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Letting Go Isn't as Easy as it Sounds

Letting Go Isn't as Easy as it Sounds

Just let that sh*t go. We hear it all the time. This simple phrase meant to be a symbolic releasing of our problems. Surrendering our worries into the universe and trusting it will all work out.

I was one of the people that said this so often. It was a motto I thought I lived by, but when I actually thought about what I've "let go" of in my life, it was way more complicated than just a single moment of release.

Learning to Take Back Ownership of My Body

Learning to Take Back Ownership of My Body

Today, I’m going to be writing mainly to the ladies that are reading this; however, I know that this topic can absolutely apply to men just as equally. So, while the writing will be addressing women from the point of view as a woman myself, I think this could be helpful to anyone who reads it, whether it rings true to your own experience or it just gives you insight into what others have experienced, this is an important message.

After enduring an abusive relationship for over two years along with experiencing a lifetime of men treating me as though all I had to offer was my body, I had come to a point where I believed all the messages about my body and worth were true. It seemed, to me, that society believes that as a woman I owe my body to others. That when men want a piece of me, I must give it without question.

The Universe Wants to Guide Us; We Just Have to Listen

The Universe Wants to Guide Us; We Just Have to Listen

Over the past couple weeks I've been going through one of those phases where I just don't feel inspired to post on social media or write. These happen every once in awhile, and I know I'm not the only one who experiences these phases as I see other people post on social media about their feelings of burnout pretty regularly. 

Normally, when I feel burnout like this my reaction is to fight back with it. "Keep on schedule." "Keep posting every day. You can find something interesting to share." "You have to keep this up if you want followers." It's a never ending battle, one that's pretty exhausting and feels really disconnected. 

But, something changed during this most recent episode of stepping back. Instead of fighting with the lack of desire to share, I started asking myself why I wanted to share in the first place. What was my initial goal anyways, and did that goal need to be met with a constant flood of content?

Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Ishvara Pranidhana | Finding the Wisdom to Accept Our Path in Life

Welcome to the tenth and final post of the yama and niyama series. We're finishing things out with such a great tenant, Ishvara Pranidhana, meaning surrender. It feels like all the previous nine tenants have led us up to this final one of surrendering to what life brings our way. Let's get in to what the tenant of Ishvara Pranidhana asks us to bring into our lives.

The text we've been following, The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele, provides such a fantastic explanation of Ishvara Pranidhana. It states that the tenant of surrender proposes that there is a divine force at work in our lives. This can take on different forms for everyone, whether you attribute this higher being to a god, nature, or just some force, the belief is that this force is greater than we are and cares deeply for us. Surrender invites us to be active participants of our lives, being present and fluid with each moment, while also appreciating the magnitude and mystery of life. Ultimately, this tenant invites us to open our hearts and accept the higher purpose of our being.