Healthful Ideas, Writing, thoughts, YOGA
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Now is now; be here

In my life I have experienced a lot of craziness. I think we forget we all have in our own way, we’ve all been witness to sorrow and heartbreak, trauma and depression, anger and pain, frustration and fear, but we have all also experienced happiness and joy, love and light, positivity and miracles, smiles and embraces.

No matter what you’re feeling or what you’re thinking the present moment is where you should be. My friend Angela said this the other day, which may be a quote from elsewhere, and it absolutely resonates with me: “Be where your feet are”.

Be grounded in the now.

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A lot of people my age have been placed on this fast-track toward their “successful career”. I was fortunate enough to have a mom who stayed home often to take care of and raise my brother and I, but so many have had no one around looking after them or been raised by a system whether it be the government care system or childcare.

Regardless of how stable or unstable your early childhood life may have been, the pressures of society in the United States are overwhelming and rampant – especially on children and teens.

People have all too often becomes cogs in a machine, we get boxed in by societal standards. The appropriate process and progression of life seems to be going to school and graduating high school, going to college, getting an advanced degree and/or getting a job that will lead you to a high-paying job.

Not everyone is capable, willing, or destined to follow this path. In fact, I would beg to believe that most people shouldn’t.

It doesn’t seem as if we are offering children the opportunity to live their own lives and pursue their dreams, but instead we are pushing whatever aspirations we believe we should have on everyone.

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you “grew up”? I wanted to be a lot of things. For a while I wanted to be a garbage person (PC is sanitation worker, but as a child I only called the job “garbage person” so we’ll go with that), an astronaut, a dancer, a writer, a rockstar, a singer, and quite possibly a plethora of other random things.

At a young age I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I read all the time and would scribble away on anything. Sure, I got a little blindsided every now and again pursuing and believing that my dream wouldn’t come to fruition but I’ve gotten a lot better at living in the now.

I’ve gotten a lot better at not having plans. It’s great to have dreams and goals, plans and back-up plans, but these don’t have to be set in stone. I have short-term and long-term goals, but I’m not committed to my own personal idea of how to achieve them as God works in mysterious ways and I have witnessed so many opportunities and made so many connections especially as of late that I know that the right path will be provided to me as long as I stay aware and present.

When you live your life with hope and positivity, when you dream and do, goodness will come to you because you will attract it.

Live your life with love and stay in the present! 🙂

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Alexandra Foran: Alexandra is an enthusiastic yoga instructor who enjoys sharing the gift of yoga and meditation with people of all ages. She is flexible and accommodating to all as she leads a practice from the heart. Extending warmth and love to all is a blessing for her. Yoga has personally helped her to heal and grow in profound ways. Yoga helps create balance and harmony; as someone who is highly intuitive, empathic, and a sensitive being she used to often be ill and regularly overextend herself -- she now seeks the peace that yoga can bring to her practice and life. As a poet, writer, musician and artist she infuses different aspects of the creative arts into her classes to create a higher vibration. During particular segments of her classes she uses guided imagery and live music. Alex plays upright bass, electric bass guitar, electric upright bass, violin, guitar, drums, rainmakers, baby harps, singing bowls, crystal bowls, recorders, and didgeridoo. Alexandra is a certified yoga instructor and a certified Reiki Master.

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  1. What a great post. Can you believe that I never had an urge to do anything when I was growing up. There were things I’d have like to have done such an astronaut or explorer or footballer but I knew even at a young age these were likely never going to happen. After university, I wanted to own a second hand book store, but one with very few customers. I also thought of teaching English in Africa or Asia, building schools and water wells and even being a peace monitor in Gaza.

    You’re right there is such a pressure on people to become high-flying but not everyone can and I’m very unconvinced that being a garbage person is less fulfilling than an office job or fancy job as a doctor or architect. In between jobs I worked in both the postal service and in a sewage farm and they were both much more enjoyable than any more senior role.

    Maybe I am more of a thinker but 99% of jobs I find to be futile and simply a waste of my life and usually a waste of natural resources too. None of my jobs really gave me any job satisfaction and certainly not happiness or contentment (except for meeting 2 or 3 really nice people in the last 20 years). Before I went to Uni, I wondered what I wanted to do and afterwards I was no wiser and I had a feeling then that has only grown stronger now and that is that no job really matters and that more driven or socially in with the managers will mean the less talented will usually get further than those that do the actual work and are 100% reliable if not with the gift of the gab.

    Having got myself educated to Masters level, the only things that matter to me are being happy and not being told what to do by less pleasant, clever, talented people who are only interested in money, power and status.

    9 months after I stopped working for other and undeserving people, I get so much more satisfaction. This week from decorating the house and giving an old lady and complete stranger a lift across town just because I could and it seemed a nice thing to do.

    Now my goals are simply to write, travel, have my own little company and move to the country with few neighbours and a big garden to grow more food and have a few chickens and goats!

    I don;t know if I am opting out of the driven society or just that it has gone so far away from where I have always been. There are better things in life than spending all your time in a job to earn money to spend on things you don’t need and in the end you’re only going to be judged by Him and it seems to me that fishermen, shepherds and carpenters were more favoured than money-lenders, nobles and driven but generally up to no good people.

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