Wise Words: Nobody knows what the hell they’re doing?

“Don’t listen to other people’s advice. Nobody knows what the hell they’re doing.” – A 93-year old
Translation: We are innately intuitive and infinitely more wise than we give ourselves credit for.

 

Over a decade ago, I was blessed to meet a young Buddhist practitioner who’d completed a 3-year retreat in her 20’s. At the time, I was searching for answers. The worldview I was given from my family no longer made sense to me and I was unhappy. The woman had many wise things to say but the one piece of wisdom that forever changed my life was, “Whatever you do, march to the beat of your own drum.”

 

Those simple words gave me permission to follow the unanswered calls in my heart. Those simple words gave me the strength and courage to listen to the answers, and the wisdom, that I already possessed.

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“Darling, I am here for you” and other Buddhist wisdom

This is an interview from a few years ago with Oprah and renowned Buddhist teacher and monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. They talk about his life, the history of his practice and also the 4 mantras to bring happiness to your relationships, the first being “Darling, I am here for you.”

The first mantra is ‘Darling, I am here for you.’ When you love someone, the best thing you can offer him or her is your presence. How can you love, if you are not there…you offer him or her your presence. And your true presence. You are not preoccupied with the past or the future, your projects. You are for your beloved one.

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It Starts Now – Alan Watts

This is another talk from Alan Watts full of gems…a lifetime of study and realizations encapsulated into 3 minutes and 51 seconds.

“Transformation of human consciousness through meditation is frustrated so long as we think of it in terms of something that I myself can bring about. By some kind of wangle, by some kind of gimmick. That leads to endless games of spiritual one upmanship. And of guru competitions. Of my guru is more effective than your guru. My yoga is faster than your yoga. I’m more aware of myself than you are. I’m humbler than you are. I’m sorrier for my sins than you are. I love you more than you love me…all that can just fall away. And then, we get this strange feeling that we have never had, you see, in our lives except occasionally by accident. Some people get a glimpse. That we are no longer this poor little stranger and afraid in a world they never made. But that you are this universe. And you are creating it at every moment. Because, you see, it starts now. It didn’t begin in the past, there was no past. See if the universe began in the past, when that happened it was now.”

“That’s an extraordinary job. So, cheer up. You can’t blame anyone else for the world that you’re in. And if you know, you see, that I – in the sense of the person, the front, the ego – really doesn’t exist. Then it won’t go to your head too badly if you wake up and discover that you’re god.”

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Wake up & Leave the mind alone. – Alan Watts

Alan Watts shares wisdom on who we really are and the nature of the mind. I love the original audio from his talks combined with modern images and music.

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The Anatomy of Trust

Another amazing talk from Brené Brown. In this session, Brown discusses the anatomy of trust (with her acronym, B.R.A.V.I.N.G.) and finds that trust is built on the small moments in life.

http://www.oprah.com/video_embed.html?article_id=59794

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Video: Empathy vs Sympathy

I love this funny and touching animation created to the soundtrack of the inimitable Brene Brown’s talk on the difference between empathy and sympathy. It’s a great reminder that if we listen to others in pain from a perspective of connecting, we step out of our own stories. We step out of distancing ourselves in the “great divide” of self versus other. And isn’t this the essence of yoga? Isn’t the sacred space of empathic connection the essence of union?

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Top 5 Natural Skincare Products for a Growing Belly

There are so many great options for natural skincare products that are safe and beneficial during pregnancy. I like products that are gentle, nourishing and moisturizing since I tend to have dry skin with occasional eczema – all of which are also suitable for a growing belly!

Here are my top 5 picks (with product descriptions from their respective brand websites) to keep your skin healthy and happy so you can focus on all the other changes happening in your body-mind-life as you get ready for your baby…

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