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Manifesting as if things already exist

IMG_1354We have all heard about manifesting I’m sure but if not it can be defined as “displaying or showing (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance; to demonstrate”. Essentially creating something that you would like to exist in your world. We all chose to be embodied in this world to create. The chakra located right below our naval is connected with our sense of creation is called the Sacral chakra – why because it is our entire purpose to create here. We are always creating something whether it is through our thoughts or actions.

One of the key components of meditation is to become aware of our thoughts so that we don’t get caught up in them. Our thoughts are either connected to our Higher Self or our ego. The original thought (gut reaction) is our Higher Self or intuition speaking and then any thoughts following that is our ego. Have you ever noticed that your ego is constantly complaining or creating drama in your life? The purpose of meditation is to become aware of your ego doing this and pull yourself out of it.

You might be asking why I brought up mediation… and that is because it has a lot to do with manifesting. Whatever we think – becomes. Here is an example: Someone may be so worried (thinking about it all the time) that their significant other will cheat on them. Guess what eventually happens.. the significant other cheats! NOW – if we practice meditation and gain awareness, meaning we can catch the worrisome thinking and flip it to a positive like “My significant other is so attracted to me and always wants to be with me.” What do you think is going to happen? Just that!!

Now there are some other important factors in manifesting that we often forget…

  1. We say the desired state as if it already exists. Notice I didn’t say “My significant other will be so attracted to me and will always wants to be with me.” I said “My significant other is so attracted to me and always wants to be with me.” If we don’t state it as if it already exist then the Universe doesn’t always know when we want it. So maybe this might be some other significant other down the road… or later after they cheat they change their mind. Here’s another example. Say you really want to move to San Francisco… you wouldn’t say, “I want to move to San Francisco.” You would say  “I am moving to San Francisco.”
  2. Now, let’s take deeper look at this move to San Francisco… we need to help the Universe out even more… so we have the statement  “I am moving to San Francisco.” Great! But when??? You haven’t told the Universe when you would like to go. You might be moving there when you’re 80. Let’s get more specific!  “I am moving to San Francisco January 1, 2018.”

love-your-selfOk so let’s review:

  • Become aware of the thoughts you don’t want and flip them into desired states.
  • State the desired state as if it already exists.
  • Be time specific.

Now start creating the life you have always dreamed of! AND always show gratitude.

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Life’s Patterns

Have you ever noticed that the universe provides you with the same experience over and over again? Do you ever have moments where you feel like you are dating/in a relationship with someone who is similar that the person you just broke up with, and maybe the one before, and maybe who is like your dad or mom?

Before we are incarnated into this life, we sit down and make choices of whatLife's Lessons lessons we want to learn during this
lifetime and until we learn them the universe will keep providing us with opportunities to learn our lessons. You will literally be given the same situation over and over again until you learn how to deal with it differently. Find a new tool to add to our toolbox of skills.

Let me give you two examples that might help you understand what I am saying better.

 

First example:

I have always been a girl who loves to live without drama in her life, but for a long time I just kept having to deal with drama mostly with other girls, one relationship after another. The typical response (looking back I can of course see what I would do over and over again). I would get upset with someone because they didn’t meet my expectations (I am not sure I even expressed to them what my expectations were!!) and I would speak my truth or try and set boundaries (people don’t like it when we do this!!). Then in return they would get defensive and say mean things. I would
reach out to 3 people.. my husband and 2 best friends to get vindicated and to see if they thought I was being an ass. A few of these experiences and then the girl and I would no longer be friends. Rinse, wash and repeat – it would happen again.

HMMM… Finally! I became aware of this pattern one day. I was presented with an email from a girl friend and I watched myself start my pattern. BUT something different happened this time. I had been practicing Ho’ponopono, it is the act of I'm sorry,Please forgive me,Thank you,I love youHo'oponoponosaying “I’m sorry, Please forgive me, thank you, I love you.” So I started practicing it and don’t you know things shifted for me. I began to understand and feel love and compassion for my friend who could not let this go, wasn’t I too doing the same thing by reaching out to my 3 people to complain. I also then felt a great sense of love and gratitude that I had these wonderful people in my life to reach out to. I then just felt so grateful for the entire experience and all the experiences that brought this drama in my life so I could learn this lesson and move forward. I sat and cried with so much love and joy!  BUT, the universe doesn’t stop there, she makes sure you really get the lesson – so of course one more! AND don’t you know this person apologized via email. Funny the coincidence I was reading the book Zero Limits by Joe Vitale and he had the same experience emails and all!

Another great example would be with my love life. I have dated and married very similar personalities to my father. They kept finding me and I kept seeking approval from them. I also didn’t know how to stand up for myself or set healthy boundaries. After getting my divorce I found one of my teachers and she helped me learn to fall in love with myself and truly love ME! Again, the person that had to change was me. Now I am able to have a healthy loving relationship with my husband. BUT I had to change myself in order to have this. I also had to love myself in order to find him! Otherwise guess what? The pattern would repeat itself.

The beautiful thing about these patterns is once you work through them it not only helps you, but it helps the other person who is connected to this pattern. You see we seek out each other to play out these lessons – in yogi terms it is called our Lila. <3

These lessons were very simple – yet profound. I have learned that I cannot create expectations and not share them and get upset with others when they are not met, I need to set healthy boundaries with others and I cannot seek approval from other people – I must find that within myself.

What patterns have you found happening in your life? What are some of the great lessons you are seeking in this lifetime?

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Election got you feeling all the emotions? Here’s a nice reminder.

taboo tuesdayDear Family,

There are many of you who are distraught, anxious and fearful of what may come and there some of you who are excited through the moon, but please know that everything always works out! There has never been a time that this hasn’t been the case. What happened today is just a reflection, a projection of truth. It is a mirror image of where society really is and to deny that is just compressing it. We are all racists, all sexists, and all judgmental. A lot of these thoughts are kept within ourselves because we are judging them to be terrible things. I admit to those qualities within myself and I have seen them in reactions towards his behaviors. Here is a person who is just able to state his thoughts out loud – to be really vulnerable. The true question you need to ask yourself is what is it about him that really upsets you because it is a reflection of what you don’t like within yourself. How can you take that knowledge then and do something different?  

Then I want to you ask yourself what is the worst thing that could happen out of all of this? Really get down there in the worst situation and then just keep going. Then ask yourself what is the best thing that could happen from all of this and then keep going to the best thing ever!  After you have done this find somewhere in the middle to sit because this will most likely be our reality and then you can find that sense of peace in balance, find the space of neutrality. Have feelings about it, but continue to remind yourself that it will all work out!

Hopefully through all of this it will just allow more space for love and compassion instead of hate. All these things are coming up because we have been pushing them down. Now it’s time to be passionate about something – passionate about changing yourself first! We can only make a difference that way. We can only love fully and be compassionate towards others when we have mastered that within ourselves. So instead of weeping about today, think of what a great opportunity you have been given to do some work within yourself to get to that space of complete love and acceptance for yourself first and then for others.

At the end of the day we know that in our society one man/woman doesn’t have all the power – there is a whole group of people who have to make the decisions. BUT the power you do have is within yourself – how you decide to move forward with how you love and take care of yourself.

 

Yoga BINGO

Welcome to our BINGO challenge!

What is Be Here Now Yoga BINGO?

Be Here Now Yoga BINGO is filled with fun and inspiring yoga-related activities, challenges and accomplishments that you’ll find in each of the squares of the BINGO cards. If you complete a row/column/diagonal, “X”, “#”, or the whole card your name will be entered into our raffle to win a prize!

Prizes

Yes, not only will this challenge guide you into a deeper yoga practice, foster a stronger Be Here Now community and make you feel endlessly happy but you can also win prizes! Prizes are:

  1. If you complete a line, a column or a diagonal of 5 you will be entered into a raffle to win your choice of a Manduka Headband or a Be Here Now Totebag. We will pull 12 winners.
  2. If you complete an “X” shape you will be entered into a raffle to win a BKR 16 oz Water Bottle or a Young Living Essential Oil. We will pull 2 winners from this raffle.
  3. If you complete a “#” shape you will be entered into a raffle to win a Manduka Mat or a pair of Buddha Pants. We will pull 2 winners from this raffle.
  4. If you complete the whole board (you’re amazing) you will be entered into a raffle to win 1 month free membership. We will pull 1 winner from this raffle.

 

How To Play

Challenge starts March 6 and goes until our last class on March 19. We will announce the winners of BINGO at our 1 Year Anniversary Party on March 20. Grab your Be Here Now Yoga BINGO card from our front desk staff or a teacher next time you are in the studio. Write your name on the mat and tape it on the BINGO wall.

Just a note: one activity can be applied to one block. For example if you take a Yin Yoga class that can be applied to “Be Different” or “Be Calm”, but not both.

We’ve got beautiful BINGO markers so when you complete a block don’t forget to ask the front desk for the marker so you can proudly stamp that block out!

 

When you share with us on social media make sure you tag us, here are our handles:

Facebook: Be Here Now Yoga, Healing and Wellness

Instagram: beherenowyogadc

Twitter: @beherenowyogadc

 

Winners!

You’re all winners in our books! The prizes however will be announced at our 1 Year Anniversary Party on March 20. We will also email the winners and write it up in our following newsletter.

Meatless Monday – Acorn Squash with lentils, spinach and Sauce

IngredientsRed Lentil Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash cut in 1/2

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Lentils

Spinach

Spaghetti Sauce

 

Directions

  1. Cut the acorn squash in 1/2 and place it on a pan that has been greased with Olive Oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Bake in oven until tender
  3. Meanwhile, cook lentils until soft. Add in tomato sauce and spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted.
  4. When the squash is ready, spoon in the lentils and sauce and serve!

Soul food Sunday – To My fellow Beloved Human Beings

human beingsYou Exist, high-five! I am so grateful for Every One and their experiences in this lifetime, especially those who share their truths. I was blessed with the opportunity of being misunderstood recently, and realize that is the majority of what ends up happening when we communicate, especially over social media, through texts and technology that claims to connect us with one another. One thing that I’ve been curious about in recent days is how we’ve learned to communicate with one another, and that judgment has been something we’ve learned to do, yet, we are born curious. We all have our stories and experiences that make us unique to who we are, and the reality of being human is that we also all come with challenges, wounds, pain and a vast existence that differs from the fellow humans living beside and around us every single day.

These following three definitions come from Webster’s Dictionary. The first edition of Webster’s Dictionary was complied in 1828 by Noah Webster. Before then, just for the sake of learning, how mind-boggling is it to think, all the definitions at some point or another were made up by various people who put these definitions together, to explain words that were created at one point, to then become what we now know as the English language. Then over time, we created the importance of language and what that meant for how our societies and cultures breed what education looks like. As important as education is, it is something we have the opportunity to be curious about. Discern for yourself what is important and what is not. These definitions come from the English language, one of thousands and thousands of other languages on the planet that have various meanings for the same things we put meaning to. Here are the three definitions:

Judgment:

The forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind

Curious:

Eager to Know or learn something

Discernment:

The ability to see and understand people, things, or situations clearly and intelligently

We’ve adopted judgment and what that means for us differs as well. There is a difference between judging, being curious, and discerning. What I’ve experienced in my life, and what I often here from other people as well, is that taking things personally affects how we color the situation, or communication taking place. We do this, but we are all trying to simply communicate the best we can with discernment. Sometimes it comes across as Judgment sometimes curiosity. We were born curious of our differences, and we’ve learned judgment over our lifetime from others. I can only ever speak my truth. My truth is that I am from a smaller town in Minnesota, in the Midwest of North America. I’ve had the privilege of living in California on the West coast of North America, in Australia on the southeastern coast, in Grenada, the southern most Caribbean Island. I’ve spent time in Cambodia, Thailand, New Zealand, France, Holland, Mexico, Peru, and Canada. I currently live in Washington DC, the Capital of The United States. The community in which I currently reside in makes up diversity that breed deep conversations of how we’ve learned to be who we are, and what we identify with. The most beautiful element of our community is non-judgment. We listen, hold space and allow one another to be diverse, different, and cultivate strong freedom of expression. I’m deeply grateful for this every single day. I come from a family of people who Love first and foremost. There is so much Heart in my family; I feel it no matter where I am in this world.

For me and through my experiences, I’ve discovered many things. Through those discoveries I’ve come away with the two most important. We’ve all learned to judge people differently based on where we come from, and we all are intrinsically the same. Naturally each individual that makes up the Human race wants to feel Love, wants to feel Peace, seeks connection, wants to feel safe, wants to be heard, seeks acknowledgment and validation, and wants to be happy. We also want to be in control of our lives. What a word, Control. Our perceptions of what this means are incredibly vast as well. It is easier for us to try and control others before we take control of our lives and ourselves. We only have control over how we respond to any circumstance that comes our way. We can choose to judge, be curious, and/or use discernment.

My point is, is that through my experiences I’ve observed the intrinsic connection that we are all in this together. We’ve learned to separate ourselves in many ways. I cannot judge another’s life at this point in mine, and for many years I judged others in my own way. I can honestly say that when I look at any other human being, I only see the Divine and feel and sense the purest form of every Being I come in contact with. For those who really know me, you know this is my Nature.

This writing is dedicated to all of my Beloveds who have misunderstood me in any way, who have taken anything I’ve said as judgment towards them, or for judging my life in any way. All I can say is I love you, and I am in this experience along side you doing my best, and waking up each morning with the intention to Learn, Love and Evolve.

 

In’Lakesh

(I am another yourself)

Katie Randall


IMG_1128You can catch Katie teaching on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30am or  schedule a Yoga Therapy Private session with her.

Meatless Monday – General Tso’s Tofu Stir Fry

I’m really excited to try this recipe from www.minimalistbaker.com

Prep timeAMAZING General Tso's Tofu in 30 minutes! Spicy, sweet, protein rich! #vegan #plantbased #recipe #glutenfree
Cook time
Total time
Extremely flavorful, General Tso’s Tofu Stir Fry in just 30 minutes! Spicy-sweet, protein-packed, and a healthier spin on takeout!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free, Asian
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
FOR SERVING optional
  • 3-4 cups (474-632 g) cooked white or brown rice
  • Steamed broccoli
TOFU
  • 12 ounces (340 g) extra firm tofu
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) tamari or soy sauce (tamari for gluten free eaters)
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup
  • 4-5 Tbsp (28-35 g) cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) neutral oil (such as grape seed or canola)
SAUCE
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced (~1 heaping Tbsp or 7 g)
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g) ginger, minced
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) rice vinegar (or sub white vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup (48 g) coconut sugar or maple syrup, plus more to taste (I used 2 Tbsp coconut sugar, 2 Tbsp maple syrup)
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) tamari or soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) water
STIR FRY
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) sesame oil
  • 1 bundle green onions, bulbs removed, roughly chopped
  • 4-7 dried red chilies (optional for heat, or sub 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce | more or less to taste)
  • optional: Sesame seeds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. If serving with rice and broccoli, begin preparing at this time. Otherwise, move onto the next step.
  2. Wrap tofu in a clean, absorbent towel and set something heavy on top to wick away moisture, such as a cast iron skillet. Let rest for about 10 minutes.
  3. Prep/chop green onions, garlic, and ginger at this time. Set aside.
  4. While tofu is pressing, prepare sauce by combining sesame oil, cornstarch, minced garlic, minced ginger, rice vinegar, coconut sugar or maple syrup, tamari or soy sauce, and water in a small mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine. If using coconut sugar, make sure it’s dissolved before proceeding. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed (I left mine as is).
  5. Heat a large metal or cast iron skillet (mine is 10”) over medium heat. In the meantime, unwrap tofu and cut into even pieces, about 3/4-inch cubes (see photo).
  6. Add tofu to a shallow mixing bowl (see photo) and top with tamari or soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, and maple syrup. Toss to combine. Let rest 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Use a slotted spoon or fork to transfer tofu to a quart-size or large freezer bag. Add cornstarch 1 Tbsp at a time and toss to coat. Continue adding more cornstarch and tossing until tofu is coated in a gummy, white layer – about 5 Tbsp.
  8. To the hot skillet, add 2 Tbsp grape seed oil and let warm for 30 seconds. Then use a slotted spoon or fork to add tofu to the pan (leaving any excess cornstarch behind).
  9. Cook on all sides for 1 minute, or until light golden brown. You don’t want it blackened or burned, as you’ll be cooking it again later with the sauce. Aim for a consistent golden brown crust (see photo). Remove tofu from pan as it’s finished browning. Set aside.
  10. Return skillet to burner and increase heat to medium-high. Add 1 Tbsp sesame oil, chopped green onions, and dried red chilies. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  11. Add the sauce and tofu. Cook, stirring frequently, to coat the tofu and vegetables for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through and the sauce has slightly thickened (see photo).
  12. Remove pan from heat and add sesame seeds (optional). Toss to coat.
  13. Serve with rice and steamed broccoli (optional), or other desired sides. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave.
Notes
* Recipe loosely adapted from Pure Wow and Food.com. Tofu method adapted from The Kitchn.
* Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings without additional sides, such as rice or broccoli.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/2 of recipe* Calories: 624 Fat: 35.3 g Saturated fat: 4.5 g Carbohydrates: 62.5 g Sugar: 36.6 g Sodium: 2774 mg Fiber: 4.5 g Protein: 20.4 g

Emily Moore’s Five Favorite Things!

 

  1. Vegan Chocolate Brownies. YES. Very few desserts can fulfill my chocolate desires like a rich brownie. Sticky fingers in Columbia Heights has a very good one. Other chocolate is good too. Here is a recipe for raw chocolate fudge from the cookbook Rawsome: 1 cup pitted dates, ¼ cup cashew butter (or other nut butter), ½ cup coconut butter, 2  tablespoons cacao powder, ½ teaspoon vanilla powder (or vanilla extract), put everything in the food processor until smooth and sticky, press into bottom of baking pan, refrigerate for an hour or two.

 

  1. Practicing yoga with my Sangha. I love going to a yoga class, singing kirtan, or talking about yoga philosophy and spirituality with my dear friends. Have you noticed yet how many kind and supportive people surrounded you when you come to Be Here Now Yoga. Yoga practices bring out our best. What if you surround yourself with company that supports your spiritual development and is working genuinely on purifying their mind and bodies so as to be a gentler presence on this planet? You might find growing peace and meaning in your life.

 

  1. The great outdoors. Staring up at a sequoia, standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, or cross-country skiing in the mountains of my hometown in West Virginia it’s so easy to let go of the things that cloud my mind in the day to day and just feel present and free. If you are having a bad day, go pick a nice rock in the sunshine in the middle of Rock Creek, sit down, and let nature administer its healing medicine.

 

  1. Receiving the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra. Dharma Mittra is a true yoga master. Find a teacher with integrity and deep knowledge in whatever area you want to learn and respectfully and enthusiastically avail yourself to him or her. Learning from masters is a great use of our time. They are rare, but if you want one, you will find one.

 

  1. Laughing. I don’t do it enough. :)

 


You can catch Emily teaching at BHNY on Thursdays at 12pm for a Vinyasa Flow. Stay after for her amazing yoga nidra at 1pm.263599_10150230931763800_431982_n