Warm greetings, friends. I don't know what's spreading faster - the Covid19 Delta variant or the wildfires across the globe. There is currently so much pressure on everyone and we're in an intense relationship with fear. Whether we're refusing to be afraid or allowing fear to rule our judgements, our fear and stress levels have a higher baseline. Do you find yourself responding more from a place of fear or stress these days?
When I'm afraid or stressed, I tend to react from a place of anger. I dislike this habit of mine, even though I obviously needed this behavior as a younger person. I work hard at leaning away from anger and leaning into vulnerability and authenticity. It's really difficult to shift old patterns that no longer serve us, especially when there's so much pressure in the world.
Many mood balancing pharmaceuticals shift our autonomic nervous systems from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic systems, from our system of fight, flight, freeze to that of rest and digest. We can also create this shift through our behaviors in the what we choose to eat, our sleep habits, breathing exercises and pranayama, and by getting plenty of downtime and rest.
I hope that you choose to lean into your parasympathetic nervous system as much as possible during these challenging times. For me, I work to lean into understanding others and changing myself. I also hope you have a great last half of Summer 2021. Peace.
August 7, 6:30-8PM CT. I'm so excited to teach this Outdoor Sunset Maha Mrityunjaya Yoga Nidra workshop that blends the therapies of chanting, mantra, restorative yoga, and yoga nidra - yoga sleep. The Mahamrityunjaya is a special mantra that the Dali Lama also uses to support healing and peace. I'll chant it as you deeply rest your mind and body in a restorative yoga pose. In person, on Zoom, also recorded. Save $10 as a subscriber to my newsletter! Email us for info on the discount. Info on the workshop is here.
To be clear, there's always been anti-Asain racism in America, it's just more obvious now and more violent. On May 20, President Biden made history by signing an anti-Asian hate crime bill, saying ""For centuries, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, diverse and vibrant communities have helped build this nation only to be often stepped over, forgotten, or ignored. My message to all of those who are hurting is, we see you. And the Congress has said, we see you. And we are committed to stop the hatred and the bias."
If you also want to be an ally to stop hate crimes against Asian Pacific Island Desi Americans - APIDA:
-check your biases
-don't assume you're the authority on how to help others, or authority about anything, especially if you're white
-donate money or time to help the APIDA cause
-boost ADIPA signals by sharing on your social media and talking about important issues, learn about some here
-don't be a jerk to yourself or anyone
What are other ways you think you can help? Thanks for being an ally and not part of the problem.
Black lives matter. Racial injustice is slow to change and the struggle must be steady to make sustainable shifts. Donate, call, march, pray, and most importantly, start with examining your personal biases and have those uncomfortable conversations with yourself. National Resources for BLM.
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