Founder’s Muse – December 2014

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Welcome to December at Tranquil Space. We’re offering our weekly 100-class line up, workshops, mini retreats around the new year, and more. Peruse our offerings and deepen your practice on and off the yoga mat this month and beyond. 

Last month I had the privilege of basking in three days of the Mindful Leadership Summit. Although I found myself reaching a saturation point by mid-day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the wisdom shared by each teacher has left me incredibly full. Below showcases a snippet of the many gems I penned based on the various teachings. 

You have to manage your inner game (self-inquiry) to manage your outer game (leading others). Circumstances are neutral. Choice is learned through practice. Expectations are planned resentments. Don’t act when triggered. Conditioning controls our perception. Our brain is set up to act like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive experiences. Welcome experiencing difficulty, it allows us to practice more. The stressor doesn’t cause stress, it’s how we relate to it that causes stress. Switch from fight, flight, freeze to attend and befriend. A gesture of kindness changes our biochemistry. Ask, “what’s between me and being really present?” Redirection and beginning again is the practice. When you bring awareness to sensation in your body, you are coming to the present moment.

One highlight of the weekend was connecting with Tranquil Space friends and colleagues pictured above. Note closed eyes due to bliss overload. 

Another highlight was approving my latest book and creative baby, Tranquility du Jour Anthology, for printing before dashing out Saturday morning to hear Tara Brach‘s opening keynote. She exudes compassionate wisdom and leaves a crowd mesmerized. 

As I settle in to tie a bow around this year, I’m determined to keep the above nuggets in mind. While listening to rain pour outside the window and my beloved pug snore nearby, I’m brought back to the present moment. Again. And again.

Wishing you a month infused with the ability to begin again. Over and over. That’s where the practice gets juicy and that’s what life’s about. This very moment.

May your final offering in 2014 be filled with tranquility, warm hugs, and deep breaths. Thank you for sharing your practice with us. We’re very honored. Namaste.

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