Make Like A Bird

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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Eka Pada Koundinyasana II (One-Legged Arm Balance Pose). New Orleans, July 2015. Photo: BKane and MBuffett

The Yogi conquers the body by the practice of asanas (postures) and makes it a fit vehicle for the spirit. (S)He knows that it is a necessary vehicle for the spirit. A soul without a body is like a bird deprived of its power to fly.

-from Light On Yoga by BKS Iyengar

Joy Is Home. Keep Knocking.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon Pose), New Orleans, July 2015. Photo: MBuffett

Be courageous and discipline yourself.

Work. Keep digging your well. Don’t think about getting off from work. Water is there somewhere.

Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring on the door. Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.

-from The Sunrise Ruby by Rumi

Aspiration: Lighten Up, Do Something Different

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
FLOATING GLOBES, Pubic House, Chicago, July 2015. Photo:MBuffett
FLOATING GLOBES, Public House, Chicago, July 2015. Photo: MBuffett

Being able to lighten up is the key to feeling at home with your body, mind, and emotions, to feeling worthy to live on this planet.… This earnestness, this seriousness about everything in our lives – this goal-oriented we-are-going-to-do-it-or-else attitude, is the world’s greatest killjoy… When your aspiration is to lighten up, you begin to have a sense of humor. Your serious state of mind keeps getting popped. In addition to a sense of humor, a basic support for a joyful mind is curiosity, paying attention, taking an interest in the world around you.… Curiosity encourages cheering up. So does simply remembering to do something different… Anything out of the ordinary will help. You can go to the window and look at the sky, you can splash cold water on your face, you can sing in the shower, you can go jogging – anything that’s against your usual pattern. That’s how things start to lighten up.

-from Comfortable With Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

The Space To Realize Dreams

Monday, July 13th, 2015
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DREAM STATE, New Orleans, February 2015. Photo: MBuffett

Sometimes we hitch ourselves to large but essentially empty dreams, maybe because we are so busy just getting through the day that we don’t believe we can actually live according to our deepest, most genuine desires. But the truth is that right here in our daily life, every breath and every step can become a concrete part of making our true dreams happen…. If you feel that your dreams aren’t coming true, you might think you need to do more, or to think and strategize more. In fact, what you might need is less – less noise coming to you from both inside and outside – so that you have the space for your heart’s truest intention to germinate and flourish.

-from Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

Awakening Is A Choice

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
Chonor House, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala India, March 2012. Photo: MBuffett
Chonor House, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala India, March 2012. Photo: MBuffett

Breathing in, breathing out, feeling resentful, feeling happy, being able to drop it, not being able to drop it, eating our food, brushing our teeth, walking, sitting – whatever we’re doing could be done with one intention. That intention is that we want to wake up, we want to ripen our compassion, and we want to ripen our ability to let go, we want to realize our connection with all beings. Everything in our lives has the potential to wake us up or to put us to sleep. Allowing it to awaken us is up to us. 

-from Comfortable With Uncertainty by Pema Chodron 

silence is hOMe

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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Beach Sitting. Fairhope AL, January 2013. Photo: MBuffett

The practice of mindfulness is very simple. 

You stop, you breathe, and you still your mind. 

You come home to yourself so that you can enjoy the here and now in every moment. 

All the wonders of life are already here. They’re calling you. If you can listen to them you will be able to stop running. What you need, what we all need, is silence. Stop the noise in your mind in order for the wondrous sounds of life to be heard.  Then you can begin to live your life authentically and deeply.

-from Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

I Can Not Save The World

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
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‘DRISHTI’ Rishikesh, India, March 2012, Photo: MBuffett

“It is not within anyone’s power to save the whole world, but it is within your power to add whatever you can, with a loving and caring and peaceful heart. You can attend the portion of the world that you touch, you can add a bit of beauty and understanding to the world, you can become the one calm person standing in the boat in a great storm… And by doing so with peace and equanimity, you can show others that it is possible for them to do so as well. When you do, you will join with the forces of peace in the complex unfolding of life. And in that moment you will feel yourself to be one with the vastness from which you and all beings were born, returning to the silence that surrounds you in every moment of your life.”

-from A Lamp InThe Darkness: Illuminating The Path Through Difficult Times by Jack Kornfield

Thieves Oil, Today’s Savior

Friday, March 14th, 2014
40 Days of Young Living Essential Oils
40 Days of Young Living Essential Oils

Uggggghhhh. I woke up feeling a scratch in my throat and pressure in my chest. NO!!!

It is NEVER a good time to get ‘the crud’ as my family calls it.Today I have a long day of teaching RomneyRide classes, ending with teaching my first ever Pilates Reformer class (more on that in a future blog post). So it’s kind of a big day. I want to be 100% on my game.

First thought…. Get thee to Thieves Oil.  Literally one minute after rising I put several drops of Thieves in my diffuser. And because it’s a therapeutic, food-grade product, I dropped some under my tongue. Yes it tastes like medicine. Yes I made a funny face. But it has worked for me before and I need it to work today.

Courtesy of Dolf Cheng
Courtesy of Dolf Cheng

I took an extra steamy shower using Eucalyptus and Thieves. I mixed a healthy smoothie to take to work. I also packed my Thieves oil and small Thieves spritzer spay. Before my first class at the fitness center I dropped another bit of oil under my tongue and I sprayed down the instructor bike and surrounding area.

By the end of the first class…. no more scratchy throat and no more chest pressure. It worked again!

I am so grateful for this stuff! Thieves has so many more uses. It is definitely the one product that got me hooked on Young Living Oils. Check out the cool graphic from Dolf Cheng that shows more ways to use and enjoy Thieves oil.

Friends, BE WELL and BE PREPARED. There’s LOTS of crud out there :)

Several folks have contacted me  inquiring how and where to purchase the oils. If you’re interested in buying oils please see the post from Day 4: How To Purchase Young Living Essential Oils. You can also reach out to me via email at melanie@yogabirds.com.

In Peace, Health and Scented Bliss,
Melanie Buffett
Wholesale Member #1572095

www.youngliving.com/yogabirds

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I’m just  sharing my experiences for entertainment purposes! As always, do what you feel is best for yourself and your family.

 

Joy. Because Everyday Is Laundry Day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
40 Days of Young Living Essential Oils
40 Days of Young Living Essential Oils

It’s Day 6 of my blog series Young Living Essential Oils. If you’re just tuning in, welcome! Please have a look at the previous posts if you’d like to get caught up.

Today I want to talk about Joy. Literally and figuratively.

Yesterday was one of those days where, from the moment I rose from sleep I was consumed by work and life details and stress and admittedly…anxiety.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a very good and productive day. I taught three great RomneyRide classes. I completed task after task after task. I made more lists and lists of lists. I set goals, I wrapped up some old projects. But, I  ran myself ragged into a state of exhaustion and adrenal fatigue (more on that subject in a later blog post).

I had an epiphany by nightfall  that I had worked so hard all day at checking things off the list and making things ‘perfect’ that I forgot to enJOY even a granule of the fruits of my labors.

Instead of lamenting or telling myself that I would ‘do better tomorrow’, I remembered the little bottle of Joy Essential Oil blend that came in my Everyday Essential Oils pack. I pulled it out of my kit poured three drops in my palm and applied behind my ears and on my wrists. Immediately I felt transported to a new state of emotional balance. I remembered to breathe. I remembered to play some pretty music on the radio. I began thinking happy thoughts. I did not feel so tired. And there was my Joy!

Image courtesy of Dolf Cheng
Image courtesy of Dolf Cheng

Joy is a blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmrosa, and Rose oils. Joy Oil can help to open the adrenal glands which is helpful when feeling overwhelmed and depleted.

Today is laundry day…well, everyday is laundry day… but today I am putting two drops of Joy oil onto a wet cloth and putting it in the dryer with my clothes. I want to carry the Joy with me in every way possible!

Several folks have contacted me  inquiring how and where to purchase the oils. If you’re interested in buying oils please see the post from Day 4: How To Purchase Young Living Essential Oils. You can also reach out to me via email at melanie@yogabirds.com.

In Peace, Health and Scented Bliss,
Melanie Buffett
Wholesale Member #1572095

www.youngliving.com/yogabirds

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I’m just  sharing my experiences! As always, do what you feel is best for yourself and your family.