The central purpose of Tranquil Space Foundation is to expand opportunities for girls to develop their inner voice.
How often do you listen to your inner voice? Do you remember what your inner voice sounds like? Here are some tips for getting back in touch with your authentic self…
Yoga: Practicing yoga will help you get out of your head and move into your body. By moving out of your head where inner critics and your to-do list may lie, you can listen to your breath, the way your body moves, and the good sensations you feel after your practice. Ten minutes of yoga in the morning at home can be a great way to start your day meaningfully and in touch with your inner voice.
Meditation: Many people think they need to find the time for a long, sustained meditation in the perfect quiet environment. The truth is that since we live in a city, there may not be a serenely silent spot to meditate; and even five minutes of meditation can be beneficial for getting in touch with your inner voice. Try practicing one of Kimberly Wilson’s favorite meditation techniques: inhale, say “let”, then exhale, say “go” inside your head. You can do this throughout the day on the bus, at work, or in your living room.
Journaling: Every time you take the time to journal, you are signaling to yourself that your inner voice is important. Buy yourself a journal with a gorgeous cover, and just get writing! Five minutes in the morning, mid-day, and a longer reflection in the evening can do wonders for prioritizing and identifying your inner voice.
What about you? How do you get in touch with your inner voice?
Yoga is a fabulous teacher. It’s one of those rare, gifted teachers that sets the stage for its students to learn their own lessons in their own time. Just when you think it will never make sense, that you will never fully complete a certain pose, and perhaps you’ve even decided that it’s OK if you don’t, something happens and it “clicks.” I remember a yoga class a few years ago in which I was having trouble balancing in ardha chandrasana (half-moon pose). My instructor came over to me and told me to shift my balance more into my big toe. It sounds minor, and maybe even ridiculous, but I was letting my balance roll onto the outside of my foot, and as she said, “The external is unreliable.” I needed to focus on the internal before I could open my heart any more. Now there’s a lesson to take off the mat. I needed to hear that to move further into the pose, but I left class that day with a greater lesson. These are the moments that remind us why we practice. But, despite the sense of accomplishment that comes with a new pose, achievement is not yoga’s true purpose. Not only is there always a next level of asana aspire to, but there are always new lessons to explore. This same instructor ended almost every class by telling us that our practices that day were perfect, no matter how much we may have stumbled, or even grumbled under our breaths. Our practices were our own, a true expression of who we were that day, and as such, always exactly right. If I was feeling special because I had managed to find a new bind that day, but the person next to me had felt terrible throughout the whole class, it didn’t matter. Our practices were of equal value because they were each a perfect expression of truth. Each student is on their own invaluable path, with endless opportunities for surprise at how deeply we can know ourselves, and how far our hearts can open.
photo courtesy of Chris Rief Photography
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Tranquil Space Foundation is proud to host the 2009 LUNAFEST in Washington, DC April 23rd from 7:00-9:00 pm.
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LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by Luna, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support worthy women’s nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. 100% of proceeds from the DC LunaFest will benefit TSF and the Breast Cancer Fund.
LUNAFEST features short films by, for and about women. A list of this year’s films and more general information about the national festival is at lunafest.org.
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“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” – Oscar Wilde
It’s February, the time of year when you go to buy a friend a birthday card and come face-to-face with a paper mountain of red, pitter-patter, love-soaked greetings; when all of the outer wrappers of chocolate bars have exploding hearts; and when you open the newspaper and see restaurants advertising romantic three-course meals.
All of these tangible concoctions of love can make you think that it’s only something shared with someone else. But Mr. Wilde reminds us – as does Marianne Williamson when she writes in A Woman’s Worth, “When a woman falls in love with the magnificent possibilities within herself, the forces that would limit those possibilities hold less and less sway over her.” – that loving yourself is also a groovy kind of love. (Come on, we all like that song.)
So if you’re fortunate enough to be single (yes, it can be a blessing), take the energy of the upcoming hearty holiday to focus on what you love most about yourself (and how you can direct that confidence to current opportunities or goals) and what you can do to improve aspects of yourself that, in your opinion, aren’t all that loveable. I really believe that if you are content with who you are, the outward manifestations of what you may do socially, professionally, politically, religiously, and so forth will be far better than if you look to these outlets before getting in tip-top, self-love shape.
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