Posts Tagged ‘Brandt Every’

What Do I Do?

What do I do? An important question for this holiday-influenced, schedule-shifting, darkest-time-of-the-year month. Let’s ask ourselves what is possible. Not in our unrealistic-fantasy-driven mind. Not in our self-loathing-body-hating mind. Not in our uninspired-spirit-beaten-down mind. Not these – but instead in our open, positive, reality-centered parts of our self.

There are so many obstacles but if we find our breath – let go of our expectations – and ask ourselves this question, the answer is available. What can we do this holiday season to take care of ourselves? What will leave us most centered? What will allow us to feel calm and energized as we navigate the next few weeks? Ask yourself and receive the answer. It could be anything. Keeping your practice through the holidays. Taking a few moments for yourself while visiting with family. Allowing yourself to eat your holiday meals with gratitude and pleasure.

If we take a moment to ask – our answer will come

So this season do what you can do. Whether the answer is big or small – one thing or a handful of things – if you listen you will wake up on new years day with more clarity, energy, and a momentum that has already begun.

May we all listen to and move with our best selves.

Namaste,

Brandt

Every year I recommend a charity. This year I’ve picked The Northampton Survival Center, an emergency food pantry and referral service for Hampshire County that strives to improve the quality of life for low-income individuals and families by providing food and other resources with dignity and respect.

Click survival center to make a donation.

Finding Our Natural Bliss

It’s dark! I’m writing this in New England and it feels like the middle of the night. It’s 9pm.

The shortest day has come and gone and now we can look forward to more light. Each day we get a few more minutes and just when we think we can’t take the cold and the dark anymore, it will be Spring. Of course we know this – it happens every year – but it still feels like winter is a permanent state. And every year during this time, I can’t really remember what summer is like.

Our weight loss process is a bit like this. Every day we move around – plan meals – try to eat more whole foods – meditate – step on the scale – quit – re-up our commitment – go to yoga class – weigh ourselves again – wonder why we did that – eat a healthy breakfast. And in any given small time frame – a day, a week, a month even – it can seem pointless. We aren’t where we want to be. It’s cold and dark and frustrating.

Then, of course, we have the option of taking the larger view. In the shorter days of winter I try to take a walk even if its brief while the sun is up. I get up earlier and go to bed earlier. I enjoy the day and in exchange my body and mind are happier and healthier. I accept the present and things feel better.

As we plan and enjoy our meals, do our yoga practice and find the present, we notice that eating well and breathing are really fantastic experiences that feel great. And if we keep our awareness here we find it easier to sustain. Then we wake up and it’s spring again. There is so much less effort to do what is good for us because it’s coming naturally.

Yoga is the noticing of our natural bliss.

May you find your bliss this holiday season.

With deep love and respect for you and yours,

Brandt

Every year I recommend a charity. This year I’ve picked The Northampton Survival Center, an emergency food pantry and referral service for Hampshire County that strives to improve the quality of life for low-income individuals and families by providing food and other resources with dignity and respect.

You are Doing Enough

Every year around the holidays the thoughts creep in. “I am not doing enough”. “I need to lose weight”. “I need to excersise more”. “I’m not practicing the way I should be”. I hear this pressure in my own thoughts as well as my clients. Maybe it is the business of the season, or the fact that the year is ending and we have things that we wish we had accomplished. These thoughts can be as regular as the turning of the year and the ball dropping in times square.

This year we have the opportunity to relate to them in a different way. Understand that you are doing enough. The fact that you are participating in this process says something. Most of us are doing things differently than we did last year. Maybe you took up a yoga practice. Maybe now you are eating regularly. Are eating foods that have been absent in your life for years? Or you’re drinking less? Or walking more? Have you just read my book? Are you reading uplifting newsletters? What are you doing differently than you were before? You are doing enough and you will continue to grow and change as 2010 unfolds. So enjoy the holidays – celebrate what has shifted this year (no matter how small it may seem) and know that there will be plenty of time to continue to create your life in the way you desire it to be.

May we all experience peace and joy – love and light.
Brandt

Every year I recommend a charity. This year I’ve picked The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Your donation will support The Food Bank’s work to provide meals to those in need of food assistance, and help to ensure that everyone in the community has access to healthy, affordable food. Your gift makes a difference. For each $1 donated to The Food Bank, they are able to provide $9 worth of food to households in need.

Click here to make a donation: http://www.foodbankwma.org/

If you have the resources please give a couple bucks to this or another organization that feeds people in need.
Loka samasta sukino bhavantu
(May all beings find peace and happiness)