The Intellect- What is it ? Something I wrote when thinking about our intellectual minds …

In our culture the intellect is everything
Doctors, lawyers, businessmen – we seem to push the intellect in the direction of a fat paycheck .
In reality our intellect reaches far beyond getting a degree . It is our creative tool. If used correctly this intellect takes the ambition of the soul and brings it to fruition in this world .
Everything we have created that exists in this world exists first as a thought . A building exists in the mind of the builder , our food begins in the mind of a farmer . This is true of the government, a business, a song, a painting , a book , a golf shot, a dance ….
Every action began as a thought . These thoughts create actions that move us through our life toward the fulfillment of our being .

The most important thing to know on about our intellect is that YOU CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS.
We not only create “things” , we create the view we have of the world around us . We have the incredible gift of the mind to create our reality both in a material aspect as well as our perception of life in general .

Go for a walk someday ( how about today ) just watch your thoughts . Where does your mind wander ?? Is it too hot or too cold outside ? Do you analyze the landscape as you go ? Do you criticize the people you pass ? Do you mentally leave the walk and leap ahead on to what you are going to do in the next hour or next week?
In meditation we are not taught so much to empty our minds but instead to watch our thoughts without passion or judgment just simply observe them . Staying in the moment not allowing the thoughts to take us away from the present moment .

We must practice being fully present with all our attention on whatever it is we are doing . No matter how big or how small . Be fully aware and fully present in this moment

We become our thoughts . Our minds create our view of the world around us . 
Everyday when you roll out of bed you get to choose what you are going to think about today . No matter how rainy it is outside , no matter how rude people are to you , no matter how much work you have ahead of you , no matter how poor you are today , no matter what barriers lie before you , you get to choose how you are going to think about every step of it . 

The secret of happiness depends far less on what you have or what happens to you ,then on how you think about it . 

The quality of our lives equals the quality of our thoughts . This is the true power of the intellect . It expands so far beyond storing and processing useful information . We see the world through our mind. How powerful is that ?

In preparation to reopen

Hello all ! Gosh I’ve missed our studio time . In preparing to reopen I am asking those of you who are interested in classes and other studio info to email me your email address . If you have already done so , then you are already on the email list and do not need to do anything . If you are signed up to receive the blogs you are not necessarily on the master email list , so I will need your email address I will be sending out the plan to register for classes in anticipation of there being limited participants and a temporarily modified schedule . There is no way for me to make this temporary change “ideal” and will do my best to accommodate those that are ready to return to studio time . Please email your email info to . Thank you and hope to see you soon – 💚Nicole

Thoughts for today 💚 Hari Om

When we are in the darkest of our days, we open our hearts and might feel emotions like fear anxiety or pain. But we opened … and this is the moment where love and grace enters you. Allow yourself to open, and feel the fear and emotions this global situation might bring to you. When we dig for gold, we first have to go through a lot of layers of mud and dirt. But in the end we can see it is all so beautiful.
When you feel fearful and disconnected: quiet your mind, cease activities, pull yourself out of the illusion of the day and the world. Go back in and feel. Feel how nothing can harm the real you. Things are happening in the outside world, but your true nature will always remain eternal and the same.
Things can seem fearful or feel different at first, but not to your heart and to your soul. We’ve heard these kind of words already so many times. Just hearing them didn’t bring us anywhere. Now it is time to experience them.
Try to see the one loving energy all around you. Feel how you are living in her womb, forever safe. See the loving one all around you, in every person’s eyes, even in your enemies. Try to feel the suffering that person has to go through and find that place inside that person where you can find yourself; love. Let’s take care of each other in this global situation and spread our inner lights.
Hari Om Tat Sat

The courage to seek the truth – a short but sweet writing

If you are brave enough to leave behind the things that are familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be hidden from you. Or so I’ve come to believe.

“The Mind” – something I wrote quickly last evening before falling asleep .

Those that are afraid of silence and stillness are minds that are filled with chaos – they become addicted to the emotions , the fluctuations and the distractions to avoid the discomfort of the stillness. This is a common place for many -Though I would think all of us are here at different times in life . In our current society our senses are on overload all the time – we never truly rest our minds , even during sleep . To rest the mind we must direct it , give it somewhere to go . Without direction it will flutter all over the place . If truly immersed in the present moment your mind will not flutter . Roping and bringing in the mind is the key to a peaceful mind . In order to begin to calm the mind we must first notice it’s tendencies , begin to become aware of the mind . Observe it as if you are a voyuer . . Observe your mind without judging what you are noticing . Not labeling any thoughts or fluctuations as good or bad , just notice them . Notice how you feel . Do your thoughts bring on feelings of joy or does that thought bring on anxiety and restlessness . Notice the triggers for each reaction. Realize our goal is not to only feel joy or the “higher vibration” happy emotions , but to experience each of them for what they are – a small ripple in the mind which does not change “the whole” . It’s fascinating to observe from an “outsider stand point “ and very entertaining as well ! To observe our own mind without attachment to the emotions, without “becoming” them provides us extreme freedom . Randomly throughout your day consciously observe your mind much as you would watch a movie . Practice this daily . Once this awareness becomes a natural state, the mind becomes more restful , peaceful and is no longer in control of you . Once we become acutely aware of the fluctuations of our minds we can begin to build a healthy relationship with it and begin to “adjust” it . This ability will allow us a feeling of calm and peace regardless of the chaos or disappointments around us . When we recognize we have the choice and the ability to remain in a state of contentment and that this state of contentment is NOT externally dependent, we are on the path of yoga . ✌️💚- Hari Om Nicole Depauw

Personality – What is it ??

You are your genetic code plus all of the good and bad things that have ever happened in your life . You are the praise and the criticism that have been put upon you . You are the love that has brightened your life and the rejection that has floored you . You are the color of your skin, the shape of your body and the way you move through life .
– Most of all you are your own unique view and reaction to life .
You look at life through your own lens .
No one sees life the same way you do . Your perception of the world around you becomes your reality .
Know yourself . As Plato says “The life which is unexamined is not worth living”
This quote points to the importance of examining , understanding and loving who we are . Examining ourselves keeps us from stumbling blindly along our way . By never pondering what made me smile, what made me cry, what makes me eat poorly , what brings me joy , what do I love about being in nature , why do I love being successful in my career , what do I love about being a mother , what would I never want anyone to know about me …. By never investigating what makes us tick we move ignorantly through our days. This information is helpful in keeping us in balance physically , emotionally , spiritually , financially and in our relationships . It’s also fun and exciting to explore ourselves. Ask yourself questions and answer yourself honestly , then accept the answer as it is at this time in your life . That same question will be answered 50 different ways throughout our time on this earth . How fun is it to explore yourself without judgement . Without feeling the need for your findings to be any different than they are .
Going back to my earlier discoveries about our intellect ( I’ll post that someday ) – you control your thoughts therefore you have the ability to control your interpretation of the world around you . We move through life guided by what we find important at the time . Always sacrificing something for another . Notice those things . It’s here you will find your purpose ( I will get into,that on a different post ) within your choices lies the answer to your life’s purpose . Look closely . It’s there. The common denominator in all of your actions .
Within all of these experiences and our relationship with them , drizzled with some past life experiences -including our soul growth lesson in this lifetime , we have our ” persona “, who we present ourselves to be to the world around us ! So beautiful and so much fun to notice, get to know and accept “as is” in any given moment . Always looking for the lesson , learning , changing , evolving . …. But the ” whole” never changes . It’s who you truly are . A beautiful perfect soul navigating this messy human world . Stumbling your way closer to the state of absolute bliss .

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