The Power of Sisterhood by Lauren Lee

Now, more than ever, we are being called to stand up, speak our truths and live with compassion, authenticity and fearless hearts. Many of us are feeling a call to live more sustainably and protect the earth, to learn/share integrated practices which help us to live from a place of love and not fear. Our individual efforts are 100% needed for a collective shift…

This is why I teach yoga and meditation.

I know that these teachings have given me tools to step out of my personal addictions, and help me to make better decisions daily. And with my own healing, I can offer more support and love to those around me. I can live a life of service and have the most positive impact in the world.

Most importantly, I know that these practices bring people together in community and that ideas become more powerful when shared…

This shift in consciousness is the rise of the Divine Feminine. The energy of the female is potent — She gifts us the qualities of creativity, intuition, protection, holistic thought, collaboration, empathy and unconditional love…all of which have been ignored and abused within our society for far too long.

While men have an equally important role to play, it is women’s time to gather in sisterhood to encourage mass collaboration and love as the qualities our society will recognise and hold sacred moving forwards.

This is why I share the practices of yoga and mindfulness through retreat immersions around the world. I want EVERY human to first treat themselves with the love and respect they deserve through heathy lifestyle habits: high vibe nourishment through diet, sleep patterns, physical movement and time for reflection and relaxation to bring awareness to the parts of us we need to nourish (or begin to nourish) daily. I want women to learn to accept themselves exactly as they are, to see themselves as a beautiful and unique Goddess and live with more sweetness. Most important, I want everyone to experience the gift of sacred community: what it feels like to be seen, heard and felt from a place of neutrality. When we feel nourished from within and supported from those around us, we naturally rise into our highest selfs.

This is the power of Divine Sisterhood. Our sisters provide the platform for loving-kindness and a safe haven of support. Our sisters help shape-shift us into better partners, mothers and daughters. They remind us of our power and responsibilities as women of the world. They hold us accountable without shame or blame. They honour our uniqueness and help us integrate with tenderness. The power of sisterhood is fierce, creative, loving and a change-maker…and this energy resides within each one of us.

As we are all a direct mirror reflection of one another, it is imperative we take initiative and become mentors for the world. Women must celebrate and collaborate with one another in order to encourage those around us to follow suit.

And when enough of us support one another to take action, the system will naturally adapt to support us. There is a ripple effect which will spread far and wide.

But it begins on an individual level…

It is our birth right to step into our highest selves — to be happy, healthy and give back to the entire eco-system that is our global family. This is a call to action to create more Divine Sisterhood in our lives. Together, women can change the world. I feel it. I believe it with every single cell in my being. Things are just getting good and I am so honoured to be here, right now, alongside you.

The Divine Goddess within me, recognises the Divine Goddess within each and every one of you.

Let’s THRIVE in 2017!

LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures.

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Lauren Lee : Mindfulness Matters

LAUREN LEE

Beyond the beautiful and beneficial shapes we can create with our physical body in asana, and the various nourishing breathing techniques of pranayama, lies one of the most simple and for many, the most challenging practices of all: Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is derived from Buddhist tradition, yet beautifully integrated and aligned with the philosophy and aims of yoga. Mindfulness is a gentle effort to be continuously aware.

It is a conscious direction of your awareness. It is an emotionally non-reactive state, one that witnesses emotions/sensations and actively chooses to allow them to pass through and cease to exist. This frees us from our thoughts, emotions and experiences (whether they are pleasurable or difficult) and transcends any limiting beliefs of judgmental states to heighten our moment to moment focus.

It is the art of attention; the fullness of living in the present moment and the sweetness of living in those moments with ease and gratitude.

Mindfulness is free and available to all those who commit to the practice. Most importantly, mindfulness is not only for the elite or for when you are on your yoga mat.

As many of you reading this already know, the true reflection of our yoga practice is demonstrated off the mat — in the moments far from the comfort of our yoga teachers and studio community. Our true character shines through during the moments when we are asked to ignite our inner strength (similarly as we do when we go upside down) or find guidance through calm rhythmic breathing (similar to the flow we cultivate during dynamic sun salutations).

These experiences are when we get to bear the fruits of our labor from our consistent practice of asana, pranayama and meditation to elevate our lives every single second, of every single day.

Lauren Lee

Here are 5 simple ways to practice mindfulness and enhance everyday through subtle, non-judgmental and open-hearted living.

Use the senses as an anchor: 

The senses are the windows to the world; we experience life through the senses, and each sense has it’s own unique and rich sensation.

Use the senses as a way to ground yourself back to the present reality by making a mental list of how you are feeling each sense. For example:

Feel the rays of the sunshine or a cool breeze.

Hear the sounds of people and activity around you.

See the simplicity, beauty and perfection within nature.

Smell the coffee you are about to consume.

Taste and enjoy each of the different foods you consume. 

Touch a loved one with intention as if it were the last time you would see them. 

Experience the 5 senses as if it were the first time you have every lived — with a new perspective, one that is so enthusiastic to be alive in human form to live on this beautiful Earth!

Breathe deeply.

Do this as often as you can. When in conversation or when quiet. See how smooth and even you can make your breathing. Ideally, aim for a steady inhale count to 3 with a slight pause, and an exhale count to 3 with a slight pause. Shorten or lengthen your rhythmic count depending on your lung capacity and current state of your nervous system. When you feel like you need to ‘reset’ take 3 cleansing breaths — in through the nose and out through the mouth with a sigh-like sound. Then work to build your even and full breathing so it is sustainable.

Find a tall posture.

Notice how this will encourage you to breathe more deeply as the spine lengthens and there more space is automatically created within the chest and lungs. You may also find you feel more confident, strong, awake and open.

Get outside!

Take breaks and walk in nature. Visualize your toes as they touch the ground and take time to enjoy the fresh air and change of environment without an agenda or any distractions.

Take a moment of gratitude before meals.

Pause for a deep breath before you begin and cultivate gratitude for the nourishing food in front of you. Eat your food slowly so you can savor each bite. Notice each food you eat through the textures, temperature and flavours.

Bonus!

Smile. Notice how this simple act shifts your perspective and the situation at hand to automatically feel more positive, lighthearted and pleasurable. Smiling is proven to lower the heart rate as it relaxes muscles and relieves tension in the body, and boost endorphins, the feel good chemicals that lower stress levels and encourage higher levels of happiness. Smile as often as you can and at as many people as you can…it is a contagious act of kindness that can only be received with mindfulness: a non-judging state of freedom and sweetness.

Lauren Lee

LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures. Read more about her HERE

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