GIVING. How generous are you? Do you give freely or are there usually strings attached? At a time when your bank account may be lower than last year and the stresses may be higher, it is even more important to understand the power of giving.
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From October 22nd through 25th, I participated in the SVN Fall 2009 Conference at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in California. I also taught a yoga class. The Social Venture Network brings together the pioneers of socially-conscious business to collaborate and connect in order to transform the way the world does business. My sister, Sheila Kennedy Bryant, joined me. I must thank Ed Dugger from UNC Ventures for inviting me again, and Deb Nelson, SVN’s Executive Director, for welcoming me back. I joined SVN in 2002 as an “Emerging Entrepreneur.”
ACTION. What do you need to accomplish today? Is something holding you back from living fully? What step can you take right now to bring you closer to your life vision? Many of us live in our heads. We create stories of what we will do and re-live the emotions of what we’ve done – for good or bad. This prevents us from being fully Present in the moment.
MEDITATION. Are you familiar with peace? Are your responses to challenging situations controlled or reactive? Could you benefit from greater focus, concentration and awareness? When people find out that I teach meditation as a part of the yoga sessions, it elicits a variety of responses. Some have questions, such as: “How long do I need to meditate?” “Would it conflict with my religion?” Others submit their own perceived limitations: “I can’t stay still.” “My mind is always full.” “I don’t have the time.” “I tried it but nothing happened.”
From May 21st through May 24th, 2009, I participated in the 5th Annual NAACP Leadership 500 Summit entitled “Ensuring our Legacy” at the Phoenician Hotel and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. I spoke on the Summit General Session panel entitled, “Let’s Stay Together: Maintaining Family Connectedness in Tough Economic Times” moderated by Hazel N. Dukes. I also taught morning yoga classes.
THE BUZZ: I spent the last four days at the Ananda Village ashram right outside of Nevada City in California. It was for the Yoga Alliance Board Retreat. One of the Board members lives in this paradise! Ananda is an ashram created by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) to teach the principles of Yogananda. At The Expanding Light, Ananda’s guest retreat, people from all walks of life can learn various aspects of yoga and meditation. The picture of these beautiful flowers was taken at the Crystal Hermitage which has the most beautiful gardens who will ever see. If you’re searching for a peaceful retreat, I highly recommend Ananda.
THE BUZZ: From January 16th through January 19th, 2009, I participated in the 6th Annual Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference at the Hyatt Regency. I moderated a Continuing Education panel entitled “The Business of Being a Yoga Teacher,” with Jason Crandell, Pretzel France, Cyndi Lee, and Rogelio Nunez. From March 5th through March 7th, I was once again with yoga pioneers at the Third IAYT Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research in Los Angeles. Yoga Alliance held a special event at the conference in celebration of its 10th Anniversary.
BOLDNESS. Are you hiding out waiting for life to happen? Do you let fear or doubt hold you back? What bold moves will you make this year to live authenticity? My Mom’s cousin, Juanita Jeanette Lindsey, died in Harlem at the age of 71. On the surface, Jeanette appeared to live an ordinary life, yet her everyday boldness made her extraordinary.
THE BUZZ: I was honored today to once again take a workshop with Tao Porchon-Lynch, one of my favorite yoga teachers. At 90 years old, she is stronger – physically and spiritually – than most people I know, and is a constant inspiration for my own life and many others. She often talks about allowing the yoga practice to come from the inside which is where your true power lies. She is indeed a PWR Broker – a light that shines so bright that you feel her warmth the moment you step into her presence.