach for the stars as I deepen my roots.

       Amidst the challenging transition that we are facing this Friday, lets remember the importance of optimism and openness, trust, tolerance and teamwork, creativity, learning,  growth and kindness,  critical thinking while leading from the heart, and a willingness to embrace change. 

     If there's any more lingering fears or pain being carried, make this the final slice to those stories and transition into action using the love and power that lives in our hearts. 
You know what I'm taking about. We have work to do. 

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord…” — President Barack Obama

Posted on January 11, 2017 .

STANDING ROCK.

Hello fellow spirits, 

3 weeks at Standing Rock changed my life.  Seth and I were there representing Unify to capture the stories on the ground. Our team created powerful media that I am thrilled to share with you below. 

Standing Rock...A place fueled by spirit and powered by water.

We came a long way at Standing Rock to support a battle that has been happening before many of us arrived. Many came with anger, passion and love, that quickly united in the power of prayer. The Native American Sioux tribe has exampled compassion for all of us to learn and grow from with each action on the front lines. We were there to pray, protect sacred water and mend relationships with our native brothers and sisters. The journey we’ve cultivated together merges politics with spirit and is the access point for all nations and peoples to return to our hearts. From having over 10,000 people come to Standing Rock to pray, The Army Corps of Engineers decline the easement of the pipeline, and a forgiveness ceremony with the U.S veterans for military actions conducted against Natives throughout history, we are shaping hope for the future. We stand stronger than ever in spite of the growing evidence that the Energy Transfer Partners will continue to drill. We pray that the whole world will stand with us knowing that this is not over.  Now more than ever, we ask you to join us in prayer and support this movement and realize it is our choice, oil or water.

 

TAKE ACTION:
1. How to take your money out of the banks that support these pipelines!
2. Help those at Standing Rock.

Top 4 take aways from our native brothers and sisters:
1. I learned about decolonization and how to unite within these systems and walls that have become normalized.
2. How entitlement is violence and is an example of dividing us even further rather than creating new modalities for self-love and the collective.
3. While there was so much to take in, it was essential that we were there at Standing Rock with the attitude of “What can I give?” opposed to “What can I get?”.  
4. We stood as Water Protectors with no violence on our side, which I don’t believe has ever happened before in history for a protest. We didn’t just want peace. We had to become peace. 

 

We are called Water Protectors because we are protecting and praying, not just for ourselves, but for the law officials shooting water cannons, grenades, and mace at us. We are dealing with a human rights issue and what we're experiencing is money and large corporations taking priority over the safety and rights of all people.  We pray for peace for the whole planet and know this is greater than Standing Rock. This is just the beginning. The movement has begun, and you're a part of it. 
 

If there’s an intention for stepping into this new year, it’s to realize that none of us are excused from this conversation. We must plan now for the future ahead and have more conversations with friends and family to address these issues. I encourage everyone to post away and not be afraid of being  judged on social media. To share what side you're on and let your voices be heard. To realize the power of your actions and how we are the change makers...we have to remember that. 

So with your power, aware of the chaos happening in the world, what are you gonna do in 2017? 

TAKE ACTION: 
1. How to take your money out of the banks that support these pipelines!
2. Help those at Standing Rock through the winter. 

Posted on December 18, 2016 .

To the Ponderers and Wanderers

Hey ponderers and wanderers,

After tracking the desert at Burning man for two weeks and Vipassana, a 10 day silent meditation retreat, I'm on the other side. Two contrasting experiences; one rambunctious and the other silent.

I've come to the conclusion I know nothing. All I can claim is my experience in each moment. And then it's gone. And then another moment arrises. How I choose to act in each moment is on me. 

The only truth I know is that we're all connected. The moment I feel disconnected to this truth, I know I am not in my fullest alignment. How can we get into the practice of embodying this knowing? How can it be something experienced rather than intellectualized? What if we were to seek ourselves? To hear what our voices sound like without outside influences? Taking the risk to be found and not intellectualizing "be here now" but actually experiencing it. I hope for us all to reconnect to the deep truth of why we are here. We all have gifts. They all serve a purpose. It is all of our own responsibility to go out and live it.

Posted on October 3, 2016 .