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The Inner Spark

Letting go, moving on, closing a chapter, becoming a new person, starting from scratch, changing direction or starting down a new path. Whatever phrase fits you best…we will all at some point experience “it”.

We all have, at some point had to ‘let go’ in our lives and it is likely there will be many more to come, however it is the letting go part that truly scares us, as we are forced to trust what the future brings. We are fearful of the unknown and of making wrong decisions that may lead to ‘failure’. This often results in us clinging on to what we used to have and finding reasons to continue hanging on to it.

We seem to forget the saying that, “every time a door closes, another one opens”. When we are faced with a scary situation, we delve so deep into it, that we fail to see the bigger picture and so allow our emotions to take control and lead us blindly.

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Your emotions are the tears of your heart. Let them surface, allow them to flow but don’t let them take control. Consciously and mindfully tell yourself, “Sadness is running through me”. Be aware of the emotion, accept it and just as consciously, let it go again.

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When a scary “moving on” situation arises in your life, take a step back. Although it seems hard at this very moment,

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Right now, life is giving you the chance of starting over new, of recreating yourself and the life you are living. Peeling off all those outer layers and embracing the YOU, you have been from birth. The YOU that through all your life’s happenings has hidden in the deepest most sacred corner of your heart and is now breeching the surface like a free diver catching a breath of fresh air.

There is never really an end to anything…not even death can be called an ending. What is an ending anyways? Ever wondered? I ask myself that question every time I close a chapter. To me, it means change and yes, change can be scary but change can also be exciting. It depends how you wish to see it and how you let it into your life.

In fact, what you call an “ending” is in reality, a multicolored, sparkling, glittery, loud and clear, explosive ‘new years’ style firework wake up call; from you, to you.

So brush off the dust and move your sweet ass into gear and explore the vast wonderland hidden inside you. To be more precise; it is a blessing in disguise.

There is no other beautifully bittersweet way to make you realize that you’ve grown. Congratulations! BAM!! In reward, change is knocking at your door. You have become something bigger and now life wants you to take action according to your personal growth.

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Don’t go and cut your hair, move home, buy a cat or talk more spiritually. Sit•And•Listen. There will be a constant struggle with your emotions telling you otherwise, telling you to go back to who you used to be. That’s ok. These emotions are again, •just•running•through•you•not•defining•you•. What will define you are your actions. Whether you choose to listen to that inner ticking time bomb, that silent firework, that wake up call, or whether you will allow your emotions to take control again.

No matter what you choose, your emotions will always be there with you and that is the greatest gift we have.
Don’t get me wrong but that •Inner•Spark• though, will only arise occasionally, just once every so often, here and there…if you care to notice it.

Maybe it’s in that silent morning hour when the world is still asleep but your mind is wide awake, or when the sun disappears behind the ocean and contentment is running through you. Maybe it appears when the elevator door closes in front of you and you realize it is just you and the four walls around you or maybe it arrives when life just wants to tell you, it knows better than you do.

My question to you my friend is; will you listen? Will you trust? Will you have faith?

 

 

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Danae Borsani is a German/ Italian Yogi, lives on Mallorca and is a passionate Yoga teacher and Blogger, soulseekergirl.com about what she does best: The Art of Yoga, Food, Travel and Health. She inspires her readers toward a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost: How To Create A Life of Endless Adventure

We’re all yearning for a life that means something. Too many of us are stuck in jobs that drain our emotional and physical energy. We hoard vacation days, dreaming of the next wonderful trip to the next wonderful place. Perhaps you’ve always loved traveling and experiencing new sights, sounds and cultures. Or perhaps you moved around a lot as a kid and still feel the pull of the wide world calling to you. A life that includes all your dream travel destinations is possible, now more than ever before. Living and working abroad is not only attainable but becoming more socially accepted as people continue to strive for work-life balance.

And just because you love to wander, it doesn’t mean you’re not grounded.

 

Seek Your Bliss

Constantly searching for what makes you happy doesn’t make you selfish, it makes you human. We weren’t put on this planet to suffer. We’re meant to live a life full of joy, friendships, endless adventure, and beautiful experiences. This doesn’t mean there won’t be heartbreak and stress along the way. But it’s all part of the journey to mold us into who we were meant to be.

 

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

lynne5If you always go to the same places and do the same things, the only thing you’ll learn is how to learn to hate the place you once loved. Having favorite places is wonderful and a fun way to relive old memories, but if you never venture any further you won’t know how far you can go. Write down a list of places that you think are fascinating, even intimidating. Think big, then think bigger! If your list doesn’t scare you just a tiny bit, you’re limiting yourself. The bigger you can dream, the more rewarding the experience will be when it arrives. Now take that big destination bucket list and GO!

 

Put Down (Internal) Roots

Living a nomadic life can be all at once exhilarating and draining. As you embark on your life’s next journey, make sure you have some internal roots established. This can mean a consistent prayer or devotional practice, a grounded yoga practice, or any other means that help you stay centered in our fast-paced world. This groundedness will be tested on your journey. The thing that has always kept you centered may feel like it fails you at one point (or many times). But it will also be the thing that can keep you on track. Coming back to the mat can help you feel at home on the beach, in the jungle, on a boat or in the desert. Setting aside a few moments for prayer or meditation can allow you to create a more open heart to whatever experience comes next. If your internal roots run deep, there is no limit to how tall your spirit can grow into your life.

 

Learn and Grow

Speaking of growth, you’ll never be the person you thought you set out to be. And this is perfectly ok. Journeys, no matter how far or near, long or short, always teach us about 11653243_10200457745023583_1753905419_nourselves. You may find the love of your life along the path. You may lose that love. You could end up with your dream job, one that you never imagined having. Whatever the journey brings your way, know that it is all meant for your good. The universe works in ways that conspire to create a more meaningful and fulfilling life for each of us. You’ll do the most evolving you’ve ever experienced on the road, but that evolution will be the greatest experience of your life. It is the experience of life.

 

Never Stop

Living abroad stops becoming “abroad” if you’re never in one place for too long. You become a true global citizen. You’ll cultivate an appreciation for small luxuries and comforts, but become stronger for the things you’ll learn to live without. You’ll see the world through eyes that aren’t new, but wiser. Seeking the good in every situation, learning the lessons set before you and “earning your stripes” as a wanderer will change the way you look at life. It’s the only one you’ll be given, so if your soul is calling you to go, who are you to stop?

 

 

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Sara Sherman is a freelance writer, yogi and accidental island girl living on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Contact Sara via her website at www.SaraMSherman.com, and read more about her island adventures at www.IslandersFromIowa.com

11 Ways to Identify ‘The Call’ Toward a Non-Traditional Lifestyle

After six months of teaching yoga on-the-road, I’ve returned to my home city of Atlanta to reflect. I recently posted an article about how to get started as a traveling yoga teacher, but I’d like to share how I even knew I wanted to move in this direction with my life and my teaching.

So why choose this? Why choose a lifestyle filled with adventuresome and unpredictable geographic challenges over something else? If I’m honest with myself, then the answer is that I didn’t actually choose this. It chose me. It called to me, and was relentless about calling to me until I decided to listen and then follow.

So what are the hallmarks or signatures of your heart calling you onto a path that may not be so easy, but will certainly teach you the lessons your soul is yearning for you to learn?

‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.’ –Rumi

 

1) The desire was relentless. I couldn’t escape it. I went to school, I got a degree, I began a job in my field of study, and yet this thing wouldn’t let me go.

2) I couldn’t stop myself from daydreaming. My mind invariably went to this place whenever it could, and this 2015-11-28-17.30.05question, of “but what if I actually tried doing __________ instead of the job I’m currently in?” continually emerged. I played out all different scenarios in my mind – quitting my job, telling my friends and family what I was planning. I imagined their reactions in a perfect world, and their reactions in my mind’s projection of the real world.

3) As I daydreamed, I’d wonder, “Ok, what if I really DID just do it?” and instantly my heart would begin to race. I allowed myself to let the logistics go for a few moments, and instead move consciously and with clear intention into a perfect creative daydream space.

4) Once I let the dream take me over I’d invariably feel my insides expand exponentially on all sides. I felt like I could take over the world – no, the Universe. From this expanse, suddenly nothing felt unattainable. I’d realize I was smiling from ear to ear, and couldn’t remember when the creep of a smile even started. I felt like I was running in the direction of this thing couldn’t see, or grasp, and yet I felt like a magnet drawing everything I wanted toward me.

5) As soon as I would get deep into a glorious daydream, those twinges of my current reality would pull me back out, and I’d tell myself that I was being entirely unrealistic. I’d tell myself it could never happen. That I should stay exactly where I was because I had a good thing going. And yet, I couldn’t help but wonder “what if?”

6) I knew I wasn’t running away, but instead I was running toward this ‘thing’, this unknown future, with all it’s possibilities. And it was this Unknown that kept me dreaming. This was not an impulse.

7) These ups-and-down left me feeling uncertain. I’d tell myself these were silly dreams and to get back to life as it were, and that life couldn’t possibly exist in this fantasized reality.

8) When I would come to my yoga mat for reflection or meditation, I was able to recognize that I was largely just afraid of making such a huge change. I was afraid of people questioning me because I was definitely questioning myself. How2015-12-05-12.00.59 could I even begin to justify this gigantic life decision to them? Then I realized it was My life. It was My dream. I didn’t need to justify that to anyone. I just needed to honor this dream by living it out.

9) When I again moved into the space of mentally living out my dream, the vision began to nourish me. As I was filled up by this nourishment, the fear that bound me to an unfulfilling job, and the tailspin that uncertainty kept me in, finally released. I felt that feeling which made my heart race, my cheeks hurt from smiling, and made my insides explode with a billion stars reminding me that the Universe was completely inside me.

10) From this place, I surrendered and allowed the feeling to take me over, and in doing so the worries began to subside. I let the weight of these fears melt off my body like I was snake shedding its skin, revealing a new version of myself, a new path, a new life.

11) This vision, this call, this life healed the parts of myself that kept me small. This small self has never taken me where I wanted to go because it can’t. It has always kept me out of reach of my dream because it made me believe I wasn’t worthy of it, that I hadn’t learned enough to attain it, that I wasn’t yet ready. But this Vision called to me so consistently, telling me, encouraging me, reminding me of my Greatness. I am Great. I am worthy. I am whole and complete in myself. I am Healed. I am Ready. And you are too.

This is what the Call sounds like. Answer it.

 

 

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Sarah Cavrak, PhD, is an international yoga teacher, reiki healer, and wild woman. She hopes to empower others to discover their own Wild Soul. Find her on Facebook and Instagram @sarahcavrakyoga, as well as her website www.sarahcavrak.com.