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Take a Stand: Raise Your Vibration!

From “Yeah Dave”‘s Blog about Livin’ in the Moment…takeStand

The awful news hit you like a sledgehammer.

The media kept replaying the video of that older man about to finish the marathon…

…until that vicious wave of bad energy from the explosion, knocked him to his knees.

Let’s turn this evil on its ear!

As there is bad energy, so is there good!

According to Dr. David Hawkins who studies human energy…

…one person who emanates a high vibration of pure peace has the ability to counterbalance 10 million people who have low vibrations.

Hawkins uses the example of Gandhi, a 90 pound man who single-handedly overcame the British Empire, which was then the greatest force in the world.

We might be a far cry from Gandhi…

…but if we as individuals want to take a stand against sick, twisted, evil people doing terrible things like the Boston massacre, what can we do?

LIFT YOUR VIBRATION.

Stand up to bad by focusing on GOOD.

–In honor of the victims in yesterday’s bombing, bless this day with a full sortie of grattitude, with an extra ‘t’.

–When you catch yourself listening to all the bad news from Boston, take a moment to counter it with some good news (ie watch the video below…it will lift your spirits)

–If you get depressed or angry about our sick and twisted world, do something nice to make your little corner of the universe sweet and beautiful.

This is not about turning a blind eye but OPENING A LOVING HEART.

This is not about being a wussy peacemonger, but UNLEASHING AN OFFENSIVE OF GOOD VIBRATIONS.

Last time we were struck by terror almost 12 years ago, it made us a scared and angry nation.

That’s not who we are.

This time let’s turn to Power, not force.

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Who Knows?

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Mystics say everything happens for a perfect reason and nothing is either good or bad but our judgement of it that makes it so. I have loved this parable for years and often think of it when I find myself being all judgey about things going on in my life.

Secret of Happiness? 

Once upon a time, an old farmer lived in a valley with his son, a handsome and dutiful youth. They lived a peaceful life despite a lack of material possessions. They were very happy. So much so, that neighbors began to get envious and wanted to understand the secret of their happiness.

Savings and Loss?
One day, the old man used all his savings to buy a young and beautiful horse. The very same day he bought it, the horse jumped the fence and escaped into the hills. The neighbors came to express their concern, “Oh, that’s too bad. How are you going to work the fields now?”

The farmer replied, “Good thing? Bad thing? Who knows?”

Double Fortune?

In a few days, his horse came back from the hills and brought eight fine horses with him. The neighbors again gathered around, “Oh, how lucky! Now you can do much more work than ever before!” they said.

The farmer replied, “Good thing? Bad thing? Who knows?”

Misfortune?

The next day, the farmer’s son fell off one of the new horses and broke his leg. “Such misfortune,” said the neighbours. The leg healed crookedly and left the son with a permanent limp and endless pain. The neighbors were concerned again, “Now that he is incapacitated, he can’t help you around, that’s too bad.”

The farmer replied, “Good thing? Bad thing? Who knows?”

Tragedy?

Soon, the news came that war has broken out, and all the young men were required to join the army. The villagers were sad because they knew that many of the young men would not come back. The farmer’s son could not be drafted because of his broken leg. His neighbors were envious: “How lucky! You get to keep your only son!”

The farmer replied, “Good thing? Bad thing? Who knows?”

Conclusion

Good Thing?  Bad Thing? Who Knows?

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You’re Welcome,
xo,
Jan:)
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Reflections of an unborn baby’s mama :)

It’s been a while since I’ve written… So much has been going on in my world, that the daily writing of the Bloggity Blog has become more of a weekly occurrence… but I’m sure you’ll forgive me 🙂 After all, you also know what it’s like to be busy…

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But here we are… a Monday morning, with me in front of the fire and and snoring pup at my heels. I try to keep my early Monday mornings free to catch up, plan my week, and to reflect on what’s happening in my life before I head off to teach some yoga.

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On this particular Monday, I’m gazing at the black & white profile of my already-perfect baby boy, in a photo taken on Thursday where we saw his face (and his penis!) for the very first time. We are ecstatic 🙂 We thought since the beginning that it was a boy, but to actually KNOW, and to conceive of having a SON, is just blowing our minds. We’re celebrating at every turn.

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Mitch has been finding specks of paint all over his body for days now, since painting Baby Boy’s room a calming blue. Knowing his love and excitement are in each brushstroke makes me love the color and the newly built room even more. In this next week, a carpet will be put in, soft enough for baby to crawl on, and the closet shelving system will be installed, organized enough for this mama to hang his sweet clothes that I have been dying to buy. Also this week, I get cracking on the ginormous stack of pregnancy & baby books that I own, as I’m now on the other side of halfway through. This is real. It’s happening. I’m having a SON 🙂

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Yesterday, I had the privilege of teaching the first of a 6-week Prenatal Yoga series at Happy-U Namasté, and I must say… it was awesome 🙂 Not because of me, but because it was literally awe-some to sit in a circle of a dozen glowing mamas-to-be, and to laugh and move and sing and see each other with familiar eyes. I felt blessed to be able to embark on that journey with these women… another moment when I have felt that although it has felt overwhelming at times to be pregnant for the first time AND buy a yoga studio and run it with my husband all at once, that this is EXACTLY the way my story is supposed to be unfolding. I am so grateful.

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Anyway, thanks for indulging me… It feels good to just write for the sake of reflection. I remind myself to find the time for moments like this amongst the hustle and bustle. We all must.

Big love!! XO ~Baby Boy’s Mama, Karson McG

 

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Love Is a Choice

“LOVE Is a Choice”

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Never simple, and often not rational, but within our control to the extent of showing up with a willingness be present to others, fully and without pretense.

What does the quote,”Love is a Choice” mean to you?

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I think being present–authentically present–makes perfect sense, and sounds simple, but it is very difficult to do.

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So, if love is a choice, what gets in the way of choosing love? What do you choose instead of love?

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Is it fear? Self-focus? Anger? Judgements? Expectations? Being right? Being busy? Laziness? The list goes on and on. Usually we choose, without know we are choosing. We just aren’t paying attention.

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So during this Valentine’s Week, let’s “Do Love” a little better by “Choosing Love,” and most importantly, “Showing Love.”

That Guru of Love, John Mayer gets it right when he sings…

Love is a verb
It ain’t a thing
It’s not something you own
It’s not something you screamWhen you show me love
I don’t need your words
Yeah love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb
Love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb

Love ain’t a crutch
It ain’t an excuse
No you can’t get through love
On just a pile of I-O-Us

Love ain’t a drug
Despite what you’ve heard
Yeah love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb
Love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb

So you gotta show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
That love is a verb

You gotta show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
That love is a verb

Love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb

I LOVE YOU JOHN MAYER
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xo,

Jan:)

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Four Life Changing Questions

Are you familiar with

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If not, get ready. She is a fascinating woman, who admits to being one unhappy, miserable human being for much of her life. One day while lying on the kitchen floor with cockroaches crawling across her leg, she had an epiphany.

She realized all her suffering came from her thoughts about her situation, not from the situation itself. Leading her to the conclusion…

All suffering comes from believing your thoughts.

Based on this idea, she developed ‘The Work.’  A simple, quick technique for self-inquiry consisting of asking yourself four questions about a painful thought or belief.

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can I absolutely know that it’s true?
  3. How do I react when I believe that thought?
  4. Who would I be without that thought?

After you answer those questions, you apply a turn-around statement. The turn-around is expressing the exact opposite of your beliefs. Constructing a positive rather than a negative thought.

If this idea peaks your interest, you can dig in deeper by reading Katie’s book, Loving What Is.

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Can these four questions really change your life? I don’t know, but I do know that I am usually able to turn-around almost any negative thought I am having by asking myself Questions #1 &  #2.

Is it true? Can I absolutely know that it’s true?

My answer to that is always “NO” since there is very little I can know is ABSOLUTELY true.

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So the next time you have

THOUGHTS UGLYQuestion the thought by asking yourself…

#1 Is it True?   #2 Can I absolutely know that it’s true?

#3 How do I react when I believe that thought?

#4 Who would I be without that thought?

Apply a turn-around statement to make an ugly thought, into a beautiful thought, and you will become more beautiful to the world.

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Thanks to Roald Dahl for such deep wisdom.

Love,

Jan:)

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Kick Me

So I’m at that point in my pregnancy where I’m supposed to start feeling the baby kick. I felt the first one earlier this week, but Mitch was at the studio and missed it. So for the past few days, we’ve been trying to cajole our little one into kicking for Daddy on command. Strangely, he/she does not kick on command. And thus it begins… defiant little soul.

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In my pregnancy books (all one billion of them), it says that the best way to feel the baby kick is actually to– you ready for it?– be still. Apparently, when you’re moving all day, it lulls the baby to sleep (think a perpetual rocker). Then, when you’re still, the baby wakes up and is like, “Ma?! I’m ready to dance/kick/play/have a tantrum” whatever. The baby can communicate, and most importantly, you can hear the messages.

This makes so much sense to me, it’s ridiculous. I’ve been moving around so much lately, no wonder it’s hard to catch this baby on the move. It’s like trying to pinpoint a ripple in a rocky surf.

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And so, last night, we slowed down. Me, Mitch, and the babe. We breathed. We listened. We laughed. We let go. And lo and behold… WaBAM!

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Quite a solid metaphor for life, huh? Having trouble receiving the messages of the universe (or of your own gut, for that matter)?

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That’s right…SLOW DOWN. Quiet yourself. Meditate. Do some yoga. Settle your mind so you can receive inspiration. If you’re always thinking, you can’t hear divine wisdom. If you’re always talking, you can’t hear anything. And if you’re always moving, you can’t feel the subtle shifts that may be happening in your body (be it a baby, or otherwise) that are communicating to you the loveliest messages of all. Connect with yourself through some stillness and quiet, and behold the magic that awaits you. It could blow your mind…

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amazon.com + Walter = Happy-Me:)

I see my UPS man, Walter, on a daily basis. The doorbell rings, and there he is smiling from ear-to-ear in the freezing cold, presenting me with a box from Amazon. He gently hands it to me as if it were filled with Steuben Crystal, instead of heavy books. Somehow this sweet man knows that he is delivering a precious pirates booty of treasure to me.  He  takes such pride in personally handing me these gifts I order for myself. When Walter shows up, I know my day is about to take a happy turn.

Today’s arrival? The classic,

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.

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Written in 1902 this is a wonderful little book filled with inspirational truths.

It needs to be read many times,

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not only for its wisdom, but for its simple message and beauty. I love everything about this book, from its original hard cover to its beautiful paper pages. Because Walter came to my door today, I have spent the afternoon in a place of deep contentment and pure enjoyment immersing myself in this easy read, written 111 years ago.

Life is good, very, very good:)

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I can’t help but think of the effect this book has had on me, and to reflect on how we each have a seed of desire within us to serve humanity in one way or another. James Allen has left his legacy on the printed page, spreading a message of hope and love down through generations. Most of us will leave the world a better place for having been a part of it. If we are aware of it or not, I do believe it’s true.

I wonder how Walter the UPS guy, planned to save the world when he was a young man? I somehow doubt he saw wearing a brown uniform, driving a brown truck, delivering brown packages, throughout winter brown neighborhoods, as his way to uplift humanity. But boy, how wrong that belief would have been. He is a man who has found his OWN special calling. Spreading smiles,happiness, kindness and joyfilled brown boxes, far and wide, HE is my definition of a Lightworker. HE is living a very purposed filled life.

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So, I thank you, Walter, for “working joyfully and peacefully.” I thank you for your kindness and “right efforts.”  I thank you for being such a shining example of the important part each and every one of us plays in the well-being of our fellow human family. You truly are a “Prince Among Men.” I am your biggest fan.

Love,

Jan:)

P.S…A special ‘thank you’ for wearing those goofy shorts, knee socks and cub scout hat in the summertime. You make me smile!

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Grace as a Way of Life

Yesterday, I posed to my yoga class the question, “What does Grace look like to you?” When you think about a graceful person, how does she act? How does he conduct himself? How does that person interact with others and how does he or she move through his or her life?

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Now, I’m not necessarily talking about a Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers kind of grace (although that would be nice too), but more of the day to day attitude of love, kindness, and good will toward others. The ability to take life’s challenges with a calm & faithful heart. To trade the tendency to panic for the tendency to appreciate everything as a step toward something greater.

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Another more subtle form of grace came to mind as I read a short article in this month’s Whole Living magazine about thinking before you speak & act. Apparently, researchers at Vanderbilt University found that when monkeys were trained to make instant decisions , their brains changed the way they processed information to value speed over accuracy. This means that conversely, when we practice mindfulness to think through our actions and our words, we become accustomed to value accuracy over speed. And in this fast-paced world, I see mindfulness in our manner of communication as a sign of grace; one that usually falls to the bottom of the list in terms of priority.

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So this week, consider how grace shows up in your life. Worry not about being perfect, but about being mindful. About being forgiving, loving, and faithful in every moment. And if you CAN learn a few graceful dance moves, that’d be great too 🙂

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Stoopid Life Phases:)

In a few months I will be the proud recipient of a beautiful Grandchild.

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Since this will be my very first (of many, I hope) Grandbaby, I am in the middle of a growth spurt! Spurting from “Mommy” to “Grandmommy,” makes me think a lot about where I have been with my own children, where I am now, and where I am going.

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Soon I’ll be that Old Woman  trying to get into Heaven:)

Oh yeah, and then there is the Santa Claus Stage.

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I am hoping I am in Phase #3, but I can’t lie, sometimes I am definitely in Phase #4!

Life in Five Bottles

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Thinking I am in Phase #3 makes me feel young, although again I think I am hovering between Phases 3 & 4!

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But this is the one that makes me the happiest because I DON’T See Myself in ANY of  THEM!

Because…

I Have Time+Money+Energy=One Happy Grammy!

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I am enjoying every Phase of Life:)

Love,

Granny Janny:)

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MLK Jr., the Yogi

It’s nice when the calendar provides beautiful inspiration for a blog post for me to write.

I’ve been so busy lately, what with the new yoga studio, baby on the way, and a completely new routine for myself, I’ve found myself ending many a day recently faceplanting into my bed at 8:45, with the apparent affliction of narcolepsy. I’ve been doing so much, that my mental reserves haven’t proven deep enough to provide me with much philosophical content for this here blog. I’ve considered taking a hiatus to let myself off the hook. Maybe I’ve got too much going on to try to produce a blog.  Maybe I should give up.mlk4

So, I have a choice. I can throw the towel in, or I can take some pressure off myself. I can get mad at myself, or I can dig deep (or not so deep) and just take one baby step in the direction I’d like to go.

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So I start with finding a quote, a reading, something to inspire me. And think, maybe just sharing something awesome I’ve found is enough for today.

And when my inner critic tells me that that’s stupid, or that I just can’t do it, or I’m not good enough or capable enough, I say,

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Even when that person is me.

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So I keep moving forward. Doing what I can not to succumb to insecurity or doubt. To listen to the messages of utter exhaustion, but not to overreact. To be gentle with myself and love myself even when I struggle. Even when I feel like I’m not at my best. I remind myself that…

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So I remember to LOVE. To love myself, to love others, to love the world. And that, my friends, is enough.

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Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for all your incredible insights… I see you as the yogi you were in your heart, and am grateful for the inspiration you provided me today, when I just wasn’t sure I was enough 🙂

Pass it on…

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