The power of poetry

white_lily-3One of my teachers and dear friend, said recently, that ‘poems find you’… Funny she’d mentioned it, her words peaked my interest, thinking to myself, silently, “I wonder where my poem is and when it will find me”?  Early in the new year, I had come across this quote from Mary Oliver:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”.

I fell in love with the words and posted the quote on the fridge for awhile and then it made its way onto my vision board.  These words seemed to be enough, not knowing that there was much more to it.

I recently completed a course called Lifesong, and had my last one-to-one session.  I had intended to bring with me a new song to sing, a poem I had written for my husband, but as I rushed out the door, it didn’t make its way into my handbag.  When I shared this, Barclay said, that’s just perfectly fine, I’ll find a poem for you.  He immediately pulled out Mary Oliver’s work and read a poem, called The Pond, the words melted into my heart:

“Still, what I want in my life is to be willing
to be dazzled – to cast aside the weight of facts.”

Then another, The Summer Day…. and as the ending drew near and I heard the words,

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

I almost flew off my seat, I said, this is the poem!  Love these precious moments of how life unfolds in its own magical ways and sitting back for the ride.  You just never know, what lies around the corner for you.

It seemed to good not to share. May these words, bring light into your heart and move you to dream, this ‘one wild and precious life’ meant just for you.  Be sure to read aloud, many times, the poem begins to take a life of its own!

The Summer Day, Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

The Ponds

Every year
the lilies
are so perfect
I can hardly believe

their lapped light crowding
the black,
mid-summer ponds.
Nobody could count all of them –

the muskrats swimming
among the pads and the grasses
can reach out
their muscular arms and touch

only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
is perfect?

I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided –
and that one wears an orange blight –
and this one is a glossy cheek

half nibbled away –
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
unstoppable decay.

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled –
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing –
that the light is everything — that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.

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An extraordinary day

It was an extraordinary day…far from ‘just another talk’. It was a meeting of minds cheap essay writing services stonesfrom the communities of spirituality, science, and business, blessed with the openness and wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Now is a time of change—mindful positive change—and we’ll see much more of it this year as people wake up to the possibilities of a better way to live and work, not only on an individual level but as a collaboration to make this world a better place for all of us. It’s this fundamental spirit of togetherness that will lead us through the critical time ahead. This strong sense of community was demonstrated yet again at the most recent Wisdom 2.0 conference.

The event was hosted by Arthur C. Brooks, President of The American Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank, in collaboration with The Mind and Life Institute, and featured honoured guest, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Scholars, social and political leaders, doctors, and scientists united, to deliberate ways in which ‘moral markets’ and ethical leadership can maximize human wellbeing. The event then interwove discussions on how the free enterprise system can include the element of human fulfillment and prosperity—posing questions such as, ‘is the free enterprise system the most moral?’ Above all else, the event was grounded by the idea that to support change, to move towards a more prosperous and fulfilled nation, we require ethical leadership that includes morality and compassion for others. We already know the traditional answers are not working. We need new solutions for our increasingly complex problems.

Here are a few pieces of inspiration that stood out for me.

It was refreshing to hear economists and scholars talk about what matters most versus the typical ego-based dialogue that usually drives any budget argument. Arthur Brooks led the panel with “the system we believe is most able is under question today” then went on to ask, “What matters most for human happiness?” As it turns out, money wasn’t on the list. What matters most (to the vast majority of us) are four things: faith, family, community, and work.

The Dalai Lama expressed that happiness begins with the individual and every one of us has a role to play. He too feels that we’re at a turning point where we’re headed into the Century of Peace but that we must create it through right action and effort. Peace will not happen only through meditation, self-inquiry, and prayer. We must act upon our convictions for the greater humanity. 

The Dalai Lama went on to share, “The very purpose is to derive to seek enlightenment. Happy community, happy family, happy nation. Then happy world. We are far from the world. Where do we start? From the government? No. From the UN? No. From individuals. Disasters, climate change due to global warming, population explosions. These are different days from ancient times. Reality is that we are multiracial. East needs West. South needs East. We must think in terms of the entire 7 billion human beings”.

Dan Loeb, Founder of Third Point Capital spoke about his background in yoga and how he studied with Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga) in India. He shared how he was warned against it. He said, everyone would think he was “a flake”. He said, “back then there were no cell phones, but it set up my mind for contemplation and meditation. They aren’t just for monks or hermits, they are important for business people and for all our lives.” Why?

Loeb made reference to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (aphorisms that are the foundational text of yoga) and their importance in making business decisions. Brilliant.

We make poor decisions when our minds are distracted, busy, and overwhelmed. Yoga teaches us to find stillness and clarity of mind, through a mastering of the waves of the mind, “yoga cittra vrtii nirodha”.

We can apply this same philosophy and practice to making good business decisions. We make good decisions when we first eliminate the distractions and quiet the mind. When we practice yoga, meditation, or mindfulness, we may still find ourselves in challenging and difficult situations, but we learn to create good choices by accessing our intuition and higher self as our moral compass, realizing that we’re all interconnected. As Loeb highlighted, “the very core foundational decisions are to be honest and to treat people well, and you have to trust people to make good decisions ”.  

The questions continued, what could we do to create mass prosperity, eliminate the gaps, and create all-inclusive systems, not ones that exploit or leave people behind? There are no simple answers to these complex questions—even the Dalai Lama doesn’t know—but what we can do is cultivate a culture of compassion. Prosperity isn’t limited to financial wealth of course. True prosperity is in all areas of our lives, grounded in good decisions and choices.

Dr. Richard Davidson, neuroscientist, presented generosity (ethics of compassion) and conscientiousness (ethics of restraint) as fundamental in fostering wellbeing. He went on to say that when we teach our children these concepts at an early age, there is “a great return on investment (in the likes of 7:1)”. When it comes to wellbeing, neuroscience has made great strides. It tells us that through training, wellbeing can be learned. For this, we need grounded leaders, leaders who consider compassion and global wellbeing as priorities.

Diana Chapman Walsh, former President of Wellesley College, suggested a true leader “can open our minds and hearts. We need leaders grounded in connection, love, compassion, people who can lead from within, understanding the responsibility to deal with their shadows, so that they can cast more light”.

What I find enlightening about all of this is the willingness to come together with open minds and hearts, and a will to begin critical constructive dialogue. This is the starting point in fuelling mindful, positive change.

So I ask, where is Canada in all of this? What do our political leaders have to say on these topics? What about the academic world or our business leaders? Where is the collaboration, the dialogue, and the action? Why aren’t we coming together for the wellbeing of our nation and our world?

paulapyneI believe there is a call to action here. We need to bring Peace to the Politics on The Hill.

We need more light and love in this world.

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Collaboration is the Way Forward…

How many people do something they really believe in? I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible, if you try: dreams are made, if people try.

~ Terry Fox

With a ‘we can and will’ mentality, we can overcome great challenges. The ‘we can’ mantra brownstoneswas a theme of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Ex-President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, led a lively debate on what women leaders can do to mobilize and strategize for equitable climate action ahead of the 2014 Leaders’ Summit. What came to my mind was that if we are to move in a positive, mindful direction, we need a nurturing quality to this mobilization.

Love, compassion, and caring need to be at the forefront of the climate change action plan. This is the wellbeing of our future, first and foremost, and Mother Earth is counting on us. It was lovely to hear Mary say in her talk that we need to ‘nurture mother earth’. For Uplift, this means leading with a very different approach and fostering a new way of conducting business. You see, all of this is interconnected but the grounding foundation is leading in ways that foster compassion and kindness–it really is just that simple.

The world is ready for your light, grace, and wisdom and your leadership.

The conversation about action at the World Economic Forum took me out of a period of hibernation. Providing the space and teachings for women to rejuvenate themselves and explore their limitless potential has been a long-time dream of mine. Some of the greatest progress and profound moments of learning is through sharing with like-minds and I have always wanted to facilitate programming that resonates throughout our community of women. Then, as soon as I felt the stirrings of action, it seemed the stars magically aligned and a new partnership arose.

I’m thrilled to host, in collaboration with a dear soul sister, the first of many Uplift retreats. It comes at a good time: with the call for women to rise up and a great need for feminine leadership to celebrate compassion and partnership. Along with mindfulness and movement, we will explore our great depths to take into the world. This will be a powerful day and I would love you to join us.

Of course, I’m continuing with the monthly community meditations, teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation, along with Leadership and Authenticity courses in partnership with Women of Influence and Queen’s School of Business. There is a lot happening in the next few months, so please stay tuned to my teaching and speaking page.

Collaboration is key for the coming years.

Another collaboration that makes my heart sing is with the work of Karen Armstrong, founder of The Charter for Compassion. Uplift’s role will be to promote the importance of the Golden Rule and encourage people to sign the charter. This is such a natural extension of the work we already do and I’m excited to work behind the scenes on ways to introduce this wonderful work to the Uplift community.

I am continuing my studies in 2014, going back to my roots in psychology with a focus on the connection of the mind-body-spirit. This move will be good for Uplift, and especially for my clients as I continue to expand the counselling and healing side of our services. This new set of services promises great things for our corporate clients as well by fuelling compassion and overall wellbeing in the workplace.

Finally, I’m excited to announce that we’re bringing a recent international business school graduate on board – it’s time to bring someone in to help behind the scenes. After all, we’ve got big dreams and this year is about action and collaboration is the way forward.

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
-Langston Hughes

With love and light,

Paula

 

 

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Breathing In A New Year…

sunshineIt probably seems to you that the days of the New Year have long passed but I’m just getting around to writing this post. I’ve been going at turtle speed! Every day, even every moment, is an opportunity to embrace our lives. Much like the feeling of entering a new year, we can embrace every new day, and live it to the fullest, like there’s no tomorrow.  It’s easy to forget our New Year’s resolutions with the absence of regular practice. It requires a boat-load of patience and self-compassion to return again and again, back to the beginning, to the New Day and Year we promised ourselves, remembering what are hearts truly long for. If we look on each day as a new start, we have the opportunity to return to this beginning again and again.

I entered this year in my usual quiet way. While most of the world is raring to go with a laundry list of promises, goals, and resolution—whether quitting an old habit or forming a new one—my body was telling me something else. I wasn’t ready for the Jan 1 bells and whistles. Instead my body was saying, “Rest, darling, just rest. Rest is what you need right now, everything else will take care of itself”. Of course, I didn’t take this message easily. My always-on-the-go brain kicked in and said, “Come on, Paula, get going. Everyone else is, and you are going to be left behind”. When the familiar anxiety showed up, I chose instead to watch the playing out of my storyline and listen closer to my natural rhythm. I find that when I try to push myself into doing during times of rest, I don’t see the results I hoped for. Besides, there was unfinished business of 2013 that needed attention before I was able to embrace the New Year.

It’s in deep silence where the profound resides and in the quiet, restful state lays the container of productivity, creativity, and innovation.

 Silence is more musical than any song.

~ Christina Rossetti

So in those early days between hibernation and incubating ideas, I toiled at my business plans and rested, dreaming in between. This time has been a life review, an intense practice of writing, mindfulness, meditation, working with voice, telling the untold stories that matter in a big way.  We all have great stories to tell and to be shared. By ‘big way’, I mean it’s the inner work for becoming more present, courageous and trusting.

 Becoming bigger is an inner process. It is not about external achievement. It is not about being an extrovert rather than an introvert. But it is about allowing yourself to feel – more and more and more.

~ Lee, from 2014: Year of Emergence

When we feel more, life becomes alive and expansive…and it’s with this awareness, that we heal–ourselves as well as our world.

Along with my life review, I also embarked on a One Year Journey, A Year to Live  which, so far, is helping me get focused, suspend my fears, and get clear on what really matters most in this one precious life. Even in the early days, it’s amazing what has surfaced, a deep interconnectedness arose and I came to the realization, this time in a ‘bigger’ way that compassion is at the heart of being Human.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

~ Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

Isn’t Winter About Hibernation?

I strongly believe in working and connecting with our natural rhythms, following the cycle of the seasons, the planetary shifts, and tuning into what’s happening in nature. These things have so much to tell us and when we work with them, we reignite and balance our energy, productivity, and creativity.

It’s also a great time of year to learn. Daniel Goleman, author, psychologist, and science journalist, talks about brain science in the fascinating NIACBM webinar series. He says that focus and attention require a lot of energy, and the body needs periods of rest to reboot. The problem is, we continue to drive full speed ahead, even when our fuel light is on.

Other fascinating research, published by Richard Davidson, recently suggests that gene expression changes with meditation. As a treatment, this has wide implications for therapeutic and preventative applications. Practices of meditation and mindfulness (as well as restorative yoga practices) directly target the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn promotes rest and healing. We’re living in a world that fires off the sympathetic nervous system, the fight or flight response. We’re not intended to live this way without great side effects.

This time of year signifies a greater need for rest and retreat. Winter is an incubator, a time for hibernation, and an opportunity to replenish our energy for the year ahead. After all, it’s what nature intended. The days are shorter and not designed for long days of productivity. Unfortunately, that’s what’s not expected of us. The pressure to keep up with the uber-pace doesn’t stop for winter, hibernation, or a need to rest. But, here’s the thing: you have a choice. You can choose to do things differently, even if its just short periods of time integrated within your day to day.

Your breath is your fuel, just like gas in your car. With daily meditation and mindfulness practice, our point of focus is the breath. The breath is our life force and the quality of our breath has a direct impact on the quality of our thoughts and actions. You see, when our breath is scattered, so too are our thoughts and when we breathe with deeper, longer, conscious breaths, we think more clearly. You become fully present in your life.  So, ‘Breathe as if your life depends on it’.

Inhale, exhale.

 Let us determine to be more sincere, compassionate, warm-hearted human beings, trying to make our world a more equal place. That way we’ll actually make it a happy year.

~ Dalai Lama

With love and light,

Paula

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Peace this Season

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

~ Helen Keller  background-1170x1080

After coming out of the whirlwind that was the final months of 2013, here we are days before the holiday season and fast approaching the celebrations of the winter solstice. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to many about the countless transitions that have surfaced over the year, about things breaking down as fast as they began, about fast-paced change and the awareness of what needs letting go, and about the things that are no longer working for us evolving. 2013 has been humbling to say the least. Just when I think I’ve got it, it’s gone.

Last week, Uplift was honoured to host our final community meditation of the year celebrating the winter solstice under the full moon. We had a full house with Jeremy Sills leading a crystal bowl meditation by candlelight. It was truly a special evening. With the healing sounds of crystal bowls and voice, we invited the old to depart and welcomed the new into our lives with the power, clarity, and grace to move forward on our paths. We honoured the divine light in each other and prepared to welcome the return of the light in the coming days. One thing that has become very clear this year is the strength of our community and the support we all have along our spiritual path for personal growth and development. I will write more about the importance of community in the New Year. Uplift has some great developments and projects that I’m excited to share with you.

Managing The Stress Of The Season

December and the holiday season is stressful for many. There’s no escaping the energetic frenzy. As soon as you walk out the door, it hits you. The busyness and pace with which we’re living our lives compounds the issue. We tend to be running on empty at this time of the year.

The stress of the season and the energetic shifts happening on the planet create an intense atmosphere. We are being called to slow down, breathe, “get grounded”, and get to the heart of who we are and our purpose on Earth. The layers of our being continue to shed. Let them. After all, it was the year of the snake!

As we find ourselves in the busyness of this holiday season, I encourage you to do one thing out of all the priorities on your to-do list. I invite you to rest and connect with your heart in these dark days. Rest. Be quiet. Be still, even if it is for just a few moments. It’s what Nature is telling us to do.

I was inspired by this talk by Kelly McGonigal, PhD. She is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University and a leading expert in the new field of “science-help”. She has much to say about managing stress over the holidays and shares some centering words around compassion for those experiencing the season in a different way. Whether they are a loved one or stranger, the important thing to remember is to have compassion.

Becoming Holy

The December chapter of Angeles’ Living in Gratitude is called ‘The Mystic Heart’ and it candle-lightreads, “December is the month of holy days and holy nights, a time to express the spirit of love and generosity. It’s coming back to this remembering of what is good, true, and beautiful within the human spirit that infuses this month with meaning. It’s a time of spiritual renewal and reflection in many world traditions…it is no coincidence that the root words of whole, health, heal, and holy is hale.  When we heal, we become whole – we are Holy.”

During the holidays and the days leading up to them, it’s so important to open up to the healing forces and natural states of grace that allow us to be whole and healthy.

“We don’t become holy by acquiring merit badges and brownie points. It has nothing to do with virtue or job descriptions or morality. It is nothing we can do in this do-it-yourself, 7-step approach world. It is a gift, a sheer gift, waiting to be recognized and received.”

~ Madeleine L’Engle

Instead of getting caught up in the frenetic pace of the season, resolve to take a different approach. During the darkest days, take periods of rest for renewal. Practicing gratitude, working with the breath, and caring for oneself through mindful conscious rest are all ingredients that invite the soul to speak. Listen for the gems of truth in these moments.

Find it in your heart to come of out of your shell to do what you are meant to do, be who you are meant to be, speak your truth. When you find your authentic place and bring your gifts and innate talents forward, the world becomes a much better place to live.

A Gift For You

One of my most cherished renewal practices is Yoga Nidra, otherwise known as yogic sleep. Yoga Nidra is so powerful that one hour of practice is equal to 3-4 hours of rested sleep. The holiday season is a perfect time to start a new practice of getting grounded and reconnecting with your higher self.

My gift to you: the Uplift 21-minute Yoga Nidra practice.

May you move with power, clarity, and grace. May you invite the inspiration of your creative imagination, align your Will with the Divine Will, and manifest your deepest desires. May you have a peaceful, calm, and restful holiday.

Much love and light,

Paula

PS – if you are looking for a hit of inspiration over the holidays, listen to a dear friend’s podcast called Unplug.

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This is my dream – repost

With the News programs blaring the most recent political scandals, it’s hard to remember  paulapynethat there are positive things happening in the world and leaders who are inspiring heart-centred change. It’s integral that we maintain a healthy, higher perspective about what really matters and share it with our communities. Especially now, we have an opportunity for all of us to step into our role in fueling mindful positive change. I wrote this piece earlier in the year for the Uplift Blog and I feel it’s timely to repost.

I recently had the great fortune of seeing Congressman Tim Ryan in conversation with Goldie Hawn speaking about wisdom in the workplace and the world. I was also delighted to hear Marianne Williamson’s news about running for congress. Her ‘Create Anew’ campaign resonates deeply with me and shows us all that there is another way of doing politics, that also applies to life and work.

As a nation, we’re being challenged. It’s hard not to get caught up in the events around us, whether we are influenced by our leaders in government or by the plight of the planet. It saddens me that we find ourselves in this state but it also drives me to play a bigger role in our evolution.

I fundamentally believe that awareness is at the very heart of our dilemma: self-awareness and the realization of new possibilities for brighter moments and brighter days.

I say, let’s change the channel.

Tara Brach leads off her talk with Congressman Tim Ryan with the idea that we are all looking for a sense of ‘hopefulness’. It is hopefulness that comes when you see someone like Tim and his work with Mindful Nation take steps to change the world for the greater good. It’s this type of inspired and deeply intentioned work that helps us realize what is truly possible for the healing of our world.

Tim goes on to say that we’re asking people to slow down in a time when we’re fraught with economic inequality, a failing healthcare system, deep environmental issues, and more. An average teenager in our society sends out 3000 text messages per month; the rate of technology growth is doubling every 18 months; most of the country is sleep-deprived; people are working harder and longer and making less than they were a few years ago. In order to survive, we simply must teach people basic skills to live in this world. It’s the right thing to do.

The change is happening slowly. We all want a less complex, simplified way of working and living our lives. The good news is We Have A Choice but we all have to step up to the plate if we are going to change things.

When we become aware, grounded, and centred, we awaken and our Spirit comes alive. When we work on ourselves with kindness and compassion, we illuminate positivity in the world.

We need leaders. Uplifting leaders.

We need leaders who embody mindful awareness and who exude clarity, authenticity, and open-heartedness. So many of us are yearning for skilled politicians and leaders who make a difference in the world, people who are guided by kindness, compassion, and wisdom. I believe they’re out there but… we need to slow down, to go inside ourselves, and educate our hearts. I have been encouraging this for many years and I believe now is the time to act.

Mindfulness, or the lack thereof, greatly affects our politics. We’ve seen the recent debacles in many levels of our governments and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. This proves that we need, more than ever before, compassionate leaders who are committed to breaking down the corrupt systems that we have allowed to flourish. I feel sad when I reflect on our current state of affairs, but I’m compelled to take action and I hope you will too. After all, it begins with you and me.

This year, I was inspired to write to a few Parliamentary leaders. I have the ideas, the connection, and the self-awareness to fuel the positive mindful change that we need to see in this world. I called our leaders to action because I believe in a world where all can be at peace. As citizens, we need to lead from this belief…it begins with all of us, through awareness, action and accountability.

After one of the Uplift monthly meditations, I shared in our discussion that I had written to our leaders in Ottawa. It wasn’t my intention to share this with the group but I am so happy I did. I received the support I needed to take it to the next step of my journey. The lovely beings at the meditation that evening are my Angels (you all know who you are). I feel so grateful to be supported on this journey and to know that we are all supported in doing what we need to do.

Funny enough, as I’m reposting this, another Uplift monthly meditation has just passed. We didn’t talk about politics but what we did do is create space to be who we are in quiet stillness and peace, then emanated that out into the world. It’s what our world so desperately needs.

 “Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

~ Albert Einstein

This is my dream. This is how we were meant to live our lives. I wish this for you and for all of us.

with love and light,

Paula

 

 

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Empowering Women, Empowering the World…

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“The future depends on what you do today.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

It was more than a day of Building Personal Brands; it was an uplifting experience with an amazing group of women connecting and collaborating in community to elevate and inspire.

“My thoughts were directed, my confidence restored, and my journey to the understanding of self was renewed. Paula Pyne, through her powerful teaching of self-compassion, directive to always come from a place of love rather than fear, and guidance in building a plan encompassing true personal values and attributes, led this group of women on the journey of a lifetime. The end purpose was the same, that we would develop and hone in on the tools necessary to equip ourselves to promote our brand, promote who we are as women, as contributors to our society and most importantly as leaders to those around us.”

~ Elizabeth Castellucio, workshop participant

Building Your Personal Brand

When the asked me to teach the course, Building Your Personal Brand, it occurred to me that I had already been sharing my own learning with my clients for some time. I had the good fortune of being able to bring together these experiences, along with some of the latest research, and what started as an honour became a complete joy to deliver.

The best laid plans

On Sunday, I felt fine as I boarded the train from Ottawa to Toronto. As our journey began, the rail car I was in seemed especially bumpy.

We were moving from side to side so much that at one point I thought we might fly right off the tracks. Feeling a bit banged around inside, I decided to pull out my work to prepare once more for the following day, to polish things up. All of a sudden, I felt queasy, not myself, hot sweats and all. Oh no! I’ve either eaten something that’s not staying with me or I’ve caught a bug! It all came as a surprise. I couldn’t get off the train fast enough and to be honest, I was very disheartened by the lack of compassion by train-mates and staff. All but one (after having flagged a few down) ignored my requests for assistance. One of the train staff, a kind man, moved me closer to the front of the train, brought me a pillow and a drink and told me, “We’re here for you”. For a sick person, his words were like a warm blanket.

I arrived at my hotel room and snuggled in for the night but couldn’t rest. I pulled out all my tools: breathing, meditation, and soft, healing music. Instead of getting upset, I surrendered to it all, and finally drifted off to a short sleep. I was good to go in the morning (at least as good as got on this day) and placed my entire attention and focus on caring for myself, doing the best with what I had in each moment—practicing what I preach, so to speak.

By the time I entered the classroom that morning, I felt as though I had arrived. I was in a good place. I remembered my dear friend, Pavi Mehta, delivering her talk at Wisdom in NYC where she shared some words she had received from a wise woman in the audience before going on stage. She said, ‘speak from your heart…all that you have to share is already there; it’s not in your notes or your slides’.

The biggest part of expressing your personal brand is being vulnerable…the very feelings close to your heart. The final workshop participant entered the room after we had started the session and she introduced herself with an apology and a light-hearted explanation. In that moment, everyone could relate to that vulnerability. This was my opening, a window of light to share where I was coming from…so I did. In retrospect, I think it was this very window, where we expressed our being Human, that set the stage for a day that was filled with compassion, wonder, light, laughter and connection.

So being under the weather the day before turned out to be not so bad after all!

It just goes to remind us that although we do not have control over our situations, we do have a choice…if we’re honest with who we are and how we are feeling and express ourselves in mindful, positive ways.

“We often wonder what to do about negativity or certain troubling emotions. In the spaciousness of meditation, you can view your thoughts and emotions with a totally unbiased attitude. When your attitude changes, then the whole atmosphere of your mind changes, even the very nature of your thoughts and emotions. When you become more agreeable, then they do; if you have no difficulty with them, they will have no difficulty with you either.”

~ Sogyal Rinpoche

We began the day in true Uplift style

Mindfulness moments, connection with breath, and short meditations were interweaved throughout the day. These were strengthened by setting strong intentions on how we wanted to be with Uplift’s guiding principles:

  • We’re all human; we’re in this together
  • Let’s lead from higher self – a place of clarity, wisdom, insight, relaxed, calm, and open; leave no room for ‘ego’
  • Building an authentic brand is a process. Trust it
  • Commitment to be fully present and engaged (no electronics, just body-mind)
  • Honest, open dialogue, and feedback
  • Get curious and explore. You’re not going to have all of the answers; view it like an experiment
  • Let’s have FUN

The room and facilities at Queen’s School of Business in Toronto were breathtaking. IMG_0537 Having such beautiful surroundings made it an easy place to be and the learning relaxed. Just outside the room, the sun was beaming into the hallways through windows that boast a spectacular water-view that left everyone feeling connected to nature.

Refreshing and renewed take

Throughout the day, there were many aha! moments brought to us by stillness and deep listening. When we quieted our minds and entered into a relaxed state, we showed up in our authentic selves and tapped into our own infinite wisdom and internal GPS – intuition. Often times in our work and especially in the corporate realm, we forget about our other intelligence centres: our heart and belly. So we experimented with this throughout the day and talked much about how it feels to ‘Be You’, how it feels to be Your Brand.

“Building a brand is about so much more than external numbers; it’s about personal commitment, connection to Self, and a deeper awareness of true value. This workshop furnished me with the tools I need to further develop my own brand, in life and in my business.”

~ Helen Tremethick, The Communications Distillery

But what was very different about this workshop was our community. It brought things alive and the learning really took a direction of its own, a direction that was led by the participants. One woman said, “You know, the last exercise you had us do? My partner and I kind of just put it aside and chatted about other things that were important in that moment”. There’s great value in this, in following our own learning.

After all, learning isn’t integrated by a talking head or a laundry list of slides that go on forever and a day. Best learning comes from rich dialogue and a willingness to participate in the exchange of stories. At the very essence of our brand is a great story to be told.

“Thank you for fostering openness in me – you created such a safe environment for sharing, support, and collaboration. It was invaluable.”

~ Lindsay Swanson, National Account Manager, KPMG

This work is about making choices that drive our brand and our commitment to it. So what if you chose to see and celebrate your own very nature—the dark and the light—and accept where you are, then take it one step further to celebrate the gifts you see in other human beings?

When you do this everyone is empowered…and it is contagious. This celebration of Being IMG_0545Human helps us elevate, uplift, and rise. We can’t do it without the support of each other; our brands naturally rise up by the nature of our community.

Elevating your brand by building community

I sensed the community that was coming together behind the scenes was going to be really powerful. The women that came together for the workshop were just that and more. We place such great emphasis on getting things done fast to reach targets and goals. We’re supposed to work together but instead we end up with a void in our relationships; we end up feeling disconnected from who we are, our roles, and the work we do. As one participant said, “I feel like I’ve been put it in a box, and people expect me to be like this, when truly in my heart of hearts, that’s not who I am. In fact, I’m so much more than this”. Part of building your personal brand is exploring, sewing, and piecing together the pieces of the puzzle that are a reflection of who you are and how you wish to be known. As the famous Dirty Dancing quote goes, “nobody puts Baby in a corner”.

What we fostered in that room was a willingness to be open from our hearts and to share IMG_0546our authentic selves in an environment where we were allowed to be daring. Magical things happened, proving that even in a diverse group of entrepreneurs and corporate executives, our brand is only as solid as our community.

The way we learn is shifting. Traditional lecturing has value, but I find that shared experience is invaluable and feeling supported to speak deep truths has far greater worth than a series of slides.

When we open in this way, we truly shine a bright light into the world. So, continue to shine! The more authentic you become, the higher the energy and success of all your projects!

“I felt so encompassed in happiness and positive energy from all the amazing women in the room. I was honoured to contribute and to truly feel a part of the powerful tribe!”

~ Michelle Bancroft, Wellness Consultant, Tri-Fit

At the heart of branding is self-compassion

What does self-compassion have to do with Building Your Personal Brand? It has everything to do with it! How are others going to appreciate and love your very nature, if you don’t?

Thoughts of ‘getting this’ or ‘getting there’ to ‘be this’ can be really daunting. Let me be clear…all you need to do is Be. You need to be who you are and celebrate your uniqueness. You have to remember that when you are not using your ‘genius’ (your innate gifts and talents) and not sharing your stories and dreams, you are doing a disservice to yourself, your community, and the world.

It’s imperative that we all step away from the games of self-comparison and build on self-compassion. Standing in your power and truth, reclaiming your authentic brand and building it can be really quite effortless; it’s the groundwork involved that takes courage and patience. Everyone in that room was in a different place on their own personal journey but we focused on planting seeds to build towards the future we’re longing for, and at the same time, recognizing the best part of it was arising from the ‘now’. We focused on how appreciating the ‘Now’ fosters happiness and contentment (not meaning complacency of course, but a feeling that things are perfect just the way are). It’s in these moments that we find a deeper connection to the world and ourselves.

We also talked about the need to support one another with acts of kindness. Kindness, compassion, and gratitude are fuel to your personal brand. We need kindness and compassion more than ever and as I always say, we’re in this together so let’s help each other. Staying true to your values and being honest, standing up for what you believe in: these are what inspires others and will help others do the same. By this very nature, it’s why others begin to follow you, simply by you being the very nature of you. Don’t go messing with a good thing.

This is no star-struck one-hit wonder here. The hope is that we all have our lifetime to work on it and with each day, we get wiser. It’s what our planet and our human race needs. Once you find your place, I call this place ‘home’, the rest miraculously falls into place. Because when we live in our truth, using our innate gifts and talents, allowing our Higher Self to lead the way, we catch a tail wind. The right opportunities, the right people, and the right places are there to support you. Simply waiting for you to arrive.

I am so grateful for all of the women who brilliantly came together on this day and I’m already looking forward to the next one!

In gratitude,

Paula Pyne

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Wisdom: It’s the New Business Paradigm, Part 2

This is Part 2 of the conclusion to the series, ‘Disseminating the New Business Paradigm’. brownstones

Recently, I had the great opportunity to immerse myself in a room filled with inspired leaders. The Wisdom 2.0 Business conference was about connection and creation; it was about bringing together like minds to discuss mindfulness and deeper wisdom in the workplace and how we can work together to fuel conversations, ideas, and actions around a new style of business.

My parents always said, “when faced with a tough decision, ‘do the right thing’ –a part of this meant that I needed to listen to my heart and my Higher Self. I fundamentally believe that this is how we are meant to work…and how we are meant to live.

When you give space for your voice to be heard, a raw honesty awakens in you and with it, a sense of curiosity and courage to do what’s right.

At the Wisdom 2.0 Business conference, I experienced this raw honesty over and over. It was truly moving. At one point, there were over 200 diverse people, coming from various backgrounds, chanting OM together then revering the silence that came after. It wasn’t our titles or egos or the performance of our last quarter that brought us together. It was our true natures that resonated in that room. You see, your title—whether CEO of a top Fortune company or Stay-at-home-Mom—doesn’t define who you are. What’s more important is how you are in this world, how you show up, and your intention to live mindfully, in peace and harmony. It’s this way of being that is going to be the game changer. Arianna Huffington writes eloquently about this in her LinkedIn post ‘Are You Living Your Eulogy or Your Resume?’ When Huffpost Germany was launched, she and other leaders lit the torch on what’s being coined the Third Metric, “redefining success beyond the first two metrics of money and power to include well-being, wisdom, wonder, compassion, and giving.”

I was delighted to hear Arianna refer to the rise of Shakti (the divine feminine energy). She radiated as she spoke about how there’s no room for anger in business and how we need to transform the old, worn out, judgmental and destructive patriarchal ways. Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna and enlightened leader and yogi, told us his team must lead mindfully by working in ways that support wellbeing of others. Further, he spoke of profit as only 50% of the end goal; the other 50% whether you behaved appropriately to get it done. Mark’s methods focus on the ‘how’ of doing business. He referenced the ancient wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita and these wise words came to mind:

“Though the unwise cling to their actions, watching for results, the wise are free of attachments, and act for the well-being of the whole world.” ~ 3.25, Bhagavad Gita

It’s clear there is a real shift happening.

Another moving speaker, Pavithra Krishnan Mehta, author of Infinite Wisdom, shared these beautiful words:

“On Friday, I had the privilege of sharing Dr. V and Aravind’s work at the beautiful Wisdom 2.0 conference hosted in NYC. At the end, this diverse audience of business execs, wisdom practitioners, change-makers, and entrepreneurs rose to their feet, saluting the spirit and heart of this story with a standing ovation that moved me deeply. I hadn’t slept *at all* the night before thanks to a strange sort of jetlag, a certain inner momentum, AND the insistent nightclub music emanating from the depths of my hotel. Suffice it to say, it was an interesting night. Public speaking even when I’m well rested makes me nervous. I could feel the fog in my head as I tried rehearsing in my room. Simple words eluded me. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to manage a succession of coherent sentences on stage. As it turned out, a few minutes before I went on, a dear elder in the audience, a woman I hardly knew, happened to share a little story with me, the punch-line of which, was: ‘You won’t know, until you arrive in the moment, what is asked of you. Don’t bother reading or rehearsing the script. There is no script.’ It was the perfect reminder. Sharing this story is sharing a part of my heart. The only thing I had to do was show up. The rest would take care of itself. And it did.

I encourage you to watch her talk on and ask yourself the question, Why not?

When I met my dear husband after the two-day conference, I shared with him this most moving story. There were so many moments like this, moments that moved me to tears, moments of such raw honesty, and with this, was a feeling, that we could open and heal.

Mike Robbins facilitated an exercise on authentic conversations. The condition of the exercise was to keep the conversation private and for this reason I am not mentioning any names but acknowledge the permission received to publish my experience. Thank you. You know who you are.

The exercise, ‘If you knew me right now, this is what you would know’ required the other person to sit quietly and actively listening from the heart. So with a deep breath and without even thinking, I let out what was in my heart:

If you knew me right now, this is what you would know about me…

It’s my birthday today.

 If you knew me right now, this is what you would know about me…

You would know that I have a thing for numbers and pay attention to them and 13 is one of my favorite numbers.

 If you knew me right now, this is what you would know about me…

Numbers connect me with the angel realm and they help to guide me on my path.

Right then, my partner with wide eyes said, I need to talk with you. This is what they said,

 “My father passed away a few months ago and after his death, I had a dream. This angel appeared in my dream, and his name was Raphael. Raphael told me that everything was fine and to let love lead the way. Archangel Raphael is translated to ‘It is God who heals’.”

I felt honored in the moment to be in the presence of the power of interconnection.

Since then, I’ve been sharing this story with colleagues and to my surprise, I’ve been hearing their stories…  moments of awakening, the whispers of a greater force, the feeling of being guided and supported. I’m always honored and touched by the willingness of people to share the profound experiences that have changed their lives.

One of the participants in the audience said it well, “What has been created here restores great faith and hope”. Soren, the founder of Wisdom 2.0, then invited us to hold hands, close our eyes, and in silence, breathing and being, sending loving energy to each and everyone in the room, vibrating out into the world as we prepared to say our goodbyes.

I’m grateful beyond words to have witnessed such an unfolding and new beginning to help pave the way for all of us.

Business is changing. Business is transforming.  We all have a role to play.

What is being asked of all of us is that we ‘come home’ to who we are and lead from a place of honesty, integrity, and wisdom. It’s a tall order. But what I do know is that it’s much lighter and brighter when you come to the other side. I believe it’s possible for all of us.

Right now, the greater question asks, what can you do today to take a step toward this new business paradigm, toward a brighter world and higher, happier, peaceful Self?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Discover yourself. Find a practice that works for you and do it every day. Make sure this practice allows you the space to listen to your heart. This is where you have access to your deeper wisdom and Higher Self.
  • Connect with a teacher or guide to support and nurture during the process. This is essential so you are always supported through these positive life changes. Connect with and allow yourself to be supported by a community of like minds. They will help you rise to your potential. Allow this to happen.
  • Continue to learn. Learn about things that fuel and drive your life purpose and connect this to the work you do. It’s possible to find joy and happiness in our daily work. No more excuses; all the conditions are ripe for you to say, ‘I can’. Own your barriers, learn from them, and take accountability.
  • Nourish your soul with good things, things that make your heart sing and make you smile. Question your choices and ask Why not?
  • Be kind and compassionate to yourself and others. Every day.
  • Slow down and rest. Get closer to nature. It’s a busy world and it’s all too easy to put this one off.
  • Practice gratitude. With gratitude comes contentment, happiness, and wellbeing.
  • Be willing to begin again, as many times as necessary.

Create the space for your practice on a daily basis, journal your progress, then report back to me. It’s no longer optional; and though difficult in the beginning, a practice like this becomes much like brushing your teeth. Tell me how your life shifts and how we can better facilitate mindful, positive change in your life and in your organization.

The New Business Paradigm begins with all of us taking a step toward mindfulness and compassion, allowing our deeper wisdom to rise up. May we all be supported in our lives to ‘come out of the closet’ and become who we are truly meant to be. We can make this world a better place for all of us. It’s an evolution.

Essentially, what I speak of is a collaborative methodology, one that sees a leader in each individual and one that supports personal growth in a professional sphere that empowers change. This collaboration places an emphasis on wellbeing, compassion, care, love, and kindness and restores balance back into the equation. What I have been suggesting here needs great commitment and a lot of work; it needs support, action, and a team of like-minded people; it needs a coming-together to make it happen and to help create a new system that supports these very ideas. Uplift is playing a role in ways that guide, educate, and create awareness around practices and ideas that can be collaborated upon and implemented.

It takes leadership, support and community to do this. If you are a like-minded leader, grounded in practices of mindfulness and compassion and looking to join the movement, please connect with me.

Wisdom in business; wisdom is everybody’s business.

Much love and light,

Paula Pyne

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Wrapping Up the Business Paradigm with Wisdom

Coming Home, Part 1.

Wrapping Up the Business Paradigm

For those of you who have been reading my series on Disseminating the New Business brownstonesParadigm, thank you for following me down this path. I have been holding off on the conclusion. I needed to cultivate some curiosity, patience, and space for it to arise. After all, we live our experiences on divine timing. So, I’m excited to close off with this last post and to add some final thoughts about how Uplift is participating, advocating, and playing a role in leading the way. I also want to address what you can do today to make our world a better place. After all, we all have a very important role to play in this.

Even though this is meant to be a conclusion, I feel this last post is very much the beginning. We’re really just getting started and I hope you will help to spread the word and join in this movement.

A coming home with each breath. We’ll get there. 

The new business paradigm is here. There’s a movement in the world, an increase in mindfulness, a world interconnected by love, peace, and happiness, an accumulation of people who are driven to make this world a better to place for all of us. I am honoured to do this work and share it with the world.

We know that providing conditions of peace creates success. We have seen the positive effects of introducing mindfulness and wellbeing-based programming into business environments. 24% of Corporate America has already stepped up and I’m interested to see where Corporate Canada is at.

We need a higher perspective.

Our wellbeing has a place in business, in education, and in government. We know that when people are given the space and the nurturing to do what they are here to do, they naturally become more positive, joyous, and compassionate…and it’s out of this place that innovation arises.

This was my experience at Wisdom 2.0 Business last week at the Google New York campus. I left with great optimism and incentive to play a much larger role in bringing wisdom and compassion to business in Canada.

Before registering for the conference, I didn’t know who was on the speaker’s list. Typically, that’s the draw, right? Well, for me, I was called to attend, to meet with like-minded leaders, and to address how to integrate wisdom in business. I personally have big questions about how to boost wisdom, compassion and mindfulness in the Canadian business sector.

We began to dive into these questions over the course of two days. The attendees came together with presence, mindfulness, and an opening of hearts. There were no hidden agendas, just a fostering of individuality, and an acceptance of what needed to be voiced. It was such a delight to witness business and open hearts in the same room. I know I wasn’t the only one moved into inspiration and hope.

The New Voice of Business.

The speakers and attendees were diverse but the voice was the same and the environment, refreshing. Loving speech and deep listening created a foundation for innovation. The speakers were vulnerable, open, and honest in their dialogue. We bonded over interconnecting ideas, a sharing of wisdom, and the great possibility to bring mindfulness and wisdom into our everyday life–into our work. We, as business leaders, created a space and nurturing environment to do exactly that.

There was a great sharing of stories often centred around the idea of ‘coming home’. Funny, many mentioned that they felt as if they were ‘coming out of the closet’ as if to recognize the pride they feel in allowing themselves to be as they are despite societal/corporate expectation. Even poking fun at the question, ‘this is a wisdom event and it’s business event so how we are expected to dress?’  It seems as in the 70’s when the bras were burned, we’re now in the millennial burning of ties and traditional business attire. This is so exciting for me, this show-up-as-you-are mentality, since I’ve been politely told what not to wear (and how not to be) many times in business.

When we share our stories, we not only give great hope but we inspire others to do the same. You see, along the way, I’ve learned that we do a great disservice to others and ourselves when we don’t share our stories. The things that lie dormant in our hearts, that we’re afraid to speak of, that Mike Robbins refers to as ‘lying beneath the tip of the iceberg’…these are where we connect. Our vulnerability is our connection. And connection is good for our wellbeing, our soul, and our humanity. I get it. It takes vulnerability, courage, and strength to ‘come out and be who you are’. We’ve been living in a world that doesn’t cherish our innate natures, that doesn’t celebrate creativity or service. I’m sure you’ve also experienced moments when you’ve felt struck down by expectation or have felt squeezed into a business model. It’s not easy, especially when the one size does not fit all.

I remember when I launched my business; many asked me whether there would actually be interest in Uplift, in my style of offering.

They would say, “Paula, can you actually say words like ‘we’re going to close our eyes and breathe’ in a meeting?”

And I would graciously respond, “By the very act of working with me, you are going to get that anyway”. Still, for years I was selective with my clients, feeling tentative about what I was introducing. Now I meet people where they are on their path, with or without meditation. In the end, it was about planting very important seeds, with hope that they would sprout mindful, positive change in the collective conscious.

 It begins with me and it begins with you. It begins with the breath, the fuel which ignites our life force. The breath is our starting point. We come back to this beginning again and again. The breath embodies our peace and our ability to remain present. Through our breath, every thought, word, and action joins into the collective consciousness.

~ Paula Pyne

But here’s the thing: imagine if we all ‘came out’ and stepped into our true being, allowing our Higher Self to lead the way. Imagine if we revered the potential in each other, that we connected with our deeper wisdom. How would the world change if given a chance? When we give ourselves a chance, when we cultivate a sense of curiosity for what is possible, we become limitless.

There was a lot of light in that room. The energy radiated in the attendees and the speakers whether Goldie Hawn or Congressman Tim Ryan, whether Arianna Huffington or Mark Bertolini.

The conference left me feeling like I was on top the world. I was in my element and all of the signs I received throughout the two days were lighting up my path, reassuring me that I need to play a larger role. When Don Morrison, former COO of Blackberry, highlighted ‘getting right with yourself’ and ‘coming home to this better Self’—the very foundations of Uplift—I knew I was in the right place. After all, that’s the very essence of what we do here: we get grounded and we fuel mindfulness in each other and ourselves, which results in positive changes for the world.

In Part 2 of this post, I’ll share a few stories of the conference and suggest ways that you can bring wisdom, compassion and mindfulness to your workplace.

With Love and Light,

Paula

 

 

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It’s Just the Way…Of Transition.

I hope you all had a lovely season filled with ‘summer fun’ with lots of time off to rest, it-is-now-300x224relax, and recharge for the Autumn ahead.

Here we are in the throws of yet another transition. It seemed like yesterday that we were approaching the blossoms of summertime, fresh and light, and now here we are with the leaves beginning to change, the evenings much cooler, and the days getting shorter; Autumn is right around the corner. About this time, you’re probably well entrenched in your routine, whatever that might look like for you, whether it be back to school or work, or embarking on a new learning path or perhaps a new career or business venture.

Autumn is also a time of celebration, celebrating our harvest, and giving great appreciation to the things and people in our life.

Aside from the season changing, we’re in the midst of another transition. I’ve been speaking with many people in my network, whether friends, business colleagues, or family, and they all agree: there are some big things happening around us. Financial crises and political upheaval aside, the good news in all of this is the world is a happier place than it was five years ago. I was delighted to hear this and I am fully confident that this increase in happiness is connected to the fact that mindfulness, meditation, and yoga and spiritual practices are also on the rise.

The human race is transforming.

We’re in the heart of it—transformational change as a human race. In my mind, we have no choice but to go about our lives differently. We need to approach our lives at a slower pace, with compassion and care for the world around us. We need to live mindfully – to show up.

We all want connection, but we can’t connect with others when we are disconnected from ourselves. Love yourself, then share your ‪love.~ Margaret Paul, PhD

The problem is, in our everyday, we’re not educated to ‘be mindful’. Mindfulness requires a slowing down in a world that just seems to keep speeding up with the next greatest gadget or quick fix solution designed to distract us from our Higher Self. Yet this mindfulness is needed more than ever; we need to come back to our true natures and be an active part of the solution.

Becoming mindful in our society takes great courage. To be aware of who you are, good and bad. Mindfulness means facing the quirks and shadows, the darker side of your soul. You see, it’s out of the dark that we can see the light.

“No mud. No lotus”, as Thich Nhat Hanh would say.

It’s tricky. Right when I think I’ve got it, that I’m centred, mindful and connected, it’s gone. So the learning continues and I go deeper, peeling back the layers of my being. It’s not easy work, by any means…but what keeps me coming back to practice and this sacred space, is that I arise feeling a renewed sense of calm and equanimity in my life—one that emanates into the world. I hope for a peaceful world so I continue to practice. It’s the small part I’m playing in this world, helping others to do the same.

The energy around me lately has been intense. I have witnessed and experienced on a few occasions moments when I have found myself responding to forces of great resistance. It seems to be all around us, whether I tune into the news or am out shopping for groceries hearing a woman scream at another in the parking lot. It’s disconcerting to say the least but I try to maintain the awareness that each person has experiences we know nothing about. This is why it’s important to not rage back, even though it’s so easy to get caught up in it all. Emotions and feelings are contagion, especially when they’re close to you. In these moments, what we need is compassion.  And, to stop, breathe and feel.

We need to step away from the situation, go inside ourselves, and get grounded.

As many of you know, I am a follower of Vedic astrology. I fundamentally believe that we’re connected to the planets and have much to learn from this ancient science and its wisdom. So according to the recent forecasts, there is much movement happening in the planets that is impacting our lives. It’s just that simple.

Jyotisha provides an interesting map of the karmic forces active in our lives and provides deeper insights into the cosmic mind and collective consciousness.

Yogini Shambhavi Shakti Dharma says in her report,

“These are times for great clarity, caution, and discrimination personally and politically. Astuteness, awareness, and calm can bring about transformation at a deeper level spiritually. Deepening one’s sadhana with spiritual practices, mantra yoga, calming yoga asana and meditation will help manifest peace and harmony.”

Essentially, we need grounding now more than ever before.  I continue to lead a monthly meditation in service and teach weekly restorative yoga and meditation classes at Metta Massage and Yoga Clinic.

You’ll also be hearing my voice on Huffington Post, from time to time.  Looking forward to connecting with you there.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, please join me.

Love and light,

Paula Pyne

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