- Choose four to five activities that you do everyday, such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, eating a meal, washing up, or traveling to work. Pay full attention to that activity as it is happening. Feel the toothbrush on each tooth, feel your foot against the ground upon each step. Taste the food, feel its texture, hear your teeth as they grind. Don’t just rush through your routine. Be aware of each stage of the activity, take an interest in it, no matter how mundane.
- Thinking is not the enemy. In fact, its an incredible tool, as all of us have experienced. We can be aware of our thoughts just as we are aware of our outer world. The obstacle to overcome is when we get lost in compulsive thinking and forget the present moment. When this happens, just bring attention back when you realize you lost it.
- If you get really caught up in excessive thinking, try using a mantra to take back control. Repeat a chosen word or phrase over and over to anchor your mind on that one word, preventing it from writing a speech about your failings or a tragic novel about your future prospects.
After years of publishing personal essays and teaching writing to more than 500 women, Cori has launched a series of unique retreats for women who want to explore, reinvent and reinvest in themselves through the power of writing and yoga.
Whether you’re tired and in need of a creative boost, or in the midst of a transition or difficult life moment, or struggling to find your purpose, these retreats will give you time to connect with yourself and other women, using writing and yoga as tools to reflect and heal.
These workshops are for writers and yogis of all levels. Bring your journal and a yoga mat, and be prepared for some deep, emotional introspection, restorative yoga, good company and inspirational stories.
Meditation in Action
Many of us would love to establish a regular meditation practice, but when we try to set time aside for it in our busy lives, it often just ends up being one more thing we have to do in our day that we never quite get around to. Or, for those of us who succeed in establishing the practice, we often finish our mediation and dive straight back into the demands of our day, carrying very little of our awareness with us. Instead of, or in addition to, sitting down for a meditation session, Meditation in Action involves treating life’s regular little chores and tasks as mini meditations. This allows busy people to incorporate meditation into the activities they are already doing, and naturally merges meditation with daily living, avoiding the compartmentalizing of mediation versus “my life”.
To practice Meditation in Action, you simply choose to be fully aware of what you are doing in the moment, rather than mechanically carrying out the task while your mind is somewhere else. In this way, you cultivate awareness and train yourself to live in the present moment. Here are some pointers to help you with your practice:
Life is happening now, but our minds are constantly jumping between thoughts about the past and the future, never settling into the place where life actually is: the present moment. In this way, days and years can go by, and we miss out on our actual lives. On a deeper level, we are life, that very life that shines in this moment, but by living in the world of thoughts instead of the world of life we cut ourselves off from our natural joy, our natural home. Cultivating awareness day by day allows us to awaken from our mind-made delusions to the incredible joy of life in the moment, which is the truth of who we are.
WE ARE ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!
I’m gushing with joy and gratitude. One year ago my partner and I took possession of our home on Bowen Island and Nectar Yoga B&B was born.
We have met hundreds of people in the past year from all over the world. Thank you to all my students, you are my teachers. You show me the light and teach me all I need to know.
Here are some things I’ve learned this year:
If you are not happy, make a change, maybe a really big change
All your dreams are possible but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy
Follow your intuition and base all your life choices on it, if you don’t know what intuition feels like, be still
If you have trouble sleeping, come to my house and I’ll put you to work, hard manual labour will have you sleeping like a baby
Everyone on this planet needs space to reflect and breathe
Not everyone is as clean as I am
Talk a walk in nature, you’ll feel better
Find a partner who has your back, who helps you to accelerate on your spiritual path, who gets you!
If you’re not with that person, let them go, find your soul mate, they are waiting…
This too shall pass, everything is always changing
It’s not what is happening to you, it’s how you move through it
The energy you put out is the energy you get back, action/reaction
Life is truly beautiful, even when its cold and raining
Find stillness, breathe, refill
Eat amazing food and love every bite (even full gluten, full sugar, full fat chocolate cake – love it!)
Don’t get too caught up in perfecting your diet, your body, your appearance, your yoga practice, just be a damn good person
Surround yourself with people who are vibrating at your frequency
Be real – be the actual person you portray on Facebook
Find community, if you can’t find it, create it
Making money has nothing to do with success, real success is soul to soul connection
Our body is impermanent, at any moment it could be gone, so live the life of your dreams
Say yes to every good opportunity, unless it sacrifices balance
Heal your past, forgive, mostly yourself, then everyone else
You are beautiful, you are uniquely you, no one can replicate that
See beauty in the diversity, not difference
Judging is different than noticing the reality as it is
If you have knowledge that will heal others share it, it’s potency accelerates when you share
Find the lessons and the blessings in all of your life experiences
I love island life, I love small community, I love sharing in other’s healing process, I love small details
Swim in the sea, swim in the lake, just swim, there is a deep stillness in the water
A true Yogi is someone who speaks kind and softly, who shares all they have, who sees the connection of all beings, I hope to one day be a Yogi
You are deeply wise, no truth is outside of you, it’s all within
Surround yourself with good people, but also lots of animals, they have so much wisdom and love
Go for it, today is the day, tomorrow may never come, you can do it!!
Most of all…Be Happy
These are not cliches or cute quotes I found on the internet, these are the REAL lessons I have learned this year. Thank you to the love of my life, my forever partner, without his amazing dedication and deep wisdom, this life would be the same. Thank you to all our guests and your beautiful comments, feedback, wisdom, and energy, this has made Nectar Yoga B&B so amazing.
Andrea & Sat
Join writing instructor Cori Howard and yoga teacher Jazz Braden on this special writing and yoga retreat for women. Located on beautiful Bowen Island at Nectar Yoga B&B (just 20 minutes by ferry from Vancouver), you will be guided through writing and yoga sessions in a breathtaking geodesic dome in the forest.
Limited to just ten participants, this intimate retreat offers a safe and encouraging environment where vulnerabilities and fears are met with kindness and used as creative kindling for your best work yet. This is a place for free expression, support and understanding from other moms. No yoga or writing experience necessary. Read the testimonials below to better understand the transformative power of this weekend retreat.
Daily yoga and writing sessions
One-on-one writing coaching with Cori
Delicious gourmet vegetarian meals
Coming in May
Stay tuned for more details
Don’t miss out on upcoming writing and yoga retreats!
Visit: http://corihoward.com/writing-and-yoga-retreats/ for full details.