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

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Here's to a more enjoyable holiday season!
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