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About Jennifer Langsdale

Yoga Instructor 500 hr Certified Shiva Rea Prana Flow® Instructor Director of Awaken Yoga Studio and School Certified Thai Yoga Instructor Founder of Body Wisdom™ Therapy

Finding Tranquility Everyday Day 22: Building a Tranquil Vision Board

Only a Virgo would put Tranquility and Organizing in the same sentence. I iStock_000025919769Mediumhave to admit, when I am organized, my thoughts are organized, my time, and my practice. When I can just sit at my desk without moving a pile of paperwork, that means I have a clean slate to work with.

I have been making small payments to have shelves made for my office to a woodworker. I am getting closer to getting it done, and I am thrilled, since I spend many hours a week in my office space for my business. The paper work pile up has been increasing since my life involves a business, kid’s, a rental property, and whatever else I am trying to learn about in life.

Yesterday, I took at my bulletin board, which is a sort of vision board. It starts out clean on New Year’s, and then gets cluttered up with lists, calendars, my sons crafts from school, oracle cards, quotes and inspirational finds of all kinds. Well, it was so cluttered, I think I stopped looking at it. Yesterday I took it all down.

I needed a fresh start.

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The way I look at it, I set one year goals in January, and it is August, I got 3 solid months left to accomplish some things I set I to do this year. As I took down items off my board, I started a list of what I wanted to finish this year. It really helped empower my thoughts. Remember the planting your celestial garden blog? Well this fell along that track.

I am only as powerful as my intentions.

My intention to focus on what is important is essential to my life. I am excited to build an end of the year vision board. So my list of goals includes:

  • Finishing my online herb school program
  • Fall Gardening and Planting
  • Planning a full day with my mother this fall
  • Saving for the holidays
  • Schedule my birthday week off
  • Spending an afternoon at the Herb Society in their library
  • Getting to the Art Museum
  • Winning our court case
  • Finish something I am writing

So, here are some vision board ideas you can do to get yourself ready for fall. Think of this as a self devotional space for your wall. I like doing it as a bulletin board, rather than a poster board collage because I think to take things down as I accomplish them. I think keeping your list to 10 things or less at this point in the year will be good.

You will need

  • Cork-board or something to pin things too
  • Your power list of end of the year goals, be realistic
  • A few things to charge it up, like positive quotes, poetry you like, pictures that inspire
  • Thumbtacks
  • Flyers for events you want to attend
  • A print out of a calendar maybe highlighting some possible end dates if you like that to keep you on track.
  • Maybe your word of the year, cut out and posted real big for to remember
  • Your intentions written out clearly at the top of the board.
  • Any other things that you feel will inspire you.
  • Save some room to add to it later, and remember to check in on your board once a day to remind yourself of your visions
  • Clean it up every new or full moon

When you are ready, go to town pinning things up. Make it your own personal, real live pinterest board. I am excited for this approaching full moon. I feel the energy building towards my intentions, but just how my life is lining up.

 

Finding Tranquility Everyday Day 21: Morning Tranquility Meditation

Good Morning!

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Today marks that threshold of being close to the finish of our 30 days. With limited setbacks, I feel I have really accomplished something these last 21 days. I am excited to bring to you and audio recording for you to enjoy for your meditation practices.

At this point, I would suggest you try to engage in a 10 minute practice now, everyday. This would be a great investment in your time and is an easy goal towards developing a meditation practice. I enjoyed my practice outside today. I feel the most tranquil and detached outside. Outside, I am away from my office, my chores and my family, so I can really engaged in some much needed quietude.

I hope you enjoy this short practice. You need around 13 mins to listen to the whole audio, but eventually you can skip the intro and just do the breathing and meditation pieces. I wish you a tranquil day!

Benefits of Meditation and Mindful Breathing Practices

  • Better Sleep
  • Improved Concentration
  • Feeling of Balance in the Mind and Body
  • Clarity of Thoughts
  • Mindfulness
  • Better Listening Skills
  • Reduction of the Monkey Mind

Nadi Shodanum and Meditation Audio

Enjoy this Audio introducing you to the channel purification breath and self-guided meditation practice. All you will need is a quiet place to sit, a comfortable way of sitting in a chair or on the ground so your spine is straight, and a way to listen to this recording.

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Mudra or hand positioning for Nadi Shodanum Breath

Finding Tranquility Everyday Day 20: The Tranquil Sunday To Do List

Today, just pick one thing to do for yourself that is self-care.

Grow your Self and your Yoga Practice

Here is a list of all the things I have offered you these last 20 days, and a few new!

  1. Take a yoga class somewhere new
  2. Make yourself an amazing healthy meal with all this fresh farm produce out there. (this is my thing today)
  3. Try a new yoga pose after you do your salutations.
  4. Refresh your sacred space for the start of your next week, sage it up good!
  5. Make yourself a new playlist for the week for your yoga or your drive to work.
  6. Try the neti pot. 
  7. Try a different meditation. 
  8. Journal, on anything with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, and some soft music.
  9. Take a bath or foot bath.
  10. Go to the beach and watch the sunset, or a twilight walk in the park.

How to Sage Your Sacred Space

Macro or close up of dried bush of sage on abalone shell

  1. Buy a sage smudge stick or clumps of white sage
  2. Gather a bowl of sand or salt to extinguish with
  3. Take a few cleansing breaths and then light then end of your sage with the intention being to purify yourself and your space.
  4. “Smudge” or circulate the smoke of the sage around you and the area you wish to cleanse.
  5. You can do this with windows closed and then open them or keep them open the whole time.
  6. Extinguish the sage in your bowl.
  7. Sit quietly for a moment and just notice.

All of these things sound good to me! Enjoy a peaceful Sunday.

Finding Tranquility Everyday Day 19: I Can Change

I love this journey. It is like a meandering path, working it’s way in to the center, and then out again. Have you gone on your labyrinth walk yet? You will understand once you do. Since we are all working ourselves out again with the full moon approaching in a little over a week, you will find a few things may be happening:

IMG_8815Your energy field so to say, is hopefully changing.

There are some goals you might have set or have reached.

You are noticing your thoughts and behavioral patterns.

You are just more aware of life and life around you.

I worked myself in deep at the beginning of this journey. My creativity was at a high. I got to my center. It felt great. As I work my way out, I am noticing some garbage I need to clean up along the way.

This is tidy up time.

I have some family stuff going on, don’t we all. I don’t like it. It hurts, makes me angry, makes me lose my Zen place, and I do not feel heard at all. This garbage is causing me stress. This stress is causing me to leak a bit, making it a bit harder to stay in the “I am releasing negativity zone.”

This goes right along with my affirming intention though of seeking clarity. As I wind my way out of my celestial labyrinth, I am able to get clarity along the way. Remember, yoga is a process of undoing first, in order to come together.

We all process life in different ways. I get that and understand that. What I do not understand is those not wanting to change, when life is short. Holding on for dear life. I got on that roller coaster a few weeks ago so that very thing would not happen. I needed to make sure I checked my fear and my willingness to take a risk.

I Can Change

IMG_0674 JLDid I want to? Not really, risks mean a challenge. Challenge means getting out of my comfort zone, not everyone likes to do that. In the end, what do we have to lose? Pride? Ego? Vulnerability? Non-Acceptance?

Every situation is different. I know that the examination process of finding tranquility everyday is that I surrender a bit, stay present, keep my creativity up, be a good listener, and accept what life throws at me.

I pulled a card today, it said:

I can gradually change my vibrational frequency.

It may sound a little out there, but that is all we are doing when we change our thought and lifestyle patterns to become better versions of ourselves.

What have you noticed or changed these last few weeks?

What do you need to work harder and smarter on?

Enjoy the day now! Reflect as needed, but find that space within you of change and tranquility will come!