Building an amplified community

Today I spent a lot of time on the phone with a yoga teacher, trying to hash out an accurate description of the class she will teach on Wednesdays in March at MSY.

It was an exciting creative process that I was even aware of as it was happening and I actually pulled out of the convo for a moment to comment on how cool it was that we were having this incredible discussion about Tantra, and prana, and introspection and transcendence. It made me want to meet with her more often just to “talk shop.”

It occurred to me that I am really lucky in the people I know, but also know that I make my own luck much of the time.

If there is one thing that is undeniably true about me it is that I need people around me who share my interests and passions.  So my strategy is to try to rope them into my corral.

“Did you ever consider being a yoga teacher?”

“Have you read this book?”

“Do you know about this podcast, this TED talk, this  food, this meditation technique?”

I do this because I need playmates.  I need people around me who are ENGAGED IN SOMETHING. I need the people around me to be living lives that they are passionately stoked about.

The yoga teacher and I hammered out the conceptual framework for her class for March, then I wrote and sent my newsletter, and then I dashed to my meeting with my test group for the book I am writing, and there again I noticed how much I love the people who are attracted to, and love to talk about the same thingsI love to talk about:

What do you love?

What do you not love?

What are you doing?

What do you stand for?

What is amping your vibe at the moment?

These things really MATTER to me. And incredibly, these things matter to these people, too.

Tonight I had this crazy thought: What if I could revolutionize this town? What if I could be the force that starts to dispel the pervasive toxic cloud of apathy and laziness that hangs over this place?

What if I could enliven a critical mass of people, amplify their vibe, until  there would be a felt energy shift in this ‘hood?

Wouldn’t that be cool?

Today’s Power Questions

What am I happy about? All my new  yoga classes and my yoga tribe!  I love my yoga peeps!

Excited about? A hiking vacation in Yosemite planned for this June!

Proud of? I completed 21 days of the Clean program.  Woot!

Grateful for? Oh, so many things!  I am grateful to be able to afford good, clean food. I am grateful for my warm home and for its total lack of conflict and its consistent good cheer–always. I am grateful for the turn of the seasons and the noticeable return of the light.  I am grateful for my sweet friends and my lovely family.  Amen.

What am I enjoying most right now? The way my new way of eating is making me look and feel. I am still drinking green juice in the morning, eating a very light dinner and having my main meal at mid-day.  I have brought back a glass of wine on Friday and Saturday, and 1 cup of coffee in the morning. Oh, and a square of exquisite chocolate sometimes. :>

What am I committed to now? I am still committed to Holosync everyday (today is day 427 without a miss).  I am also committed to posting here 5 days a week (this is week 27).  And there will be a book by the end of this year!

Morning Power Questions for Today

What am I happy about?    Sun in November, decent weather, a few blessed days off to heal.

Excited about?    Trip to Rochester tomorrow.  The prospect of a new computer.  Dinner party tonight with Tim and Jackie.

Proud about?    Maintaining my streaks with this blog (currently in week 13), writing in my paper journal (day 49 without a break), Holosync (day 328).  And most of all, staying true to my higher ideals.

Grateful for?   See #1 and add to that my relative good health minus this injury, a happy and a beautiful home, a supportive yoga community, and a few sweet friends.

What am I enjoying most right now?    Free time without lots of commitments.  Time to sleep and heal.  The sun!

What am I committed to now?    This blog. And Holosync.  And my paper journal.  I am also committed to getting better.  Eating better.  Sleeping enough.  Drinking fluids (can’t get enough of Get Smart tea!).  I am also committed to nurturing my relationship with my Inner Wisdom Guide.

That most of all.



Morning Power Questions. Evening Power Questions.

On the little table next to my Space Chair I have a pile of books.  One of them I picked up today on a whim because I was plumb out of ideas for my daily pen-scribble.

The book was Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins.

I have tried to read this book a number of times but always bailed because he is rather long-winded.  Good, but very “anecdotal.”

I picked it up again today, opened to a random page and read about Morning Power Questions and Evening Power Questions.

From what I gather, these questions will set your trajectory (morning) and cause reflection (evening).

I wrote them down and answered them as my write for the day.  I felt “sweetened” as a result.  Here they are.  Try them for yourself if you like.

Morning Power Questions

  1. What am I happy about in my life now?
  2. What am I excited about in my life now?
  3. What am I proud about in my life now?
  4. What am I grateful about in my life now?
  5. What am I enjoying most in my life now?
  6. What am I committed to in my life now?
  7. Who do I love?  Who loves me?

(substitute “could” for “am” if you get stuck.)

Evening Power Questions

  1. What have I given today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. How has today added to the quality of my life or how can I use today as an investment in my future?

Nice, huh?  I plan to practice with these for the next 10 days.  I’ll let you know what happens.