Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Rest Deeply- Healing the Addiction of a Busy Brain


If a friend were to ask you “how is your summer going” how would you answer?          Honestly.


Probably the most common answer I hear is… busy.  I’ve said it more times than I can remember.  Except for this summer.  I knew at the end of May I needed a break.  The things I usually enjoyed doing exhausted me.  I felt tired.  Actually, more liked drained.  And after the passing of my dad on father’s day, I felt that last ounce of energy sink into a brain fog.  I needed to rest, deeply.

So I intentionally pulled back my summer teaching schedule, said no to many opportunities, and actually scheduled in breaks (like white holes in my planner!)  I was relieved.  And worried!  What would I do with this “spare” time?  Catch up on house projects? Come up with the next yoga series?  Finally, put those family photos in an album? (yes, I still do that, I’m old school). But, I had zero motivation to do any of that.  I couldn’t seem to enjoy my down time.  

Rest Deeply Tired Drained Exhausted
 

My mind would chime in with ego based thoughts like…

“you might be missing out on something!”

“you should really post on Instagram before people forget you’re

   alive and that you still teach for a living!”

“you will fall behind on all those projects your started!”

“you won’t have enough time!!!”

 

Even though I had less to do and my physical body was resting, I was unable to embrace the gift of a slower pace because my mind was incessantly busy.  Add to that the pressure of my neurotic way of processing the feelings of grief from my dad’s recent passing.  His death ushered in a sense of urgency to leave a legacy and “don’t let life pass by with my music still in me” (from the late Wayne Dyer).


 Have I done everything I have wanted to in this life?  No!

Would I have any regrets if life is at it is now?  Yes!

Will my daughters remember me as a role model for pursuing their dreams?  I don’t think so, because there is SO much more I need to experience with however many years I am gifted in this body.  And it is never a guarantee it will be til old age!


Round and round my tornado of thoughts increased as I sat in meditation.  It was not relaxing. At. All.

I also knew that this time was necessary for my spiritual evolution.  I know that my Intuition cannot come through when all I can think about is the next thing on my to do list or how I’m falling behind on work related tasks.  I desired to align with my Spirit’s higher calling for me, but the inner volume was way too loud and frequent.  I decided to get busy on dismantling the addiction of mental clutter.  In order to cultivate a sense of deep, restorative peace while still maintaining my sanity as a householder, I started to adapt to a slower pace of mind.

 

Here is what I have found useful on the journey:


Walk outside in the morning with bare feet on the grass with dew- perfect for grounding and connecting with Earth energy


Schedule a limited number of times to check email, social media, etc. so as to prevent the random and frequent checking throughout the day, which just perpetuates the scattered thinking.


Reduce notifications on the cell phone.  Every time we hear a bing! It’s like Pavlov’s dog syndrome.  Just turn them off (at least temporarily).


Create your own ceremony.  Most afternoons I take a short tea or cacao break and savor the smell, flavor and beauty.  Be fully present with the experience.


Reduce the number of books/podcasts/audios to ONE at a time (this is a hard one for me personally).  But I realized I continued to fill up my mind with more and more information thus draining my mental capacity.


Meditate outside.  Open your eyes and focus on one piece of nature (flower, sky, leaf, whatever calls you in).


A gentle yoga practice focused on the spine, which is our energetic connection to support and stability.  I have a free Yoga for Low Back Care Practice you can access.

 

What else helps you mentally de-clutter so you can enjoy your times of rest and fully restore?  Let me know in the comments!  Although I am still in the processing of this summer break, my Intention is to connect to that which feels lighter, freer and more at ease for whatever is to come.  Holding expectations loosely.  Being more mindful, present and joy-filled.

 And that is how healing begins…


Quiet the mind and the soul will speak

I am a big proponent of guided meditations to cultivate more mindfulness.  Follow me on Insight Timer for free guided meditations.


Blessings,
Brenda Carey

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Who is Lakshmi?

 

Who is Lakshmi?

She is the goddess of Abundance... Prosperity... Gratitude...




  • She is the the lush greenery of spring time.
  • She is all things in Abundance: money, relationships, joy!
  • She is the empathy toward those who are suffering.
  • She is the when you seek balance in your life- physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually.


She is called Shri in Sanskrit or "Auspicious."   Meaning, favorable or with luck.  

She is the embodiment of Abundance, Gratitude & Generosity.  She is the ultimate manifestor because there is no mentality of scarcity.
 

Where in your life could you use this perspective?
  Meaning... what would you do with your life if you knew that only abundance would be the outcome?

 

Lakshmi Energy doesn't have to try hard or control all the details of a desired outcome.  She flows with grace and ease in a constant state of allowing.  But, her Intention is aligned with healthy boundaries.  This new awareness has required me to really tune inward and focus on what feels good.  At times, this has given me permission to say no or give myself some space to what does not align with my heart's desire of self-love.


We can tap into her essence through certain types of asana (yoga postures),  meditation, pranayama (breathwork), hand mudras and mantras.  For example:

Yoga postures that create balance and feel nurturing like Restorative or Yin yoga.

Meditations that focus on abundance and gratitude like this one I created through Insight Timer.

The lotus hand mudra symbolic for light and beauty emerging from darkness.


If you are interested in learning more about Lakshmi energy, join me this Sunday, June 6th 10am-12pm MDT for my last Zoom class for summer break.  We will explore her qualities with nurturing restorative style yoga, meditation, mudra, mantra and a personal reflection through journaling.  If you sign up by June 5th, use the coupon code DIVINE5OFF for $5 off.  CEUs available for yoga teachers! 





Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Who is KALI?

 Do you recognize the energetic patterns in these examples?

  • Forest Fires that burn away old trees but later new growth emerges.

  • A severed relationship that forces us to stand up for ourselves.
  • Struggling with a dis-ease that makes us re-evaluate and change our lifestyle choices.

These examples are the qualities of the goddess Kali in yogic mythology.  She is destruction... revolution... and all things that require painful change.



I think Kali is misunderstood as only rageful or violent.  There is a fierceness to her style that feels scary, but from her Energy emerges transcendence.  She is ultimately liberation from our ego's agenda to stay comfortable, which can feel like tough love.  There can emerge great beauty and deep wisdom from struggle and pain.  This "rising up out of the ashes," I have experienced personally with my own struggles of back pain from spinal fusion and autoimmunity.

There has been alot of change and friction over the past year in our world, and perhaps in your personal life. 


Where do see this Kali Energy in your life?

What needed to be broken down so you could evolve into more of who you are meant to be?  

I created this audio meditation to help with releasing tension and frustration when moving through this Kali-like Energy.

If you would like to explore more of the goddess Kali though her story, asana (yoga postures), mantra, mudra and journaling for a personal connection, join me this Sunday, May 2nd from 10am-12pm MDT via Zoom.  CEUs available for yoga teachers. 

Sign-up for this Kali Workshop soon!

Learn more about me and my journey of yoga and meditation at Sacred Path Healing Yoga & Reiki.

Would LOVE for you to walk this Sacred Path with me!




Monday, April 5, 2021

Who Is Durga?

  • She is the courage to step into the Light from a inner place of Darkness.
  • She is the strength to move forward even if the future is unknown.
  • She is the transformation from an old habit into a new way of Being.



Durga is known as the "Fortress" because of her strength to protect those who stand for goodness and righteousness.  She is a blend of courage and compassion to battle "demons" (whether actual or metaphorical) and help overcome difficulties.


To invoke her qualities, I recorded a meditation called Courage for Durga Energy to tap into Durga's qualities.

This Sunday, April 11th, I teach another Divine Feminine Yoga workshop embodying this Energy of transformation, courage and strength.  We learn about the goddess Durga through her mythical story, yoga postures (asana), breath work, mantra & mudra along with a personal reflection on how to cultivate these qualities in our own life.

Sign-up for this Durga Workshop soon!

Learn more about me and my journey of yoga and meditation at Sacred Path Healing Yoga & Reiki.

Would LOVE for you to walk this Sacred Path with me!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Who is Saraswati?

 

Who is Saraswati?

She is the goddess of Intuition... Insight... Creativity... the Arts



  • She is the goosebumps on your skin when you hear captivating music.
  • She is the unrehearsed wisdom that pours out in words when your heart is open.
  • She is the awe-inspiring silence when looking at a beautiful sunset.
  • She is the flow of creative words that pour onto the page of your journal.

She is called the "Flowing One" and we can tap into her essence through certain types of asana (yoga postures),  meditation, pranayama (breathwork), hand mudras and mantras.

Experience her qualities in this Ocean Waves Meditation that I created.

On March 7th begins a once a month online Divine Feminine Yoga series.
Learn about 4 of the most popular goddesses of yogic mythology: Saraswati, Durga, Kali & Lakshmi.  Each month, we explore a different goddess from an energetic and spiritual connection.  This is NOT a religion class.  Recordings are available if you cannot make the live Zoom class. 




Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What is Shakti Energy?

 

Brenda Carey Yoga Meditation Reiki

I realize that you have probably heard this before, but it's a good reminder:

Everything IS Energy.

This includes our movement, thoughts, feelings- all things seen and unseen.  In yogic traditions, this is called Shakti, the creative power of consciousness that is the underlying conduit of All That Is.  This Life Force Energy expresses as the feminine qualities of birth, renewal and also destruction.

We can see this Shakti Energy in the flow of a river or falling snow.  We feel it in our heart beating. We demonstrate it in our motion with muscles and neurons firing.  We connect with the positive aspect of this potential when...

we create a work of art,
push pass a perceived mental limit,
breath so deeply we calm our nerves,
let go of a destructive habit.


For  me I connect with this Shakti Energy as I write in my journal, when I channel Reiki , and when I hike up a mountain.

  How do you harness this creative feminine Force?

The yogic sages believed that this creative Force could take on forms- like gods and goddesses who personified a particular vibration.  But let me be clear, Shakti transcends gender.  As Sally Kempton says in her book Awakening Shakti...

"Invoking your inner goddess isn't a girl thing- it's a chance to tap into the deepest source of empowerment, creativity and happiness."

Maybe you've heard the names Saraswati, Durga, Kali and Lakshmi in a yoga class- and it's totally okay if you have not.  Each goddesses expresses unique qualities, their own energetic signature, that we can tap into in order to raise our own vibration.  Would you like to learn more?

If so, please check out my monthly
Divine Feminine Yoga online series where we gain a personal connection to each goddess.  This is NOT a religion class, but an exploration of their energetic qualities through asana (yoga postures), meditation, mythology, mudra, mantra and sacred sharing.  If you sign-up for the series (see dates below) by March 3rd, you receive $20 off with the coupon code DIVINESERIES.  You can also sign up for a workshop individually.  CEUs available for Yoga Alliance yoga teachers.


Divine Feminine Yoga Shakti

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

About Me- Brenda Carey

Honestly, I didn't love yoga at first...

After scoliosis surgery and a fused spine at the age of 19, I needed to learn how to be in this new body with all it's limitations.  And that was just the physical awareness.

Then I listened, really listened, to my inner voice while on my mat.  It was NOT kind.  I berated, compared, and judged myself constantly.  But, it was the beginning of being AWARE of the habitual patterns I had accumulated- both physically and emotionally.

Over the past 20 years, I have chosen a holistic lifestyle that includes practicing yoga postures, meditation and then later Reiki.  I have learned to listen deeply without judgement to that still Voice Within.  She calls me to BE authentic, to connect to my Intuition and to know...

I AM LOVE.

Through a process of self-acceptance by honoring my body and becoming aware of the powerful energy of my thoughts, I continue walking this sacred path to wholeness and healing.

 I enjoy creating inspiring yoga classes and workshops to connect students to a meaningful and heart felt experience. I love teaching a variety of styles of yoga and meditation while often incorporating Ayurveda, yogic philosophy, spirituality, Native American teachings, sound healing and Reiki.

My Intention is to serve the community to be mindful and authentic creators.

I am the owner of Sacred Path Healing Yoga & Reiki, LLC.  I received the 500 hour yoga teacher certification in 2020 from Camp Utopia in Longmont, CO and the 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2011 from Bodhi Yoga in Provo, Utah. I am an E-RYT-200 and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider with over 1,200 hours of teaching experience. I am also a certified Elise Miller Yoga for Scoliosis trainer specializing in back care.  Since June of 2016, I became a Master Reiki Teacher and continues to attune Level 1 & 2 practitioners.

 When not on my yoga mat, you can find me on hiking trails all over Colorado and the west.  I enjoy camping and fly fishing with my family and rock climbing with my friends.

Rest Deeply- Healing the Addiction of a Busy Brain

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