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Mastering the art of SLOW – it’s a little harder than it looks

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LEARNING TO MASTER THE ART OF SLOW… and how it has profound ramifications on my productivity

What on earth do you mean I’m going to hang out at the beach and in taverna’s all day? Are you mad? Order one coffee and chill for 3 hours using high speed Wi-Fi?

IS THIS what people do on Greek islands?

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I’m going to seriously have to LET GO and de-clutter my schedule, brain and expectations of a usually fast- paced life. It is never that easy for me to voluntarily slow down. Usually it’s because I’m a little stressed about running my own business, taking best care of clients, a little too close to burn out for my liking as I don’t always know how to say NO or have overdone it at some level, maybe feeling mentally or physically tired and only then do I KNOW I need to rest and recuperate. Can you relate? Or I go extremely intense and do a mammoth yet very healthy 7-day juice detox to reset my button. I find a way – one that usually works 80-90 % of the time. I take my own advice as often as possible (otherwise what’s the point of offering it to you?).  I definitely DO take plenty of play time and fun time and relationship time, but I still tend to veer towards the working hard syndrome, and can work 8 hours a day at my computer – working online, writing, creating talks or running groups. I pretend to myself I am cracking “it” and just working 4-hour days but I don’t think it’s honestly true all the time. The joys of self-delusion you know?

I totally fantasize about the concept of leveraging and smartening up my productivity, and have definitely improved at least 250% in the past 5 years compared to the last 43 years of my life and so in certain aspects I even feel like I am getting it right. I just know my predominant trap is to keep going back to my default of PUSHY PUSHIER PUSHIEST zone. This is one of the 5 GLITCHES I speak about in my second book – DITCH YOUR GLITCH.

So, just like you, I am most definitely a work in progress, evolving and making better choices as often as feels possible. Can you relate to that – a STEP by STEP journey?

The art of SLOW is particularly onerous for me to just “drop” into. I know full well the benefits, both short and long term and even meditate regularly and write morning pages, but before long I’ll usually be dashing off to do something with someone, somewhere, for work or play. Now if I want to DASH in Greece it is by foot or bicycle! I am being forced into the art of SLOW and I am stuck with my island choice and me for a month. Sounds like bliss, and it surely IS, and yet it also has its challenges for Ms. Quick here. So my quest is to see if slowing down will actually add to my productivity?

Do you ever battle with slowing down, surrendering and BE-ing?

A few years back when I went through a re-branding exercise of my business and started looking at how my energy most loves showing up in this world and the best way I find myself helping other people. Why do people seek me out and for what kind of support and help? Whilst I have many clients that have been through a long, deep, slow process with me, more often than not I do shorter zaps of intervention on specific aspects of life, a whole life makeover or a home de-clutter. But it’s usually more of the #quickshift “in and out”. Hence the QUICK SHIFT DEVA (this latter word means shining light). It’s about how do I best support YOU to shine YOUR light, let go of clutter and STEP UP in your world? And let’s not waste too much time getting to the point. Let’s focus on RESULTS.

Yes, yes! I know –  I speak fast, eat fast, enneagram fast, dance fast, laugh fast, learn fast and move fast. It’s also precisely why I do Yoga where I have to stand STILL and on ONE leg to encourage me to engage and be mindfully present.

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I also like to change fast, move homes fast and don’t muck about too much.

And yes, it comes to bite me on the butt and then time DOES demand that I somehow come to a total standstill and halt. I believe it is not healthy to attempt to CHANGE one’s inherent nature, our natural born talents, strengths and essence and in fact it goes against every cell in my body. I also know, as per everything in DITCH YOUR GLITCH, that your very point of power can also be your very same point of undoing. So I believe we have to muster up a massive sense of irony, humour, honesty and learn when to temper aspects of ourselves at certain times to prevent burnout, to save face, to restore vitality or to up the ante. I know that we are NOT called on to remain EXACTLY THE SAME day in and day out. Life is an ebb and flow. Just like the sea I’m listening to as it laps gently at my feet.

So here I am – on the 3rd largest island in Greece, called Lesvos. On the west coast in a wee fishing village called Skala Eressos. It is famous as the birthplace of the famous poet and teacher Sappho, and as such is very popular with women travellers seeking inspiration and connection from around the world. I am here because of a work colleague, Sarah –  I invited her to come and add her very special expertise and magic to my “book writing” mastermind groups in 2015, and we are now on our 3rd group together – and this is where she just happens to live.

It’s often so simple as to why we land up where we do. Why are YOU where you are today?

I was coming to the island to co-run our WRITE YOUR BOOK retreat at the end of June, and then got a call to do some work in Romania a month before. No why on earth would I travel “back” to the southern hemisphere instead of coming to chill on this island for 3 weeks before the retreat starts? So I find myself here for a total of 4 weeks, adjusting to island life. I am adjusting QUICKER than I thought possible!

Ha ha you get the irony right? Adjusting to SLOW, FAST!

I thought I would really battle for the whole month and here I am on day 4, surprisingly IN the rhythm with a little coaxing. Most locals wake up for a coffee MAYBE at 8, MAYBE, with breakfast at about 11 ish – which could be a small cookie type thing x21eat some brunch at about 2pm, rest late afternoon then stay out every night till at least midnight. The taverna’s come to life at night -well so I am told as I’ve been back on my little farm cottage before it gets dark – still getting the hang of cycling on dirt roads – have already fallen once and am not in ‘party’ mode and I’m in bed by 9 pm as soon as it gets dark. Whoaaaa living the high life hey. So I’m not quite on the local rhythm zone, but I’m on my own very, very slow and mindful version.

I wake at 5am, letting the light stream into my room, chatting to the cute black kitty that visits me every morning, mewing for some milk, then cycle from my farmland cottage along dirt roads to the village in swimming costume and summer dress hiked up around my thighs as I’m on a “boy” bike with the straight bar across the top (VERY elegant). I meander along to the wee fishing harbour – turquoise and azure blue and there is usually NO-ONE else around so it’s my favourite time of solitude and contemplation. That has always been how I have found a little dose of SLOW my entire life – pockets of time before all hell breaks loose in my day and other people come alive.

Do YOU have pockets of slow? No matter how short?

Then I usually have a little wander around, take pictures, watch the fishermen, and reflect on the day past and to come and of course always start to ponder the bigger picture of “stuff” I’m working on for my business. With an upcoming trip to the USA to launch my speaking and books in the big wide world, I feel my energy leaving the village to the skyscrapers of New York, Boston and Stockbridge. Then I come to my little “spot” – the only open coffee shop where I work for about 3 hours. I can plug my laptop in and access awesome Wi-Fi. This is where I type right now….

At 10.30 every day there is group of intrepid women ROCKERS – we swim out to the big, beautiful rock 400 metres away for a sense of adventure, community and strength building. You can see how far it is in pics below, plus swimmers get a ‘medal” on their first swim. Good way to compensate for all the baklava! My shoulders can tell you how far it is! I have never swum in the sea in this way before – I have been more of a wave swimmer rather than crossing open water. 800 meters there and back of blissful blue!

 

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Small TWEAKS for BIG LEAPS

Can you possibly gift yourself some chill time in the next while? I KNOW your schedule is busy with lots of commitments right now, so maybe it’s a simple long weekend beach holiday and maybe it’s a loooooong bubble bath with a great book and glass of wine?

Or is CLUTTER bogging you down right now? STUFF that’s no longer serving you? Then make sure you come on over to my new facebook page HERE where I will offer you all sorts of tips and advice.

I send you deep waves of blue bliss from Skala Eressos,

Kate  #QUICKSLOWSHIFTDEVA

 

 

The amusement of irony – is it time for a self-weighing suitcase?

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Have you even been so vehemently FOR or AGAINST something that it smacks you in the face? Even just a little bit?

 

Well I sure get that often. I also know that thank goodness I can see the irony and have a massive laugh about it and instantly think … ooooh there’s an interesting blog topic.

 

So – you may know from my last newsletter about my EPIC year ahead- embarking on my MINIMALIST MANIFESTO and being location free. That means simply being wherever I am and working mostly from my trusty Mac. A Mac AIR – see the irony that it’s so LIGHT it wants to travel too. If you missed that post and want to read more and watch my video, click here.

 

In a nutshell I am travelling the world for work, all belongings with me, (3 boxes and a Batisse piece in storage as my only other belongings to be shipped one day – pics in previous post!) in an aim to really take my notion and love of living clutter free, light and joyously to the N’th degree.

 

I’m working on the concept of 10X  living lighter for 10x  living larger

 

So I gallivant off to the UK to surprise my mom – whilst chilling out with her is always divine, this trip is actually to unleash my work on HER this time. I surprise her at King’s Cross station, having snuck into Heathrow unbeknownst to her, am booked on the same train up North as her with the sleuth-like help of my brother and watcher face as she walks out the lift – I announce “I’m here for a month and we are doing your house!”

 

We need to de-clutter her ready for downsizing when she moves later in 2016. I know the irony again right – she would sell and move in my busiest work period and I wouldn’t be able to come and assist her and then I’d feel super “kak” (for my overseas subscribers it’s a delightful South African word for feeling horrible/ guilty/SH%% all at once) at not being able to slip in a trip to support her big move. Well small move seeing as she’s downsizing!

For a laugh, we found pics of course – this is me at about 4 – already bossy with hand on hip, and then me at about 20, probably squirelling biscuits in my cheeks  at the height of my bulimic GLITCH I speak about in my second book DITCH YOUR GLITCH.

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So, I had a clear month in my diary because possible trips to Goa and the USA both got postponed as things weren’t lining up and I also did not need to be IN any specific place for 30 days. Which to be clear, this doesn’t mean “holiday”, it means I’m totally location free and devoid of face to face engagements for talks, workshops etc. It means time for working on my online business, looking after my writing mastermind group and doing my own writing etc. and then of course MUM’s HOUSE! You know, I just thought I’d be clear before you get green with envy, spitting into your morning coffee thinking that I’m swanning around the planet doing nothing. Pretending to LIVE LIGHT LIVE LARGE.

I’ll definitely let you know when I’m doing THAT.

Let’s go back a month…upon departing at OR TAMBO I was SO chuffed to have my baggage weigh-in at EXACTLY 21.3 kg’s. Happy dance at check in. Ok, to be honest they thankfully never weigh my hand luggage as that is always filled with some books to both read and my own for marketing purposes.

A month later, mum’s house has experienced a tornado called Kate whilst there is STORM KATIE in the UK – irony yet again which made me shriek with laughter when we saw the name of the storm – but not laugh at the terrible updates of devastation it caused. I have also sold some DVDs, offloaded books, given small gifts and only gathered some small things as gifts to me from family. And then there is a pot of special BETTY’S JAM for my man. That could be another entire post.

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To be fair to my brain trying to understand this, on travel day I do land up wearing different clothing to that which I flew to the UK in, so heck, maybe my shoes in the case are heavier after all, but to be honest I was WAY more concerned about my own excess baggage after drinking copious wine and scrummy food all month as we reveled in each day’s work we accomplished. But after packing my case ready to depart, I also thought, darn this feels heavier. Yes, yes – I don’t have one of those fancy schmancy self-weighing suitcases yet.

YET!

So thank heavens for dear friends – Not sure if you remember a few years ago an old dear school friend “B” had tracked me down on Fb and then flew me to the UK to de-clutter his entire house and look for a “court required” check worth a gazillion pounds – well the same fella is meeting me at Heathrow for a coffee and a cuddle. We walk me over the check in to get rid of one bag….

I’ll prefer not to say which airline – as dear “N” who checked me in will get into trouble! On goes my wild-coloured suitcase (pics in blog post here) and ……25.5 KG!

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Oops she says it’s overweight. We’ll have to weigh your hand luggage. Now to be fair I have a laptop bag as well which has about 4 KGs of stuff. But my HAND luggage felt as light as a feather compared to what it HAD been on earlier trips this year.

Eeeck 10 kg’s

Not doing too well here am I? Miss clutter free Katie?

So N says, it’s fine, just take a bit of stuff like books or shoes out hand luggage and pop into big suitcase and then you can pay for excess heavy luggage.

I’m mortified. The ONLY time I have ever paid for excess luggage since my first trip to Kuruman on my own at age 8, is when travelling with kitty kats, or boxes of books for functions. But NEVER for my own personal belongings.

I’m fast realizing at check-in that perhaps every time I do fly I’ve got at least 12 kg’s in hand luggage. I’m seriously mortified, embarrassed and start grumbling over my words

I can’t believe this

I’ve never been over weight before – In luggage that is!

THIS IS WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING – looking up at her then I start laughing!!!! I am moving 2 books and one shoe into suitcase and at that moment my dear friend B says- “show her your book” as I’m about to zip shut my life to go off down the conveyor belt

Me: Shut up what are you talking about

N: Yes she says, show me your book, show me your book, what do you do?

B: SHOW HER YOUR BOOK!

Back and forth we go…

Me: I organize and live light

B: Show her your book

N: Yes PLEASE show me your book

Me: This is a cool blog post to share how poor I am at living light

 

Sheepishly I haul out CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER and hand it to her

B: SIGN IT FOR HER!

Me: Yes I’ll give it to her- keep my weight down!

N: squeals and says you are my hero, I LOVE being organized.

ME: Yes it’s all other stuff too like body and emotional.

B: LAUGHING

N: Yes she squeals when I’m stressed I clear out.

Me thinking: Girl after my own heart and I ask her name and sign her the book.

Coming from SA you know this is sounding a lot like bribery right – I just wanted to pay my excess, see my suitcase go off to never land for the night, pay my fine make B buy me coffee so could go to duty free to buy more stuff for gifts!

She pops my suitcase back on the belt, quickly adds a heavy tag and whisks it off to happy Heathrow behind-the-scenes-land.

 

ME NO PAY!

 

N: Hands me a piece of paper and says – send me the link to your blog post when it’s done.

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I walked away laughing and feeling totally ironic and sheepish as I’m clearly carrying way to much stuff on my MINIMALIST MANIFESTO.

So another clear out due before my next trip.

How much EXCESS BAGGAGE DO YOU HAVE?

After that long ramble – where can YOU see the delight of irony in your life? I know all too often we get ‘peed off’ when things go against what we say. I always prefer to ATTEMPT to see the hilarious side. I guess that’s what my favourite comedian Billy Connelly does – every day life through his wacky lense!

Wishing you an awesome LIGHT day

 

PS: I’m seriously going global. My books are currently being internationally published under the KEYS PRESS in the USA – so for those of you outside of South Africa, you can grab CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER here. In SA you can grab it here

 

 

The Minimalist Manifesto

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Hello everyone, today’s Blog also has a V-Log which means a short video done made in my Beloved Barrydale where my heart SINGS with glee. Just to share what wonderful projects I’m up to this year to 10 X my own life, business and message to help YOU shift YOUR life. I have been put on notice to blog and video more often from now on, as my two books CLEAR YOUR CLUTTER and DITCH YOUR GLITCH are about to be published internationally and I need to stay way more connected with all of you.  You are going to want to follow this journey as I find what stuff people store and hoard in different countries, the types of clutter, how people live, what their glitches are etc. Make sure you subscribe to my Blog on the feed on this page. I’ll update you as I go along…

Watch the video and then keep reading…

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Here is the HONEST pic of what I’m travelling with as I LIVE LIGHT LIVE LARGE,  and how I pack my suitcase so I can literally dress out my case – I have 6 smart outfits, several casual, high heels, dancing salsa shoes, gym and yoga gear – And I STILL haven’t worn everything in my case and it’s been just a few days short of  a month already!

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I have the bare minimum of stuff I am keeping that in a friends storage (that in itself is a little weird).

*A Batisse piece of art wrapped that I LOVE
*The big box contains more Art, as well as two bedspread quilts my nan hand made when I was a teenager – I used to help her cut out and sew, so yes I’m still sentimental even though a minimalist, organized and travel light
*1st white box is all my SARS  tax type stuff – Half of which is my brothers!
* 2nd white box is my very precious treasured stuff. And most of that box if heart shaped ROCKS I have collected from beaches all around the world (not in pic they were being washed for storage!

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I literally sold, donated, re-gifted or ditched anything else I deemed that no longer serves me!

And my beloved Stripey boi looks so stressed in his new home – can you tell? No-one else can sit on the couch!

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SO – the real deal is what are YOU doing to live YOUR MAGNIFICENT LIFE?

Drop me a line if I can help you in ANY way – whether to get started, take stock, write a book, reconfigure your entire life, clear our your home, come and do a talk at your company or women’s group. I’m traveling the world following THE MINIMALIST MANIFESTO so no place is out of my way :) and I am working online with people in every corner of the globe!

If you need to sign up for one of my programmes – do so here on www.kate-emmerson.com and come and connect with me on Facebook HERE 

The COS factor – CLOSE OUT STRONG!

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You are “counting sleeps” aren’t you?

…either till you go away, switch off and chill to a calmer routine or sign off that final project for the year as you toss some thank you gifts at clients and dash out the door?

Many of you have been begging for this newsletter – impatient creatures that you are – as it IS one of my favourite annual processes to do. At some point before 31st December, I pour a glass of wine and do the following process to help me wander back over the past 12 months to create a deep awareness of the year gone by.

Where you start is not as important as where you finish! Zig Ziglar

Consciously closing out your PERSONAL year – as opposed to simply scrambling to get your desk and obligations clear – is about bringing a sense of order, understanding and insight to your last 12 months.

Think of it as a simultaneous pat on the back and a wee kick up the proverbial. 

I believe life is always a dance between the fab and the kr@p and it’s about letting yourself flow between the two, not getting too stuck on either side. 2015 for me has been a rollercoaster of note, launching my second book, appearing in a self development movie, crowdfunding, walking 2 red carpets, helping 22 writers on their journey with their book, re-creating an online business and letting romantic passion sky rocket …phew.

What about YOU?

 

If you feel that some conscious questions could help you close out the year, here are the 12 pivotal questions I will be using:

1.  Describe 2015 as if it was the title of a book to capture the ESSENCE or THEME of the year. Be creative and wacky if need be.

2.  What are you most PROUD of?

3. Find one or two HIGHLIGHTS in each of the following 8 aspects of your life, to ensure you do a full sweep of your life.

Career

Finances

Home & Family

Health

Spirituality

Fun & Leisure

Self Development

Relationships & communication

4. What is your all time FAVOURITE memory of the year?

5. What was your #1 CHALLENGE? You can either consider something in each of the 8 above areas, or

perhaps there is just one overriding thing that stands out for you.

6. What QUALITIES / STRENGTHS did you call on to overcome this challenge? List as many as you can as this shows your inner and outer resources!

7. Where else could you APPLY these same qualities in 2016?

8. Was there anything on your radar / goal list for 2015 that you DID NOT ACHIEVE?

 9. What STOPPED you achieving it?

OK…. Seriously, excuses aside what REALLY stopped you – HINT- it’s usually a fear or limiting belief at play?

10. LOOSE ENDS?  Is there anything that would be awesome to complete in order to finish off the year STRONG? Could be a last appointment to book, finishing that business plan, sending thank you letters…

Anything that will give you the final close out you deserve.

It is the loose ends with which (wo)men hang themselves. Zelda Fitzgerald

11. VERY NB: In order to create the right energy for your life, what do you need to LEAVE BEHIND AND LET GO OF that will not serve you to take forward into 2016? A person, attitude, job, idea, resentment?

12. What are you potentially STEPPING INTO in 2016 that will catapult your life forward?

I trust these will help YOU close out and consciously consider your year so that you can move to 2016 with strength, insight and awareness.

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A leap of FAITH to get outta the DITHER zone

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A Leap of Faith to get out of the DITHER zone!

I woke up this morning really not knowing WHAT to share with you on the blog today. I have committed to creating and sharing something with you twice a month, so I reverted to one of my personal transformational tools to help me decided what message I needed to listen to for myself, and share with you.

I burst out laughing when this was what I / we got:

LEAP OF FAITH.

Instantly I had a newsletter!

The summary of this message is: Take a risk and put your heart’s TRUE desire into action. Procrastination about your dreams won’t make them go away! Neither will it make them happen. Indecision is the soul’s burning passion to improve, grow and learn” – D. Virtue

So often clients will come to me wanting support on WHICH decision to make. Now honestly, how many decisions are truly life long ones? Sometimes I think we place too much emphasis on the “RIGHT” decision. Successful souls simply make decisions, move on, and change tack when they need to. They are more inclined to make quick decision, and slower to change them. Could you learn to be a bit more decisive, trust your heart, just say yes OR no, without hesitation?

For those of you that are totally risk averse, give yourself a deadline i.e. “I will investigate and mull and dither until the 31st July” Bottom line is, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR MIND LATER. Oooh, imagine that! A decision is never right or wrong, it is simply a decision!

Only the decision to have children and getting married (well perhaps even that latter is not even permanent is it?) are decisions for life. Once you have a child you cannot alter that fact. All else however, can be shifted, adjusted, tweaked, improved and totally switched. What freedom of choice.

Do you know how much ENERGY it steals from you to be in the DITHER zone? That energy can be re-directed with purpose and be spent on ACTIVATING your heartfelt choice – starting your business, getting married, moving country, falling pregnant (we know that takes lots of energy hee hee). It can even be the decision on what to wear, which route to take to your destination or starting a hobby. Learn to hone in on your heart and soul and trust yourself – whether it is about your choice of ice cream flavor or your safety when driving home at night and you feel a little weird – go around the block again or call someone to see you in the gate.

YOUR LEAP OF FAITH can be about the small decisions you make daily as well as the bigger ones you are being urged to press PLAY on.

So, what are the things you are shying away from? What does YOUR HEART truly desire right now? If you feel stuck, get support, a team, a mastermind group, counseling or a kick up the proverbial to realize your life is dashing past you– who cares how much help you need to surround yourself with as you flex your faith muscles.

The moment you make a decision, the magic will start happening. I teach about making space in your life, then letting everything flood in to greet you. The moment you make space by making one decision, you are instantly culling all the others, like pruning a tree. Now you are able to accept ideas, advise, thoughts, dreams, serendipitous acts to help you on your way. The place of indecision, believing you cannot make your dreams come true, is a place of dithering death.

MOVE! DECIDE! TODAY!

What is the worst that can happen? You might trip and fall flat on your face, it might fail, you might hate what is it you have decided about. So what? At least now you know and can re-group and re-decide.

 

BE bold, LEAP NOW and come and share with me on Facebook what you are ACTIVATING and no longer DITHERING on!

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What you do IMPACTS others ….lessons from yoga

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It’s midday and I’m just home from an awesome yoga class in which I continuously observe myself in action. I went to a short ONE hour flow (i.e. very short as most classes are 90 min) and was expecting it to be easier that my regular practice, which is  90 min about 4 times a week on average. Well, blow me down with a little feather,  as an hour of deeper and harder intensity prevailed. Arrrgh. I thought I was going to “get off lightly” and recoup a bit of energy and do less as it was shorter. Really?

How often does this same idea play out in your lives?

Sometime we need shorter zaps of intensity and sometimes we need to drag ourselves through the endurance required to go the whole hog. Sometimes we have work with our minds, sometimes our flailing bodies, sometimes both. Mostly we have to let go of dratted assumptions!

I go to yoga so I can go to life.

I let yoga do me so I can do life.

I process my stuff in yoga so I can lead a simpler, more evolved life outside of yoga.

My biggest attempt is to become yoga – the union of body and mind.

So often it is our weak MINDS that allow us to become lazy students of life, and in our bodies.

You also need to remember that what you DO has an impact on others — whilst trying to fight off flu and balance on one leg in yoga, I found another life lesson a little while back.

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No matter what YOUR form of personal exercise is that always calls you back, drags your butt back to come and practice it, I am sure that it too, shows you a way to manoeuvre through your life? If not, maybe it’s time to change what you do?
I get so many insights and lessons, little “klaps” from the universe and every now and then I will also get blessed with a deep sense of strength and peace from doing yoga regularly ….
A couple of months back I found that the general “discipline” in the classes at one point started to wane — or maybe, quite possibly, it’s simply what I was noting at that moment as a kind of mirror. So, is it external, or internal and  am I being mindful of what’s going on around me or perhaps “vomiting” my own energy  and projections where it doesn’t need to be?
Yoga, just like life, at the studio where I practice has a few rules or “guidelines”  in place to keep the space sacred and safe for all. One of them is SILENCE in the practice room, another is arriving ON TIME  for class and not letting students in late, another is that unless it is really, really serious, you are asked to STAY IN THE ROOM – now if you have EVER done Bikram yoga, sometimes that last one alone is the hardest of all.  Staying in that  hot, sweaty, throbbing intense heat can push every button I have ever thought possible. And on other days it’s like a welcome breeze.
So often it is our weak MINDS that allow us to become lazy students of life, and in our bodies.  My insight one morning was that what we do gives others permission. In the last few classes I’d attended all of the above guidelines for discipline had been seemingly “broken” or “negotiated”.  The moment one person crosses the line, the next one does so too. I notice that the moment the first student leaves the room, for whatever reason, that  9/10  times another one quickly follows, and then people walk around getting tissues etc , etc. It’s like a negative domino effect……BAM.
So the opposite is true too – that by STAYING in the room, staying in the pose another moment, just one more second, enables others to glean strength from you too and be the positive domino effect. The moment you give up,  it gives others permission to  give up too. So what are YOU doing in life, that is negatively or positively affecting YOUR life, and thereby the domino effect to others around you. Now I KNOW that in yoga we are only meant to concentrate on our own two eyes, our own experience etc, but one cannot deny the group consciousness — otherwise we’d all be practising yoga on our own at home.
My own personal journey is to notice when I’m being judgemental – of both myself and others, and yoga provides that chuckle and annoyance all the time.
We are the observers of our thoughts, observers of our surroundings, as within so without.
Yoga is the most amazing practice when done in synergy with others as that energy can circulate the room and lift you farther and higher than you could ever go alone — be mindful when you break that energy out of sheer lack of willpower, being unconscious or lazy.
Be mindful of how soon you give up,  as the class is only as strong as the weakest link.
I promise to do my utmost to stay a moment longer, be present a second more.
 These pics were taken for my latest photo shoot and are two of my favourite yoga poses that require bulldog like determination and focus.  I do NOT look as calm as this when I’m mid class – you’ll find me all redfaced and sweaty. CHARMING! You cannot think of anything else when in these poses – lol I just fall over if I wander off in my mind, or have drunk too much wine the night before !
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With Lightness, Kate
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