Sunday, December 9, 2012

Fear is the mind-killer.

In high school I was a huge Dune fan.  I read every book in the series and then had to see the movie when it came out. I share this quote from the book/movie Dune by Paul: " I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear's path, and only I will remain."

Now, I haven't read this quote for quite sometime and perchance happened upon it  when I  was reading an article in Elephant Journal about One spice That Fits All Imbalances.  Now bear with me as I go through my thought process.  But the "spice" thing and the image they posted triggered the Dune thought. Of course I had to find out exactly what the correct verbage was for the quote so I did a google search and came up with an entire slew of DUNE quotes and as I read through them the one about fear struck me as relevant to life.

I grew up with Fear.  Fear of not being liked, fear of the dark, fear of dying, fear of drowning, fear of fear.  It controlled me yet I did nothing to stop it.  "Fear is a mind-killer and it is a little- death that brings total obliteration." The character Paul was right-  There is nothing to fear but FEAR itself.

A few months ago.  I was attempting to do sirsasana (headstand pose) but I held on to the fear of what if I fall... what if.... when I heard the yoga teacher say you have to open to grace and in doing so embrace your fear, look it straight in the eye. In preparation of the pose I took a deep breath, stilled my mind and looked at my fear. (After all what's the worst thing that could happen? Fall over?) With out even realizing it my legs went straight up, in perfect alignment.  I only dropped out of it because all of sudden I was overwhelmed with emotion of giddiness and lost my concentration.  I had to do it again just to see if I had really done it.  I did.  I permitted fear to pass over and through me and came out the other side to find- waa la- I was still there!  It was one of the most freeing realizations that I limit myself when I let fear bind me.   When you open yourself to grace, you allow yourself to see things from a different perspective but if you want change you have to act on them as well. It's not enough to merely think- you have to do. Don't let fear stop you. The words I can't, I'm afraid, I could never or anything like that should never pass your lips or roll around in your mind. Be mindful. FEAR NOT, you will remain.


Friday, December 7, 2012


(C.J. Hobgood, Teahupo'o. September issue, 2005. Photo: Brian Bielmann/SPL)
 I was in a yoga class the other day  when the instructor shared about his only experience in going to church. On that day, the preacher said: "God don't like no lukewarm. God likes cold. God likes hot. But no lukewarm."
Now I'm not sure if God likes cold because what I remember is God likes passion.  This I can relate to. I can also relate to the NO lukewarm thing.  I like it a lot, in fact you could say I'm hot for it.  I think this relates to every aspect of our life not just in a spiritual way- though I think if you have your spiritual side right- your going to see the rest of your life fall into line. because you're grounded, your centered.
How many times have you had done things half heartedly? Didn't want to do something but said yes anyway? Maybe you were tired, but said yes anyway.
Don't engage in half-measures. Pick a side. And commit. Are you living your life half-committed- to your kids, to your spouse or partner, to your work, to your health, to your workout.
Go big or go home.
When you see a big wave surfer charge a wave he doesn't go half way and then decide not to follow through. He's already committed. Let's say you ARE tired, but you decide to engage. Switch on, be present and connect. Or, if you say no, be kind and honor yourself and whom ever your saying no to, whether it's your spouse, kids or your job. The only way you can tap into your life, is if you are wholly present and vulnerable. In each encounter; this has to be re-won, this journey to openness. To softness. It's not only the ability to move forward and DO and GO but it's cultivating an ability to let go,  to say no when you have to.  To NOT do things in a lukewarm manner but to live deeply with passion. If I remember correctly that is why God doesn't like the lukewarm.  We should not be lukewarm in any area of our life. It's the journey there that is the work
You're either in or you're out. Which are you?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Left Over Pumpkin?

Living on the mainland has reeked havoc on my skin. The summer heat drys out my skin and then the winter cold  drys it out as well. It's like getting a double whammy!  Here's three reasons  to love pumpkin: vitamin A- it aids cell turnover, antioxidant vitamin C- it brightens skin and evens pigmentation, and zinc- it has antibacterial effects.  Pumpkin also regulates oil production, reduces the appearance of pore size and protects your skin against free radical damage.

These recipes I use religiously in the winter; it's cost effective- cheaper than going to a spa for the same treatment and if you're like me it saves me time by doing it at home while I can multitask at home doing something else.  Plus it makes for a good laugh for my 8 year old!

You can always freeze the excess pumpkin you don't need till you're ready for it- I find that if I freeze it in ice cube trays then put in a freezer bag and take out what I need when I need it- works like a charm!

Pumpkin Facial (1 application)
2 tsp. pumpkin
½ tsp. honey
½ tsp. milk
¼ tsp. cinnamon spice
1. Mix everything together into a paste. Brush onto freshly cleansed skin. Let dry 15-20 minutes.
2. Rinse with warm water. Follow with serums and moisturizer.
Pumpkin Body Scrub (1 application)
½ c. cooked pumpkin, pureed
½ c. brown sugar
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients.
2. Stand in tub or shower stall. Using a damp washcloth, scoop up a bit of mixture. Apply to body, starting with your feet and working your way up (avoid your face). Scrub gently using circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

One of my favorite blogs...

Food: A Love Story

Eating is one of my favorite pastimes... healthy eating is even more important.  The discovery of this blogs enables everything I love about healthy eating.  After traveling over Thanksgiving it has taken a while to recover and get back on track.  This Deep Sleep Tonic is a perfect remedy to aid in recovery as well as good for you- way better than the other options out there.  So feeling a little stressed- exhausted and need some good sleep- click on the link for the perfect solution and discover the beauty of Laura Plumb's wonderful blog!

Here's to a more enjoyable holiday season!
Deep Sleep Tonic

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Plastic Problem

This is one of those serious problems I think we don't think enough about.  Came across this woman's blog and thought it was worth throwing out there.  I've almost eliminated plastic from my kitchen. I try not to buy anything when I grocery shop that's in plastic and I save and reuse all my glass jars.  Being mindful daily is part of life's journey in being responsible, regardless of whether it's consider difficult or inconvenient.  We wimp out too much. We say the words- "Oh I could never do that." Well then, yes I guess you can't because you've already defeated yourself right there.  You don't have to do it all at once, a little bit at a time, baby steps.

The Plastic Problem | The Plastic-Free Chef:

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thank you yogatrail! Don't forget to laugh....

Laughter is one of the best medicines!
This was posted via my friend's facebook page.  I had to laugh.  It is so true! Here's to discovering yourself in yoga and not to be put in a box regardless of what you or anyone thinks of your journey! Be mindful on and off the mat!

~ Lucy

Friday, November 9, 2012

How High Are the Stakes for You? | | Kim Anami

I like Kim Anami.  Some people don't because they don't feel uncomfortable with her genre of what she does.  While I may not agree with her across the board on her philosophy, I do think there is some relevance to what she says and teaches.  I do agree with what she says regarding her recent posting which I've linked to.  I can say this because I've experienced it first hand.  Believe me when the stakes are high and your hand is forced- you become truthful in a very painful way that the only way I can explain it, is in the same way you would cauterize an injury.  You do it to heal. Yes the truth sets you free. No, it isn't easy. Yes there is pain sometimes very extreme. And yes, things change- even the ones you call friends you surrounded yourself with.  I think it's relevant not just in your relationship with someone you love but in your life in general.  The stakes were very high for me two years ago and worth every penny of it! I'm glad it happened when it did because I'm not sure I would have ever realized it otherwise.


How High Are the Stakes for You? | | Kim Anami:

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Info worth mulling over...

Okay, I didn't write this article to this link but I think it is highly relevant- especially since I hear this a lot and while I feel those I know in the yoga community are tolerant and have no problem with other religions I usually hear a lot of opposition from the Christian community- that being said  I thought there was a lot of wisdom that this woman had to share and it's worth reading and besides that I enjoy the website of MindBodyGreen as well.

Can you be a Christian and a Yogi

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


We've all heard the saying, " You are what you eat." Well the same goes with what you put on your skin.  Your skin is considered the largest organ of your body.  It filters and protects so it's worth thinking twice about what you're putting on it.  

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• Sixty percent of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.
• Your body can absorb up to five pounds of chemicals a year from conventional beauty products.
• Organic products have fewer irritants to sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

Here is a great link to a fabulous deal if you are interested in switching to something healthier for you skin!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Noah Maze Yoga- Online

If for some reason you cannot make it to an actual classroom, Noah does an incredible online coarse. Teaching the fundamentals.  I just took this course and highly recommended it.  He turns no-one away and offers scholarships. If you want to deepen your practice and learn the fundamentals of each pose this is an excellent way to do it and interact with others online - it's a fabulous opportunity!

Anna's Second Wind...

I know of Anna through my yoga instructor, Michael Fukumara.  Such a beautiful young woman with strength and grace.  Her testimony of her life is a tribute to those around her.  It makes me appreciate the breathe I am able to take everyday.  It makes me mindful every time I think about complaining or being grumpy.  One of my favorite inspirational quotes, " Having a rough morning? Place your hand over your heart. Feel that? That's called purpose. You're alive for a reason."  
So the next time you want to say or do something that passes from your lips that is not positive or is negative- be mindful and think how it influences those around you. Take a deep breathe with those perfectly good lungs of yours and know you have nothing to complain about.  I'm always amazed at the people I know who go through severe tribulations yet they have joy, they have peace and love and then I know healthy people who have no clue to that- may they look past their fears and find what they are searching for!

Monday, November 5, 2012


An amazing testimony of never say I can't!  I see Jeremy down at Cardiff Reef all the time getting in the water to surf with the help of his friends.  It's my goal to live every day without the words "I can't" in my vocabulary and to be the type of friend, sister, mother, daughter, lover in helping others realize the same thing!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Road to Life...

There are many roads to life, all of them lead somewhere but it is what we do on our road that is invaluable.  Sometimes it takes getting "hit by the bus" figuratively speaking to make your journey count.  This is exactly what happened to me.

This quote by Carl Gustav Jung drives that home:

"There is no coming to consciousness without pain.  People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul.  One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."

It has taken me 46 years to come to this realization and ALL the absurd things I did to avoid "facing my soul"  but I am ever thankful to start that journey now than to never have the realization.  Where is your journey?  Where is your road to life? Are you hiding? Insecure? Putting your existence into material things? Living your life through your children?

Take time.  Sit quietly. It may be painful but don't look away. Embrace it.