The Magic In You

Within the act of waking this morning, you have started something big. You have set into motion a set of beautifully arranged miracles that will spread like magic throughout the entire Universe. Everyone and everything that crosses your path will be affected.

Yes, you are THAT important.

As you grace the world with your presence, you become a force; your energy spreads, your desires search for their counterpart, and life unfolds to embrace you.

At the center of it all is you.

Every day you have a choice—a million choices—on how to move forward, how to respond, when to stay quiet, and how to act. With every choice, you can either be guided by habitual thoughts, old ideas, fear-based patterns or you can be guided by your heart, clarity and truth.

You have a choice to be guided by a force in you that is so big, so powerful, and so full of magic, yet so simple. It’s the simplicity of it that makes it easy to overlook, and sometimes difficult to recognize. It’s like the keys that go missing, and you search and search only to find that you’ve been holding them all along.

Those keys are your intuition.

And it is with you all the time.

And just like anything, your awareness, practice and dedication to it makes it stronger.

Here are a few ways to fine tune your intuitive pathways and clear out space so you can recognize its presence in your life.

• Care for yourself. Eat well. Exercise. Sleep. These basic components help keep you at an optimal level of functioning. Of course, life shakes things up and you won’t always be able to adhere to a strict and perfect balance; but always, always work toward it. If your body is tired, hungry or overworked/underworked physically, then it will overshadow the delicate and subtle energy of your intuition and make it difficult to feel and hear the truth that lives beneath your skin.

• Clear your mind. Monitor your thoughts. Be selective about what hangs out in there. Is it positive? Is it kind? Is it true? Is it the same damn thought repeating over and over again? Get it out. Bring your awareness to it, so that you can clean house. When your mind gets clear, intuition speaks the loudest, and it’s the only voice you need.

• Understand your emotions. Most of the time, intuition isn’t a thought at all, but a feeling. Get to know the way you feel. Emotions are usually attached to an outside event or physical response. Emotions don’t necessarily warrant action, they can come and go as you allow. A feeling that arises, unattached to any outside force is usually associated with your intuition. A feeling is a call to action; it needs you to listen and respond. Pay attention to the way you feel. Is it an emotional response or is it a feeling that comes from something inside; something deeper?

• Practice listening and act on it. Make a call to the friend who’s been on your mind. Take a rest day when you’re feeling run down. Try that new class that keeps popping into your head. When you practice, intuition appreciates the response and then gives you more and more to practice on. Start wherever you are—what do you feel like doing right now? How does your desire make you feel? If you feel open, spacious, or joyful, then it’s probably your intuition guiding you. Do you have the courage to act on it?

• Trust. Sometimes you may never know why you feel prompted to do what you do. We’re all connected, so sometimes your intuition is in service to someone else. Trust that the messages that come through you are a gift to you, but also a gift to the Universe, and sometimes you will see the purpose clearly, and sometimes you won’t. Trust that no matter what happens you’re right where you need to be, serving on the path you’re meant to travel.

This life that you’re creating with every breath, every thought and every action is your own beautiful creative offering. It is an offering to yourself and an offering to everyone and everything on your path.

Take care of it.
Be selective.
Listen.
Practice.
Honor it.
And be brave.

And if you’re still not exactly sure what intuition is or how to tune into it?

Try.

Your willingness to try is a force so powerful, it’s the only force you need.

Now go and set into motion a set of beautifully arranged miracles that will spread throughout the entire Universe.

Because you are THAT important.

And the world can’t wait to receive the magic in you.

xo,

e.

This post is also the topic of a KSL Studio 5 segment that aired on Friday, October 9th at 11:00. If you missed it, you can catch the replay right here. (If it’s not showing up just yet, check back a bit later…it will be up soon!) xo.

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How to Meditate Without Driving Yourself Crazy

There is no doubt that a regular meditation practice can change your life. It teaches you to tune in and understand yourself in ways you never thought possible. It strengthens your inner resolve to become a conscious observer of whatever comes up—both internally and externally—and opens up an unlimited source of inner space and peace.

It seems simple enough—just sit and breathe—but there’s this unruly, free-spirited influence called the mind—and it loves attention. When we try to ignore it, it just seems to get louder. Sometimes it helps to have a bit of direction, so here are a few tips to help make it more do-able:

  • You can practice anywhere, anytime, for any duration. And you don’t have to sit still. The important thing is that you’re comfortable, so if sitting in a pretzel position on the floor isn’t your thing, try a different position. And if sitting still makes you feel crazy, try a moving meditation instead. There are no rules, so be creative in your approach.
  • It’s important to recognize who’s in charge. I know it might feel like your thoughts are running the show, but truly, it’s the other way around—you have the power to control your thoughts—and meditation is a great way to get them organized and under control. Take a moment to observe your thoughts; if you’re observing them, then you can see that they are separate from ‘you’ as an observer. When you recognize the distinction, you can determine which thoughts you choose to keep and which ones you want to release. Furthermore, when you separate yourself from your thoughts, you’ll see that you can meditate on the essence of you that contains your thoughts, rather than be swept away by them. You can still meditate while there is some thought activity still going on—you’re just not getting wrapped up in whatever story is playing out.
  • Your mind loves to be busy, so give it something to do. Select a mantra (a word, phrase, or sound repeated to aid in concentration), or you can simply count from 1-10 over and over again. Using the counting method, the idea is to start back at one again when you notice that your thoughts have started to drift. (When I first started to practice meditation, I never made it past four). You’ll notice that in the beginning it’s hard to get the mind to stick to one thing—it’s sort of a free spirit—but meditation is about disciplining the mind so that you can use it as a tool, rather than the other way around. It’s just like anything else; it takes time and practice to develop strength and discipline—so keep trying.
  • It might help to think of your thoughts as creative little sparks of imagination, (sort of like little kids). Without direction, they dance and bounce all over the place, but once they gain a bit of focus, the possibilities are endless. So be kind and patient as you work with your thoughts. Politely ask them to settle down; give them some direction, and keep working on it. You may have to redirect your focus 30 times in two minutes—that’s okay! That’s why it’s called a practice, and it does get easier.
  • Another thing to keep in mind as you start a meditation practice is that you don’t have to try to figure anything out, or try to seek peace, because inner peace and wisdom is your natural state. All meditation does is help you slip into that natural state, which is sort of hiding beneath the static noise of the mind. As you practice, you’ll open up more and more space and you’ll realize that the peace you crave has truly, always been there.
  • One of my favorite methods is to just let it be. Rather than allow your mind to take center stage, simply allow it to remain, but turn the volume of it WAY down, so that it’s like a soft murmuring of noise far off in the distance somewhere. Then place your direct focus on your breath, your body, a mantra, or whatever you choose as an anchor point.
  • And, if in spite of all your efforts it still isn’t working out, simply try again later. Next time, maybe try a different time of day or a different approach. Whatever you do, try again.

The important thing to remember about meditation is that it is a practice and it does get easier. Let go of what type of experience you think you should be having or how it should feel—because if you get stuck on an idea of how it should be, the experience might make you feel even crazier than before you started.

And stick with it. Even if it feels like nothing is happening during the time that you actually spend meditating, it is having an influence on the rest of your life. Your intention to simply be present with yourself sends a powerful energetic vibration to the Universe, letting it know that you’re ready to expand your consciousness. Give yourself permission to experience whatever comes up and accept that your process is perfect in whatever way it manifests for you.

To help get you started, I’ve added an audio recording of a brief 3-minute guided meditation. I hope it helps. You can listen to that right here:

 

Also, I spoke about this topic on  KSL Studio 5 recently. You can watch the clip right here. I hope it helps.

I’m sending loads of love your way; happy meditating!

e.

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Write your own manifesto: Here’s how

First of all; just in case you aren’t quite sure about what a manifesto is, let me tell you.

It’s a statement about what’s important to you. It can be a personal statement just for you; it can be for your family, or it can be about the work that you’re putting out into the world.

And it’s kind of a big deal because it helps you get clear about your beliefs and what you want to attract into your life. Words carry a lot of power—especially words backed up by feeling. So when you write your manifesto, you’re making a statement about why you’re here, what’s important, and what you want to create out of your life.

There aren’t really any rules when it comes to writing your own manifesto, but I do have one helpful suggestion: Write from your heart, not from your head.

Your heart is the space in you that really knows who you are and what’s most important, so if you can tune into that space, you’ll tap into the feeling of your manifesto, which is where all the power is. In fact, the feeling of it is more important than the words and phrases you select. And here’s why: because feeling attracts feeling. Ever heard of the law of attraction? Well, a manifesto can be like a beacon of light, attracting the reality you seek. So if you want your busy family to all come together once in a while, write, “We are connected,” even if you’re not quite connected yet. Every time you read that phrase, the feeling will be there, and that feeling will attract the reality that supports it.

I know that for some, expressing yourself through writing may not come easy, so here are a few tips to get you out of the headspace and into the heart space:

1. Stream of consciousness writing. All you gotta do here is write. Sit and write whatever comes to your mind for a full 5-10 minutes. No, it probably won’t be meaningful or poetic, and yes it might be a full 5-10 minutes of writing about how you have absolutely nothing to write about. That’s okay. Because the point of stream of consciousness writing is to peel off the outer layer of nonsense thought so you can sink into the good stuff. So write about yesterday’s conversation; what you’re having for dinner later; or the fact that the bottom of your foot itches….you get the point. Just write.

2. Tune into the feeling you want to convey in your manifesto. Do you want it to inspire? Evoke love? Peace? Joy? Maybe you want it to be silly and light. Generate the feeling you want to convey. Use your imagination to call it up, or read through some other examples (scroll down) to get a feel for what you’re looking for.

3. Now, start a few sentences with I believe…, I feel…, or I am…. See where those sentences take you. Write as many ‘belief’ statements as you like, then sort through and select the ones that really stand out. And as you write, notice how you feel. The ones that make you feel something are the power words and phrases; use those. Or, if you’d like to get started with a script, hop over to this super helpful post by Alexandra Franzen…she’ll help get you started with some creative writing prompts.

4. Or, state a few truths that you know for sure: “Smile every day,” “Go to bed happy,” “Rise with the sun…” Don’t doubt that you’ve got some wise words to share. If it helps, imagine that you’re telling this to your eight-year-old self. As the wise person that you are, what would you like to share with a younger version of you?

5. Steer clear of words that place the action of your manifesto in the future. Words such as someday…, or I will…, those words will always reflect some time other than now. Write as if whatever you want is already happening, even if it isn’t yet.

6. Write it again and again. This will help free up any anxiety about ‘getting it right’. Just start writing. The first five drafts might be throwaways, and that’s fine. Great work usually starts with a few rough drafts.

7. Once you’ve nailed it; put it somewhere visible to you. Frame it up for your home, or if it’s personal, put it somewhere for your eyes only—hang it in your closet, or tuck it into your wallet where you see it every day. The key is to use it as a reminder of what matters most, so that every time you see it, you feel that sense of peace or love or joy that came through the practice of writing it.

8. Let go of any notions about how it ‘should’ be. This is yours, so whatever you write will be a perfect reflection of your unique creative expression and personal manifestation.

I love being inspired by other people, so I’ve posted a few examples of some of my favorites. I’d also love to be inspired by you. If you have a manifesto you’d like to share—whether it’s one line, or a whole page—I’d love to see it. You can post it in the comments below, or better yet, post it on Instagram or Facebook to inspire all of your friends; just be sure to tag me so I can see it: @emilyperry.yoga (on Instagram) or post it on the Make It Manifest Facebook page.

Also, I’ve recorded a segment on this topic for KSL Studio 5. You can watch the segment right over here. Enjoy!

And for inspiration to get you started on writing your manifesto, here are a few of my favorites, or hop over to my about page to read mine.

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Begin Anywhere Manifesto: Bruce Mau

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Focus Manifesto: Leo Babauta