Are you kicking ass?

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Below is a blog I wrote from April, 2014! It is by far one of my favorites! As I have grown the past year, I reflect on my writing specifically. I look back over my blog and see the growth, as a writer, that I have done. Some were small steps, some were ginormous. With each step YOU and I take, comes progression, movement and evolvement. Therefore, no matter the size of the step, YOU and I will expand, develop and cultivate our own yellow brick roads.

I wrote last week in A Great Resolve about setting your resolution to make 2015 GREAT! Do not merely hope for the best, waiting for 2015 to bring it to you! Expect Greatness by creating it.

I mentioned this definition in A Great Resolve as well: “resolution” can be defined as: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. :the act of resolving something.”

IMG_0606By awareness of this definition, I realized something this week. Sometimes the answer comes from hind sight. The word resolution, as defined through, say, A New Year’s Resolution, is setting something for the future. The above definition suggests, to me, more of discovering an answer through experiences of the past. Yesterday was the past. One second ago was the past. What did you learn?

I will set out this year to continue to Expect Greatness by being Perfectly Rebecca. As well, I will utilize my past lessons to hear the voice inside guiding me to where I am to be! In Look What I Found, I explain the depths of lessons I found while traveling through Bali. This is my bliss: Traveling, writing and teaching. If You Build It explains the beauty of living by your dreams, YOUR BLISS! What is your BLISS? What wakes you up at night with a passion in your gut?

IMG_0676Anyways, I send you off with the beautiful riff below. I am in the midst of some major transitions in my life. I look forward to sharing with you all as they unfold. Please take a moment to read How To Kick Ass In One Easy Step.

 

Well, that is, if you want to KICK ASS!! Do you?

 

How to Kick Ass in One Easy Step

I am sitting in a Starbucks on Sunset BLVD this am. To get here, I had to weave around the detour for a race happening on Hollywood BLVD. Apropos for today’s blog…

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On your marks…Get set…GO!!!!

First thing that we encounter as we leave our mother’s body? Breath. Last thing we experience as we take off to our next space? Breath. And every moment in between? Breath.

But we must also believe in it’s power to support our goals and dreams. What I mean is this: Look at your breath as your building block. You want to increase your pace, speed or endurance in exercise, practice focusing on your breath. You want to decrease anxiety or stress levels, practice. You want to be more attentive in your meditation practice and enjoy deeper thoughts, practice connecting to your vitality, your breath. Like the one listed below… 🙂

Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey:

“If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is “God is crying.” And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is “Probably because of something you did.”

Step one: Breathe with intention.

What is intention? One view of intention: higher consciousness thought. When you hold an intention you actually call forth your conscious awareness at a present level.That is it. We, as humans, as spiritual beings, have the ability to find our present moment, our presence, in a breath. We have the POWER to calm our nerves through a breath. We have the ability to increase our heart rate at a pace that our breath can assist in reaching. We have the design to expand lung capacity and maintain a steady heart rate by…breathing.

Let’s try it together: (Come on. Just do it.) Inhale through your nose to a count of 10, or 11 or 50 for heavens sake…just pick a slow paced inhale… slowly, as slow as you possibly can. NOW STOP. Before you exhale, which we normally do quite quickly from this point, become exquisitely aware and now…exhale…AS slowly and consciously as you inhaled. Get grounded again before you inhale…now consciously inhale again, SLOWLY. Maybe give your breath a color. Visualize this colored air oxygenating your body from the base of your spine, up through each vertebrae, filling your lungs, enlarging your rib cage…this vibrant breath swirling around your heart space and moving up into your skull and swirling around that beautiful brain of yours…and out the crown of your head. Wow. Did you see that?

Someone once shared with me how he meditates and I really appreciated it (Thank you LS): As you exhale, visualize yourself squishing down to the smallest molecular form of you, like you were a speck of dust, a particle of sand, an electron, an atom, a quark! (yes, look that one up). Then as you inhale, imagine yourself expanding to a ginormous form of YOU. Like you could engulf all of Texas with your amazing mass. NOW HOLD IT. And consciously exhale as you transform this immensely sized being into the smallest, tiniest form of YOU. Breath in…lungs expand, oxygen increasing the expansiveness WE formulated with those moments that WE created. You did. You created that moment of intention of YOUR breath.

Do we have to focus on our breath? No. See, your ANS-Autonomic Nervous System- will continue to breath FOR you. Most ANS mechanisms are involuntary. The ANS acts as a “control system” that functions below the level of consciousness even. Beautifully and intricately formed in our being, the ANS assists us when we are unaware of our design. Thank you ANS! Sometimes I forget to breath…and am able to simply allow this visceral function to be. We can bring precision to this valuable force by utilizing our focus.

Spirituality of Breath: In most, dare I say all, traditions, spirit means breath. The spirit in us and the spirit through us is breath. Do you believe that you have the power to connect with your spirit through your breath? Again, maybe try that exercise a few more times really focusing on your spirit, god, God, whatever connects your spiritually to you. Pray as you practice this breath. Meditate as you breath with awareness. And gratitude. Let us be grateful for this tool in our belt.

PranaYAMA is prana-YUMMY!

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning: extension of the prana or breath. Or extension of the life force. Breath equals life force. Therefore, that kick ass step I was selling you on in my title: Breath is life force. Breath is energy. Breath is our life. Breath is the key to awareness, presence and adaptation even to stress, yes? Breath is our fuel. (And a little plug for Yoga. Sometimes the only place in this world I can be present is on my mat…while I am focusing on the breath that centers my practice.)

I included a picture of myself from the 5k I ran last Sunday. Just a little 3.10686 mile run along the coast…I was inspired to riff about breath because of this race. The reason I crossed the finish line was because of my breath. My breath fueled me, increased my pace when needed and slowed my stride, too. My breath was with me the entire way. As well, breath is what linked me to the other stars racing that day. We all have breath, we all have life while we are still breathing, and this connects us as humans. From the beginning to the end. From the start to the finish line. This race…this pace. I’m ready to execute. Are you?

Our bodies, designed in greatness, will always hold our breath…so you don’t have to. Let it flow. 

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Step two: THERE AIN’T NO STEP TWO. Just breath 🙂

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A Great Resolve

“All great achievements require time.” Maya Angelou

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I mean, lets be honest. We ALL know what A “New Years Resolution” is. Right? Remember the resolution you wrote out on a post-it note on December 31st? And we have all set out January 1st with these amazing goals. 24-Hour-Fitness is hopping the first two weeks of January. Stocks rise at every gym across America and cigarette stocks take a dive. Within weeks the flippity-flop happens and we are smoking again and not working out. What will it take for YOU to remain the course?

IMG_0586A “resolution” whether January 1, or May 11, is nothing more than a commitment to yourself.  A commitment to CREATE the life you want by taking small steps and inquiring into what will get you there. A great commitment it is. I am not demeaning New Years Resolutions! Any way to get you where you want to go is commendable! As well, the new year seems to have a feel of a new starting point. Out with the old, in with the new! So, what are you throwing out? What stains are you removing to create space and flow for the infancy of a new life?

First, I pose this question: How does it feel to be a scientist? A Chef? A creator? A mother? A father? You are the ultimate creator of an amazing 2015. What are you thinking 2015 is going to bring into your life? Nothing, I say. Because, like I mentioned in Expecting Greatness, I want you to think of what YOU are going to create and expect in 2015!

Now that you are in the know that YOU are the mad scientist behind the petrie dish of 2015, tell me what your dreams are.  Does your post-it note include:

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1.Lose Weight

2.Quit Smoking

3.Go to church

4.Get a better job

5.Travel 

6.Save Money

 

These are all very common ones…with good reason.  So, today, lets look at these resolutions a little differently, shall we? Will you join me? Can you look at resolutions from a different frame of mind?

By definition, according to Webster, a “resolution” can be defined as:

the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.

:the act of resolving something.

IMG_4618YEW! I like that! Therefore, if we looked at a NEW YOU, one that IS DEFINITELY Expecting Greatness in 2015 my second query becomes:

“What are you going to resolve in 2015?”

Resolution is the act or process of resolving. The act of answering, determining and making something outrageously complex become simpler. SO, if you want to quit smoking, get out of a crappy relationship, or find a job that satisfies you…what plan will YOU create to resolve this energy of, shall I say, discontentment? What will you commit to do today that will assist you in finding your resolution to the dream you have? Or solving the conflict within? Or finding the answer to the part of your life that is bringing you discomfort?

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1. BELIEVE!  YOU have got to! YOU HAVE GOT TO BELIEVE in yourself.

“80 percent of success is due to psychology—mindset, beliefs, and emotions—and only 20 percent is due to strategy—the specific steps needed to accomplish a result”– Tony Robbins

2. EXERCISE! I will expand on the benefits of attaining our goals thru exercise next week! And I am not speaking of the benefits to your physical body.

“The real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at its best…building muscle and conditioning the heart and lungs are essentially side effects!” (Excerpt from the best book I have read in a while: Spark read it!)

3. Utilize Your Resources (friends, mentor, therapist, coach)

IMG_0724To make a picture clearer (in a complete “I only use my iPhone for photos” type of explanation) you need higher resolution. Zooming in only makes the image more blurry. Right RC? So, what do you do? You improve its LOW RESOLUTION!  Take the low resolution of 2014 and improve it’s quality to make it a deliberately created masterpiece. ZOOM in on all YOU desire 2015 to be. I am with you.

I believe in your gifts. Do you? From a boxer, to a comedian. From the waitress to the student. The Marine to the Police Officer. The Sales Rep to the Barista. We all have a voice inside us asking for a higher quality photo of our lives. This is your canvas! How are you going to paint it?

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Tomorrow is still the first day of a 365 page book that you are writing….

Yes, it is January 11, not January 1st. That is ok. Flow here, Still Playin’ With it Readers. Allow yourself to create something radical today: 1.11.15.
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In deepest love and admiration: Happy 2015! I am so proud of YOU!

Love, Peace and Clarity,

Rebecca

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

EXPECT GREATNESS in 2015!

 

What are YOU going to bring to your life in 2015?

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NOT, what is 2015 going to bring YOU?!!

Expect and Embrace all that this year will bring!

Enjoy this short little Still Playin’ With It video…and accept the CHALLENGE!!

In Love and Expectation,

YOUR STILL PLAYIN’ WITH IT GURU…

Rebecca 🙂