Pheonix Rising From the Ashes… a metaphor for my own life one month later, A Deep Meditation with Lisa Ware

Phoenix Rising from the Ashes of Fear Alisa ManningPhoenix rising blue

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

I recently recorded a meditation at the studio the first Saturday in August. It was a reading from the book Chakra Meditation by Swami Saradananda. I frequently reference this book in my live meditations then use it as a guide for downloading a live meditation. This particular day the meditation was on the Phoenix. I had never really studied the mythology of the Phoenix, but I use these books as a Oracle, letting Spirit guide me to bring forth what is supposed to and I simple get out of the way and bring it.

Well, this day I brought it. The Phoenix came so alive that I truly felt her power and energy, I felt the marriage of Yin and Yang with the representation of the symbolism of the Phoenix and the Emperor in Chinese lore. I saw the beautiful, giant egg on the pile of smoldering ashes as we faced South, with the cracks of lava gold, orange and we felt the baby Phoenix emerge from the egg and become enormous, graceful and then as she opens her beak, expecting a Shrill squawk, we hear a lovely song, so beautiful, so melodic, so Divine. Then she looks back from the Fire, as her wings become blue, purple, gold and iridescent. Then she flies off into the Sun, becoming burned into the HOPE of our future. I had no idea this Phoenix energy existed so real, and the symbolism became very clear less than a month later.

On September 1, a few weeks after I recorded this meditation, our home burned. The Phoenix rising, literally, in my life, and I had no idea Spirit led me to record this for my Self, to listen to after the fire. Let us Affirm:

I AM the Phoenix, I will rise!

I AM the energy of HOPE, FAITH and POWER!

 

Listen to the Phoenix meditation with Lisa Ware HERE (12:13)

 

Like a Phoenix

 

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The Fire of Transformation Runs Through My Life… Literally

I havent blogged in a while, we are in the middle of a huge transition, our home burned on Labor Day 9/1/14, My Nana’s birthday, she would have been 97. We are all ok. Rich, and my 16 year old boy and 11 year old daughter were home in the daytime. I was at the studio getting ready for the Free Day of Yoga and Stoy called me to tell me the house was on fire.

My teacher trainee graduate Mallory had just randomly popped in and she was able to lock up as I rushed home. I was praying fervently for what to do and heard Spirit say to just post the the house was on fire and for urgent prayer request on Facebook and to tag all my family. I did and arrived to the fire dept from Midlo, Ovilla, Glenn Heights and Desoto.

My son heard the battery backup on the computer beeping like it was off so he looked into the garage and opened the door to a ball of flame. He slammed the door and went to get Aspen out of her room, she grabbed the dogs and in her undies ran to the neighbors and called 911 just like we talked about in an emergency. He then awoke Rich from a nap and Rich went to the garage and got knocked to his knees by the backdraft when he opened the door. He slammed it shut with his foot and ran around back to put the garden hose on it. He kept spraying the fire, but he said it became alive and the he saw ‘The Beast’ as it began rippling into the attic. He knew we would lose the house.

They got the fire out and pulled out Cleo, my sweet cat. I kept the pet mask on her and after the 2nd bottle of O2 me and the neighbor and Aspen ran her to the ICU. She made it! We lost our kitten tho. 

We are in a lease home and will rebuild over the next 6 months.

I will post videos and photos soon.

Love,

Lisa

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Awareness in Judgment

For the last few weeks I have been weighed down by how negatively our judgments can impact our lives and the lives of those around us. And as someone who for many years saw the whole world through very judgmental eyes, I can attest to the fact that judging someone, or even a situation too harshly can only cause pain, anger and a pretty obvious lack of contentment.

It is important here, to mark the difference between judgment, which is meant to cut someone or something down and the ability to discern. For some reason, these two can often be confused or mixed up and this confusion is cause for much turmoil or “excusable” judgment.

The way I see it, judgment is a negative label that we forcibly attach to someone or something in order to justify our anger, resentment or fear towards said person or experience. Discernment on the other hand, is the ability to distinguish and become clear as to which outcome will be more conducive to our development or which relationship or people will be more likely to help us grow and which people or relationships are more likely to lead us further away from the light and positive energy meant to help us heal and grow.

This important distinction has allowed me to practice less judgment and to slowly increase my intuitive powers of discernment so that I may continue to grow, develop and love more fully. I have been able to let go of immediate negative assessments of people and situations and have been slowly becoming more aware, present, loving, patient and kind towards life, those around me and my self.

That being said, I am still human and can often fall back into judgment. This is why it is important to practice awareness, groundedness, compassion and love every moment of every day. It would be so much easier for me to simply move through life judging people and situations as good, bad, ugly and everything in between. In fact, the ease with which one can negatively, forcibly and powerfully assign a judgment onto some one or something is scary. This is, as a matter of fact, exactly the same kind of “ease” that led me to constantly tear people apart (mentally or verbally) simply because I felt that I was either inadequate and less than or above and more than x,y or z.

 This easy judgment is what led me to constant comparison and harsh criticism that hurt me more than I may have realized at the time. So, sure, judging is very easy, but easy, does not mean better and it is certainly not more conducive to a healthy life.

One thing I have come to realize about judgment is that more often than not, what we judge most harshly in other people are things that we are struggling with within our selves. We are able to unconsciously identify a part of our own darkness that for some reason we have not made peace with or grown from in other people. And the lack of growth or the very rejection of this aspect of our beings can lead us to lash out at this inner darkness and force a harsh judgment onto others.

But this is not an easy thing to spot or even accept. So making it a point to practice self-awareness daily can make us suddenly present (aware) of what it is that we are truly fighting when we are judging those around us.

Am I really judging the manner in which that person acted? Or am I judging the reality that a part of me would have done the exact same thing? Am I truly offended that this person is wearing, acting, speaking, being this way? Or am I simply coming face to face with parts of myself that I keep hidden, tucked away and feel shamed by?

The truth is, that more often than not, a part of me that does not like how I have acted, thought or inhabited a point in time in my life will lash out against you when you do, say, act or “be” that very same thing and that is where the aggressive designation of attributes, thoughts, paradigms, etc. will happen. This is where judgment becomes corrosive and where it thrives most powerfully.

Becoming aware of this and making it a point to constantly practice self-awareness can heal and help us stop negative judgment in its tracks. It can also simply make us aware of the fact that we are being judgmental and that we will eventually have to deal with the inner work that accompanies this judgment. But even this miniscule awareness, that ability to observe, “I am being very judgmental about this moment or person right now” can be incredibly powerful and healing in of itself.

If I am able to realize that I am creating and assigning a negatively forceful designation onto someone or something (in other words, being judgmental) is just the first step to healing, releasing or simply nudging whatever little darkness has been keeping me stuck or preventing my growth for so long.

I do want to note that another reason we make such harsh judgments of the people and the world around us is that we each have a very particular way of perceiving life itself. And it is through this perception (a perception that is entirely unique and personal to each of us) that we measure, weigh and judge the world around us.

A person who has had tremendously negative or even dangerous and abusive encounters with people who drink, or who are drunks, for example, may in turn repel all situations or people that would resemble that hurtful, negative and subconsciously informative (it is informing the person that alcohol and drunks are and/or act a certain manner) scenario. {*please note this is an example and I am not making any generalizations, as again, we all experience the world in a different manner and have different way in which to cope, heal, live or move on from x,y or z}

So in these particular cases, judgment will mesh a bit with discernment and our very particular viewpoint and inform our paradigm and ideas of what a situation or person are like. – For example, as a kid growing up in Mexico City, I was always taught to be hyperaware of my surroundings and that people do not always have good intentions. I also learned at a very young age not to draw attention to myself so as to not get kidnapped, cat-called, harassed, attacked or robbed (again, this is my personal experience. Sapha learned this; it does not mean all my friends saw the world in the same manner or that all people from Mexico think this way or lived these things) I, therefore, have learned to remain aware, invisible and resentful of any and all attention. So, when I get cat-called (a topic which makes my blood boil and that I will not cover here today) I will immediately become hyperaware of the level of threat that surrounds me and the hatred that has been harbored for many years in response to this act of aggression. I will then judge the situation and person as negative, degrading, dangerous and deplorable. This judgment has been informed by my experiences and perception of life and awareness of it will not change it so much as just remind me where it comes form.

So here we have a few ways in which we make judgments of others and of situations in our lives. The thing about judgment is that it can be harmful and it can stop the growth and healing processes if we are not continuously practicing awareness.

And if we are truthful, judgment is not only easy, but also sweet and rewarding. Because, if I judge someone to be x,y or z, what I am really doing is pretending that I am so much more than them and I am uniquely perfect in ways in which they are not while in reality, everything I have just pointed a finger at in them has been in truth, a billion fingers I have been pointing directly at my own true self.

So take a few moments next time you find yourself making an aggressively forceful label of something or someone in your life to analyze what is truly happening inside your heart, body and soul.

Are you running away from a truth with in? Are you fooling yourself into thinking you are somehow superior or inferior? Are you letting your perspective shape your ideas about the moment and the people around you? Are you letting yourself heal and renew? Or are you pretending you have no clue what darkness you are pointing your many fingers at?

Take a moment, breathe, be open, vulnerable and honest and drop the harmful judgment so that you can heal yourself and share your light more purely with the world and the people around you every day. And remember; be gentle and patient with yourself. You may fall back into judgment sooner than you’d like, but as long as you are fully present and aware, the healing process will follow. It isn’t a perfect art you can master in a second, it is all a practice. “Practice and all is coming.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey to Healing, Major Road Bumps Along the Way #cancersucks

Here are my latest posts, photos coming soon! 5 Chemo treatments down of 5! Only a few more radiations treatments to go for my dad! Completion Friday 8/22!!!

reasons to smile

#cancersucks

7/14 Amazing and wonderful news my friends! My father, Duane, has really great results from Tina Calabrese, our naturopath today! He has been taking Whole Food supplements and made a lifestyle change in eating a little under 3 weeks. A few weeks ago he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and we felt shocked and saddened.
We reached out to Tina, as God sent her into our life. She created an amazing simple plan of tripling his juice plus, adding detox drops and whole food supplements and then testing on the computer for each of the systems (meredians) of the body. 3 weeks ago all of his body work was completely offline and extremely inflamed to a very dangerous level. Today almost all of them are back in the green and in a normal range! Yes, in just a few weeks this change can happen! Food is powerful medicine.
Tomorrow he starts his journey with chemo and radiation and we feel hopeful! Your personal messages, and prayers and positive thoughts are so appreciated.
7/22

Bag o’ games! Trying our best to have fun at chemo. Finally done!!!

7/28

Dearest friends we have really great news today!!! Duane Farrell, my dad, talked to the doctor and the NON HODGKINS IS IN REMISSION!!! 
Now to kick the espohogeal cancer with the remaining 3 chemo and 18 more radiation treatments. The chemo combined with the nutrition plan is working!
Please lift him up in prayer, is working! GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME! Yes!!! I am so happy. I’m crying.

 

7/29

So my dad’s anti inflammatory pantry makeover is finally complete. With one final trip to Kroger we completed a huge listing all of those breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items. Then to prevent him from losing weight we included a list of foods that will get him a lot of calories without compromising or a ton of sugar and crap. He seems to be doing really well! He is on week 3 out of 5 chemo, no hair loss yet!
11/28/ radiation treatments down! Friday will be half way there! Thank you for your prayers. It means so much to us.

8/4

Week 4/5 of chemo with dad, Duane Farrell. Today we played Skip Bo and he won! His mind is a sharp as a tack still. 
Then went for a great meal at Jason’s Deli! He still needs to get more calories in, it’s hard for him when his throat is burning. But he hasn’t lost his hair though! He may be that 1% but doesn’t, we shall see!
He has two weeks left of daily radiation, 8/21 is a ways out when he’s done.
In his words, “Please pray for complete eradication of all the cancer cells!” He wants you to know that your prayers and donations are much appreciated.
Go Fight Win!!!

8/7

Went to see Tina Calabrese the naturepath today with Dad, Duane Farrell, he is doing the work, folks, he is doing the work. He wants to heal. We got to some of the deepest roots of the cause, now time to dig deep and continue to create happiness and a will to live. He has a deep desire to live for his grandchildren, Richard Stoy and the two little ones. He wants to grow in so many ways and is ready to make big changs a little at a time. He is learning what to say when he talks to himself and to be open to the possibility of becoming whole. It has begun. 
Your prayers, kind words, gifts of abundance and friendship mean so so much. Love and light

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Crossroads of Life Mean to Put my Big Girl Panties on and Be a Woman~ My Dad has the Big C

Lisa, Duane and Big TEx

Lisa, Duane and Big Tex


The birth of the USA is coming up this weekend.
This year is a very special year. Some of you may know that the reason I began teaching back in 2007-08 was due to the positive role my mom played in my life. Watching her journey through breast cancer was an amazing journey of hope and inspiration, as she spoke to the crouds of thousands of ‘pink hats’ after the Race for The Cure many years. She succomed to the beating of the body through the rigorous chemo and radiation and surgeries and finally that is what took her life. The Cancer never took her positivity or her impeccable spirit of inspiration to others.  We even did a mowhawk before her hair fell out. 
She always made the doctors laugh.
This is how I began YOGA 4 LOVE, in honor of my mom.

Today, 6 years and 2 months later, I am at a cross-roads of sorts. My father had a diagnosis of esophegeal cancer last week. We are taking a different approach, and he is open to that, especially after seeing how his wife’s body took a toll.


He is looking to me and my sister for advise and support. I met a naturopath at a leadership women’s retreat the day we got the news. Serendipity? Yes. I believe in the placement of people in our lives JUST when we need them.

I put on my big girl panties and my happy face for him. We went to see her and she tested his meredians (energy flows) in all his major systems and discovered that all major systems are inflamed and off line of normal. He doesnt feel bad, but a little winded and in his bowels. She tested with about 6-7 supplements, including Juice Plus fruits, veg, berries, shakes and colon cleanse, liver cleanse and Tumeric. With this therapy his systems will all go totally back online. This cost $433. Next visit is $100. Reorders are $250/month or so. This is do-able! 

We then went grocery shopping, and learned about clean eating and what to add to his Juice Plus Complete shakes. No not dairy milk and bananas. Clean eating for a 75 year old who loves frozen pizzas is a definite challenge. BRING IT ON! He is willing, THANK YOU LORD, so I am all in!


With this supplemental therapy, we are then going to do 5 weekly chemo and 25-30 radiations. The deductibles are $350 next week, then we will find out the rest as we go.
We are asking for your help.
If you would like to donate, just attend the Outdoor Yoga class this weekend July 5, 2014.
If you cannot attend you can donate even $5, or what is comfortable.

Would you like to make a Donation via PayPal on Y4L Charity Yoga page.

I forgot to mention that I am paying for all this, because he would not have agreed to it if he had to pay for it. I am barely in the black making a living as a studio owner. I am reaching out to you for support.

As I wrote this a dear friend and musician had now offered to play the Gong at our Outdoor Yoga class this weekend!

Kenny Kolter is an International Sound Healer and will be bringing his Gong for the morning meditation! So with all this I realize that we never know the outcome, all we know is how to choose to live, day by day. I choose positivity. I choose LIFE!

 

 

Infinite Blessings;
Lisa Ware

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Useful Tips That are Cool and Creative

I found these tips and wanted to share, since they are very cool and creative. (The original source is unknown.)

Keep brown sugar soft by storing with a 3″ piece of a broken terra cotta pot!

 

The simplest way to slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes is to sandwich them between two plastic lids and run a long knife through all of them at once!

 

 

Install a regular coat rack low down the wall to store shoes safely off the floor

 

Organize jewelry on a corkboard for easy access. (I have done this for years, and it is great!)

 

Create a thrifty watering can by puncturing holes in the top of a used gallon jug..

 

Remove pet hair from furniture, rugs and carpet with a squeegee.

 

 

Flip a toaster on its side to make grilled cheese.

 

Water straight from the tap becomes cloudy when frozen. To make ice cubes crystal clear, allow a kettle of boiled water to cool slightly and use this to fill your ice cube trays.

 

Use a large muffin tin to cook stuffed peppers in the oven – it will help keep them upright.

 

To prevent potatoes budding, add an apple in the bag.

 

Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.

 

 

WD40 can be used to remove crayon marks from any surface!

 

 

To tell if eggs are fresh, immerse them in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs will lie on the bottom, while stale eggs will float to the surface.

 

To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt and rub with half a lemon. Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.

 

Use ice-cubes to lift out indentations made by furniture on your carpets.

 

Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base of flowerpots by lining with large coffee filters

 

 

To sharpen scissors, simply cut through sandpaper.

 

Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily: place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass. The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.

 

To prevent your eyes watering while chopping onions, wipe the chopping board with white vinegar (which won’t affect the taste of the onions)

 

Store bed sheets inside their pillowcases for easy storage and access

 

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets into the toilet bowl at night to clean off stubborn stains.

 

 

Use cute cupcake liners to cover drinking glasses in the summer and prevent flies from dropping in it.

 

Use egg boxes to store delicate Christmas tree decorations

 

Use a can opener, it is the simplest way to open those a blister packs.

 

Use a cut potato to easily remove a broken lightbulb

 

Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal – the chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle.

 

 

 

Use a rubber band to rescue a stripped screw

 

Wrap rubber bands around the ends of a coat hanger to prevent dresses from slipping off.

 

Yet another use for drinks can ringpulls! Use to create a hanging loop for picture frames by screwing into the back.

Sources:

Martha Stewart

Blogspot.com for photos

budget101.com

why wait for life blog

stockpilingmoms.com

North Carolina Charm

 

 

 

 

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Why I am a “Love Your Body Warrior”

For decades, people across the world have spent their days fretting over how they look. Many hours have been wasted in front of the mirror while we pinch, pull, twist and mentally chide ourselves for not looking a certain way. This way of thinking is a disease and it has taken over the world.

How many hours a day do we spend thinking about what we would change in our appearance? How much of it do we share with others? How often do we hear ourselves or others say that we would trade bodies or body parts with this person or that? How often do we say these things in front of our kids with out even thinking about the effect our words and actions are having on them? How often do we hate that which in truth is magnificent and perfect just the way it is?

I would love to say that what prompted me to share my experience of healing through yoga came from my personal journey (which I will share a small piece of shortly) and although this is a tremendous influence in the way I approach my practice and the relationship to the self, what actually made me want to create a space for men and women to talk about and begin the healing process, were the powerful words that came out of my 6 year old niece’s mouth one sunny afternoon. “I need to go on a diet. I’m too fat”

Those words were a slap in the face for me. My blood turned to ice and I can still feel the tingling sensation crawling up my spine, as though a monster had crept up behind me and was getting ready to eat me alive.

How did this happen? Where did she even hear these words? How did she come to feel this way at such a young age? Was it me? Was it all the years I spent fighting my own demons? Was it the way I counted calories or deemed food evil or semi-acceptable or even the way I argued I wasn’t hungry and needed to be left alone? But no, that was before her time, wasn’t it? Did I accidentally create a karmic deluge of insecurities that somehow landed on her little soul?

It broke me in half. The idea that after so many years of battling an eating disorder, I would have to somehow help my little niece fight the same battle at an even younger age. And what was worse was the realization that so many people felt this way.

I could see it while shopping at the mall or even waiting in line at the grocery store. I could hear it while watching ridiculous “fashion” TV shows and “reality” TV. I could read about it on magazines and online articles and be inundated with these demons at they gym where I used to teach, where every calorie counts and every second not spent in a perpetual fight with the scale is a moment lost or hated.

The illness had polluted the minds and souls of so many and yet, this sickness was being accepted, ignored, minimized, praised and sometimes worshiped by so many people! How did we get here? How did we allow our shame and fear to destroy all that is important in life? How did we give this demon wings instead of chopping its head off and feeding it to the eternal fires of a cleansed soul?

Many blame the media, some blame men (but there are many demons men have to fight as well, so it would be incorrect to say that this is a female sickness alone) some people chuck it up to pure insecurity and lack of self-love or respect. But I believe it is not as simple as all that. I believe the shame we have built into our insecurities has more to do with a lack of self-awareness and presence of mind than anything else.

Because, how could I possibly hate anything about myself if I know that everything about me is a miracle? How can I hate this body part or that when I know that each cell in my body is meant for greatness? How can I hate what I am present with moment to moment? It is impossible. One cannot hate the space one inhabits unless one’s perspective is askew or distorted by a fake reality.

This, in my opinion, is one of the reasons yoga can be such a tremendous tool in healing our hearts, minds and souls. Yoga demands that we remain vulnerable and open to every moment, whether it is intense, painful and challenging or sweet, tender and comfortable.

Yoga asks that we be truthful in every moment and that we take a good look at what life is really like. Yoga is our portal through the looking glass and yoga is the door to our very essence; the way through which we can finally see things as they are and not be pulled in a false direction by an untruthful interpretation of life itself. This is why the yoga sutras state: yogaś-citta-vrtti-nirodhaḥ ||2|| – “yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”

The practice of yoga demands that we be grounded and present moment to moment. This awareness and presence of mind helps us to dissipate or remove the veil that obscures and distorts our perception and it is in this freedom that we posses the ability to shift our perspectives and heal all that needs to be infused with new life.

This may sound foreign to you but I can tell you that as someone who spent years feeling unworthy and less than, this shift in perspective has changed my life in a drastic manner. For years, my internal struggle with weight stemmed from the “story” (the veil) that I was only worth loving if I was thin.

This horrid lie (because it was a lie no matter how much I tried to convince myself that it was a fact of life) stemmed from a desire to be accepted and loved. Which is ridiculous because my entire family loved me and showed me that love every single day. I was just focusing on the wrong things.

I was putting all my attention in the way people treated kids who were thinner than me (thinner kids, in my eyes, were always treated with more respect than I). I was mulling over the words of people who had told me I needed to stop eating this or that because I really needed to start losing weight or the taunts of people who said I was chunky or had big cheeks or a big belly. I was looking at the world around me through the veil of persecution and rejection and I wanted no more of it.

And yet, in spite of the pain and the realization that I was the only chubby kid in ballet or gymnastics (both activities which I quit in part because I felt inadequately over weight and also because I just hated being dainty and delicate in ballet and hated being yelled at in gymnastics) I knew that I was a loving kid who loved to act, sing, read, write, watch old Hollywood movies and to play pretend. I was the kind of kid who loved everyone around me unconditionally and who was also afraid of everything; especially bugs or roller-coaters.

So, I knew who I was and I even loved myself in a way that only a kid can truly love him or her self, but I was still very keenly submerged in the story that fat girls are not truly deserving of love and even though I didn’t know this; this story was corroding my soul.

As the years wore on, I continued to unconsciously build the case around the fat little girl being rejected, bullied and unloved but I didn’t truly understand the “importance” of being thin until one fateful year, when all the family had gathered for Christmas and I fell ill.

This year, I fell pray to 2 different types of salmonella. I remember getting ill and being rushed to the nearest E.R. I was feverish, dehydrated and in a critical state, according to the doctors. I was immediately hospitalized and for a little while kept falling in and out of consciousness.

That whole time is a bit of a blur. I recall the nurse who took care of me being really sweet and patient. I remember the whole family assembled in the room, looking over me and looking concerned. I remember the cold liquid they were pumping into my veins and the fear to sleep because I thought the needles in my arms would come our or cause major damage to my veins and arms.

I remember darkness and cold and also love. Love emanating from my family and their words; words I could not fully comprehend in my stupor. I remember feeling weak and helpless and scared and I remember being told I was going to go home. That was the best Christmas present I had received. I was so excited to be able to go home and see the snow and be with my family that I wanted to bound off the uncomfortable hospital bed and run until my lungs burned but I was too weak and I was no longer that fat little girl.

The shock was almost palpable. My family’s face when I stood up and the way that I felt in my own body – a foreign body – was truly intense and it is something I will never forget. I had been so ill that all my weight had virtually vanished in a matter of hours and days. I was skin and bones and I loved it.

I realize how strange that may sound but I was so thrilled to finally be rid of the “fat girl suit” that I was truly joyful to finally be worthy of love and attention and respect. I was thin! I was thin and I was never going back because this thinness that I was experiencing was too sweet, too intoxicating. We spent the rest of the holidays playing in the snow and enjoying our family time and it is still one of the best memories I have of Christmas.

When the holidays ended and life went back to normal I was both thrilled and a little scared to go back to school. On one hand, I still felt and thought like that little fat girl used to; after all, I was still me. But on the other hand, I wanted to see how people would react to my new skin and the reactions I received left a deep impression in my mind for a very long time.

As soon as I set foot in the school, everyone started to treat me differently. The people who had bullied me were now talking to me and trying to be friendly, the “cool girls” were including me and bringing me into their words a little more and a few of the boys asked me to go steady. My whole world had changed, and in my mind; through my “vrittis” one “fact” became crystal clear; being thin was the most important thing in the world and I must do everything in my power to remain thin forever.

This was my story for years and through this veil of lies, I created a world of strain, self-hatred, vanity, ego and fear for myself. I had become detached from the awareness of who I truly was and I had permitted my stories to run amok and keep me as a slave for many, many years.

Adding to this distorted way of seeing things, I had been told that to model or act I needed to look a certain way and I spent much of my time looking at magazines, TV shows, online articles and a myriad of stimuli constantly bombarding me with the need to look thin and be perfect. I think this is an experience we can all relate to and I believe it is corrosive and dangerous to all of us.

It wasn’t until I began my practice and had a trusted friend literally grab me and hold me in front of a mirror for what seemed like hours, until I could see how beautiful I truly was that I was able to let go and begin my journey to healing and self-love.

I learned that I was precious and worthy of love. I learned that my entire being is a radiant light, worthy of love, kindness, awareness and renewal. I learned that I am perfectly imperfect and that this is exactly the way I need to be. I was able to remove the veil and shift my perspective in order to finally be free from the oppression of that old story I had created.

So what would happen if we were all able to take the “veil” of societal (and self inflicted) expectations regarding appearances off and found a way to see the world as it truly is? What would change? How would we speak to others and to ourselves? What would a conversation sound like between friends, family members and even strangers regarding true beauty?

I firmly believe we can all find our way back home, into our trues selves and we can all heal little by little. But we need to find the courage to be present, open to grace and ready to dramatically shift our perspectives in order for this to happen and I believe yoga is a powerful tool in this search for healing and renewal.

Yoga is the practice of self-seeking. It is a practice that allows each of us to come face to face with who we truly are and it helps us to accept, love and cultivate all of who we are. It takes our apparent “imperfections” and “darkness” and brings them to the forefront so that we may see how lovely, powerful and unique they are. It allows us to be exactly as we are in every moment with out needing to change a single thing about our selves.

Yes, we live in a culture that demands perfection and yes, we have been lied to and oppressed and discriminated against but we are so much more than we realize. We are beings of light and energy filled by the same vibration that generated the universe. We are all the same vibration, the same matter, the same light, the same energy and even the same DNA and we are all perfectly imperfect.

Rejection of the self leads to rejection of life and this can only bring further turmoil and pain into the universe. We need to gently dissipate the veil of judgmental perception that has been affecting our relationship with our selves and the universe in order to see things clearly and yoga helps us to do just that.

So next time you are on your mat, take some time to meditate and be brutally honest with yourself. Be honest about what makes you feel alive and what makes you feel trapped or constricted. Think about the words you use on a daily basis to refer to yourself, your body and your life. Are these words positive, powerful and radiant words? Or are they heavy, negative and murderous words?

Can you take a good look at yourself and either write down or name (speak) every single thing that you love about yourself? Can you keep adding to the list until you realize that every single thing about you is amazing? Can you let go of judgment and surrender to love? Can you shift your perspective and create a new life for yourself? A life where you can see, feel and embody your radiance and vibrational power.

A life where those who surround you can feel free to love and be loved by you, just as you are able to love and be loved. A life where there are no judgments, resentments or shame. A life where you are truly aware, present and open to grace. This is the life we are meant for; this is the life we can embody if we are willing to shed our veil and become grounded and open. This is what yoga helps us achieve.

“Be easy, take your time. You are coming home to yourself.”

“There is nothing more beautiful than a warrior woman standing in her power, courage, and confidence. From this place of strength, she is capable of loving the world in a way that transforms pain into promise…and hell into heaven.”~ Debbie Ford

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” ― C. JoyBell C.

“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.” ― C. JoyBell C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#21daystofeelingfitexpress ~21 Days to Feeling Fit Express Launches Tuesday May 27!

THE OFFICIAL 21 days to feeling fit express structure:

The intention
The movement plan
The meditation prayer plan
The daily challenge
The daily affirmation
The social media group

The accountability

21 Days to Feeling Fit Express

21 Days to Feeling Fit Express

If any of these are what your looking for then you have attracted to this program into your life!

Set your intention and join the movement!

#21daystofeelingfitexpress

@yoga4love

Every BODY is different and some of us need more than others. These individual needs are based on:

  • Stress level
  • Athletic ability
  • Ayurvedic constitution
  • Daily activity level
  • Personal preferences

Intro Meeting:

Tuesday 6:00 PM CDT

Call in at 6:15 PM CDT Tuesday, May 27 to conference in.

559-726-1200

Code 322787

Upcoming Dates:

(see the event page)

  • 5/27~ Intro to the Nutrition Plan and Green Smoothie Party
  • 6/3~ Recipes, Healthy Snacks + Clean Eating Tips
  • 6/10~ Yoga, Zumba and Meditation
  • 6/17~ Lifecoaching Worksheets + Goalsetting
  • 6/24~ Final Meeting and Smoothie Party with After pictures!
Before and After 90 Days to Feeling Fit

Before and After 90 Days to Feeling Fit

The #21daystofeelingfitexpress Nutrition Plan: 
21 days that you can do in phases

Phase 1, 2 or 3. Everytime it gets a little more intense.
The first one is two Complete shakes a day, one clean eating meal off the plan and healthy snacks off the plan.
Stephanie Patterson says” I really like having the options! … start simple and go up.”
By starting simple and repeating what works we see results.

By doing the #21daystofeelingfitexpress over and over, if you decide to do so, could change your life. For instance if we do it 4 times, that would be 84 days plus an optional juice fast!

This program is structured to be extremely doable yet powerful and duplicatible on so many levels:
Mind
Body
Spirit

LET’S DO THIS!

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Yoga 101 Intro to Heated Vinyasa Flow with Sahar starts Sundays 4:15PM in June!

Yoga 101 Intro to Heated Vinyasa Flow with Sahar

Downward Facing Dog at Yoga 4 Love

Sundays beginning in June!

60 minutes

Beginner, All levels, Mixed level- modifications offered to customize your yoga experience.

Gentle Heat is used to access deeper muscle and ligaments and loosen the body, provide detoxification and relaxation. Yoga 101 is a popular class style that allows all body types and fitness levels to enjoy a great yoga class. All poses, or asanas, are demonstrated clearly in several options, so the yogi (or yogini!) may choose what feels best for his or her own body.

This class features instructor personalized modifications for your body type, fitness level and ability. The series will teach standing warrior series, twists, modified back bending and an intro to many other asanas and breath work (pranayama). You will also become familiar with Vinyasa flow and Sun Salutations! The class is at a pace that will feel comfortable, and we spend a little more time discussing alignment and breaking down the pose basics. Breath awareness and relaxation are also a focus in this session.

All classes end with Final Relaxation (Savasana) and stress relief with a wonderful optional aromatherapy.

Login to enroll, click the pink button on the sidebar!

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5 Minutes 4 Positive Change  ~ Yoga, Meditation, Spirituality and Nutrition Plan for a Healthy Lifestyle

So, I’m in the process of writing my first book!

Lisa Ware selfie JP Con

Lisa in downtown Phoenix Arizona April 2014

The title is ’5 Minutes 4 Positive Change
~ Yoga, Meditation, Spirituality and Nutrition Plan for a Healthy Lifestyle!’

 

I started the process of realizing that it is coming through late last year, 2013. It was so clear and so I began to meditate on it. I then shared that I was working on a big project with a women’s circle, but not naming what the project was. In direct confirmation of what I was receiving one of the ladies intuitively stated, ‘Lisa since you began talking I have been seeing a book! ‘
I then shared, ‘Yes I have been getting tons of downloads written straight from Source.’ Some I have already blogged, some I have written in my teacher training manual, many I have recorded as an audio class or meditation.

Since my intention was set last year, I decided to start my book on January 1, 2014. As soon as I began writing it came in so quickly that I was able to immediately download the cover, the front and back cover, the introduction and the title (which was given today straight from Source! … as I spoke the title into my phone for the final draft title for the book, the words came out just slightly different than what I actually said and it was just perfect).
I cannot write by hand fast enough, since the information comes to me so quickly and then I can’t read my writing very well. That’s pretty funny, my always mom said I should have been a physician. So, to remedy this issue, I ordered a Bluetooth that learns your speech when you type.
The next sitting I wrote the entire table of contents!

I paused writing on it until this past weekend when I traveled to Phoenix for a nutrition conference. While at the pool a couple sat down next to me. They started conversing with me and I found out that the man was a multi marathon runner. I asked him what nutritional supplements used while he was running and he shared with me his favorite and the product which was the topic of the conference.

We discussed some different types of information on yoga and spirituality and discussed some books by Dr. Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra. Then he began to share with me that he was a pediatric physician from Canada, and he really enjoyed studying these types of subjects. He inquired more about learning about yoga and running. I’ve been shared with him that I was writing a book. He said he was extremely excited to see it into fruition and started inquiring some details about my book that really helped me to get to clarity on the final book. For instance, he asked me if it was going to have a spiral bound cover so it can lay flat like a manual. I had never thought about that, but I thought that was an awesome idea! I thanked him for helping me clarify some topics and promised him a copy when it comes out.
Later that day, in my room at the hotel, I just randomly opened my laptop with the intention to just quickly edit the contents table and I totally finished creating all the bullet points of information under each chapter! I finished completely effortlessly!

The next day that I was back home from my trip and I took my 11 year old daughter to a birthday party at a local jump house. I saw several friends from our community and began randomly chatting. In addition to making some great contacts about nutrition and yoga, one of the ladies there was a published author of children’s books. I know her very well so I ask her some questions and shared with her my intention of my book. She says she’s extremely excited and got goosebumps! She is researching publishers and also sharing with me some referrals!

Then, as a thought came into my mind I used my voice text and stated the title when I looked at it then somehow Source totally added an additional word which change the connotation of the whole title and I knew this was it exactly!
So here I am sharing it!

I ask you to hold the completion of this project to its finest fruition in your heart.

The amazing full moon total eclipse happened the next night. My hubby Richard and I woke up to watch it. The sight was really impressive. The moon turned a lovely shade of orange!
The next day I taught a few yoga classes and set the theme around bringing awareness to the shadowy areas of our lives thst we want to illuminate with the light of the full moon. Setting the intention to let go of shadow in our lives in the form of bad habits, negative self talk,  relationships that no longer serve our highest good and changing those parts of our personalty that are just not or favorite parts of our self.
When we shine the light of the full moon on it those areas of our life they will never live in the shadows anymore. With awareness we are able to bring darkness into Light and learn the lessons so we can move on!  How freeing! What a blessing!

With that intention is time for me to let the world know that I have gifts to share beyond my wildest measure. Yes, me.

I claim this responsibility to download this information and bring it through. I am obedient to the Greater Good and highest intention. I’m letting go of the outcome.

Here we go!

 

Signed,
Lisa Lynne Ware, ERYT
Reiki Master Teacher
Best Selling Author

and so it is. AHO!

 

 

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Journey Thru Chakras 5 Throat Workshop and Meditation

“Every time we open our mouths to speak or sing we are affecting ourselves and the people hearing us. By opening up your voice to its greatest possibilities, you will experience positive changes both physically and emotionally. Change the way you sound and enjoy the success it will bring to you.”
- Roger Love

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Top 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds + Vegan Chia Pudding

This recipe is super yummy! It is so easy!

You can even add a half or an ounce of chis seeds to your water bottle. This will make you feel fuller and sustain you with the electrolytes for high endurance activities such as running!
Vegan Chia Pudding

 

  • 1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 2/14 Cups of milk of choice (I combined almond milk unsweetened with vanilla coconut milk)
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 1/16- 1/8 t pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 T Agave Nectar or to taste

Whisk chia seeds and non daily milk and place in a bowl in refrigerator overnight. In the morning stir well and add vanilla, dash of salt and agave. Serve with berries.

Vegan Chia Pudding ingredients

~Top 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds~

Here are the Top 10 reasons to add chia seeds to your life:

1. Fight Diabetes

Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes . It has the ability to slow down digestion. There is a gelatinous coating around chia seeds that develops when exposed to liquid. This can also prevent blood sugar spikes.

2. A Way to Eat More Fiber

1 ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fiber. Consider adding chia to your life is an easy way to get fiber. Fiber is important for digestive health.

3. Get tons of Omega-3′s

Chia seeds have tons of omega-3 fatty acids, almost 5 grams in a 1 ounce serving, and these fats are very important for brain health. Researcher Wayne Coates states,

(chis seed is a) “…better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than with flax seed.”

4. Your dentist will be happy! Get stronger Teeth And Bones

One ounce has 18% of the RDA for calcium. Calcium is important for maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis.

5. Manganese, what is that?

Manganese is important for our health, one ounce of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 % RDA of this mineral! Manganese is essential for our bones, it also helps our bodies use biotin and thiamin.

6. Get your Phosphorus on!

Chia has 27% RDA for phosphorus and helps maintain bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also important to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.

7. Pack In The Protein, yep that is Right! Full protein from a tiny seed!

Chia seeds are definitely a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. And chiaseeds don’t have any cholesterol. One ounce serving of these amazing super seeds has 4.7 Grams of Protein!

 

According to BodyBuilding.com:

“In either case, chia was a staple crop among both ancient civilizations. The Aztecs reportedly prized it even more highly than the Mayans, using chia as medicine, offering it to the gods during rituals, and demanding it as annual tribute from conquered tribes. One refrain you’ll see repeated often by chia advocates is that the Aztecs considered it ‘more valuable than gold’.

The word Chia comes from either the Mayan word chiabaan, for ‘strengthening’, or the Aztec word chian, for ‘oily’.

Chia’s nutritional profile is undeniably broad and impressive. A standard 2 tbsp (24 g) serving of chia seeds contains:

  • Calories: 117
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fat: 7.4 grams
  • Fiber: 8.3 grams
  • It contains all eight essential amino acids and a host of trace minerals and micronutrients. To put it in easy comparative terms, each 2 tbsp serving of chia offers:
  • Five times the omega-3 content of a 1/4-cup serving of walnuts
  • Twice the iron and magnesium of a cup of spinach
  • As much calcium as a half-cup of milk
  • As much potassium as a third of a banana
  • More than twice the fiber of a cup of oatmeal”

 

8. Fight That Spare Tire!

Chia stabilizes blood sugar and also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. Resistance to insulin can also be harmful for your overall health in many ways.

9. Feel Fuller Faster

Tryptophan, an amino acid, is found in chia seeds. Tryptophan is responsible for helping regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood. It also triggers that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner because it is present in turkey meat.

10. Love our Hearts

According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. Yea!

Sources:

The Huffington Post Canada

Bodybuilding.com

Cleveland Clinic

Live Strong

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Lisa Ware is the Founder of Yoga4Love. She is continually finding a way to create oneness and bring cOMmunity together to the enrich the greater good of the planet. She is a nature girl at heart, originally from Colorado, truly a mountain and ocean lover. Lisa is greatly motivated by the role model of her mother’s positivity through breast cancer. She is an E-RYT 200 with thousands of hours teaching Vinyasa Flow. She loves facilitating a space for healing, transformation and connection. For fun you can find her hanging outdoors, meditating, playing with her dogs and kids, doing Acro yoga with her hubby, blogging, and tending to their organic garden. Read More...