Change is inevitable, but necessary.
The nature of nature revolves around change. What happens in nature, also occurs in the mundane, human experience. The waves of the ocean ebb and flow where the stock market summits and plummets.
The human experience is no exception to change, transitions and highs and lows in life. It is utterly delusional to think that our life will follow the same path as a starry-eyed Hollywood movie; however, when analyzing these films, the main character encounters various obstacles and struggles.
For as long as humans have existed, darkness and mental issues have plagued the mind. We are no different today than our ancestors who raped, pillaged and plundered the world. Today we are equipped with self-help books, meditation gurus, therapists and support groups. We don't necessarily have to put forth as much effort to survive as our ancestors, but today, we can choose to walk the path of the light and change or remain stuck in a swamp of darkness.
Humans don't like change, but they crave and desire change. The biggest change to one's life path is through having a child. Some people accept and celebrate this change, but fight to let go or to help their mental state.
It is not easy or comfortable to walk a new path in life while leaving the old behind.
During times of transitions, this is where the learning begins.
For many, a little voice inside of their head screams for change. This is a moment of contemplation where we make a conscious effort to shift towards our potential instead of running away from it.
Like a future flower budding from the ground, this is moment where consciousness shifts to say goodbye to the dark and say hello to the light. The business world talks of an inflection point, a point where the concave changes directions, either toward growth or a decline. This is a pivotal point for one to wake up and listen to their higher mind and trust and believe that taking the "high road" will lead them to change.
Low points, rock bottom and times of transition is where the learning experience begins. This is where we reflect on the past, grieve in and accept the present and make a plan for the future.
Change is spiritual. It is the time of becoming a better version of yourself and push through boundaries of fear that have held you back from seeking your potential.
The journey into your mind, body and soul is spiritual. And I believe everyone should all walk this path.
Spiritual journeys don't have to be epic adventures around the globe. For some, it is
Sadly, many people have not had good mentors or leaders in their life, specifically in the work world. A career shift is a spiritual change. When transitioning careers, one's soul or spirit guides them to something more meaningful in life. It is not uncommon to see tech geeks up and quit their job to open a bakery or a fitness company. Something in that corporate world sucked their soul dry and they wanted to do something more meaningful in life. That is the point of TRUE LIBERATION - the moment where your life, happiness and contribution to the world means more than the people and situations that brought you down. Many people today believe that drug use and sexual experimentation is liberation. In my experience, the more people dabble in those environments, the more their soul cries for help.
So how do you unlock the power of transitions?
By taking action for your life, situation or problem. Whether it's taking a leap of faith or hiring a therapist - you need to choose to transition instead of staying stuck. The world contains endless options to help you transition into the better version of yourself.
If you want to change your career, you may need to go back to school or sign up for a certificate program.
If you want to improve your marriage, you may need marriage counseling.
If you want to improve your health, you may need to hire a trainer or a health coach.
The answer lies inside each and every one of us, but we just have to believe and trust in ourselves, our voice and our higher mind. Change and transition strengthens our spirit. It may not be easy and during this time we may experience more inflection points or potential outcomes.
If you want to change, you have to put in the work and find tools, people or support networks that will aide you on your journey.
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Life is a beautiful mixture of ebbs and flows and highs and lows. If life was easy and perfect we'd never endure obstacles or have rainy days. We all hit a rough patch in life. These periods can last for days, or for some, decades.
During tough times, I've used quotes to inspire, uplift and help me through tough times. This is part of the reason my weekly Sunspiration exists. Below are 15 of my favorite quotes to help you when the going gets tough.
"Tough times never last, but tough people do."
Friday August 31
2 pm check in
4:00-6:00 pm Opening circle & light yoga practice
6:00 pm Dinner
Saturday September 1
7:30 am Breakfast, journaling
8:30-10:30 am Yoga practice focused on the Water Element
10:30 am- 12 pm Walk & meditation, free time
12 pm- Lunch (Water Element)
Free time with options for walking, kayaking, sauna
4:00-6:00 pm Yoga practice focused on the Wood Element
6:00 pm Dinner (Wood Element)
Sunday September 2
7:30 am Breakfast, journaling
8:30-10:30 am Yoga practice focused on the Fire Element
10:30 am- 12 pm Walk & meditation, free time
12 pm- Lunch (Fire Element)
Free time with options for walking, kayaking, sauna
4:00-6:00 pm Yoga practice focused on the Earth Element
6:00 pm Dinner (Earth Element)
Monday September 3
7:30 am Breakfast, journaling
8:30-10:30 am Yoga practice focused on the Metal Element
12 pm Checkout
Lunch to go (Metal Element)
Your body houses your suppressed thoughts & emotions. Clearing emotional energy is so important for a healthier you. The work will center around our Shadow Self, finding awareness and acceptance of our sometimes unconscious patterns. This allows us to develop a good relationship with our inner child and become the best version of ourselves.
It takes courage to cultivate/nurture the Self & I'm honored to partner with you on your healing journey!
Ladies- you are Unique! You are Amazing! You are Loved! You are a Superwoman! You give so much of yourself to others- isn’t it your time now? What is holding you back? Step into your Power! Join us!
Water Element- transform Fear & Shame into Courage & Trust
Wood Element- transform Anger & Frustration into Forgiveness & Patience
Fire Element- transform Panic, Anxiety, & Hurt into Joy & Openness
Earth Element- transform Worry & Over-thinking into Contentment & Presence.
Metal Element- transform Grief, Sadness, & Depression into Acceptance & Freedom
Imagine the abundance of new friendships with like minded women who are on the same path. See what the results of doing your inner work could bring to your life in the coming months and years!
Where are your beliefs and patterns preventing you from living the life you deserve? This retreat is life changing. Find new awareness and compassion for yourself as you learn to live from a space of love.
On this journey, you will:
If you’ve been running nonstop these days and your body, mind or soul are run down, then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Unplug & unwind. Find balance as you recharge your Soul's battery.
After all, there’s no way you can dream bigger and support others if you don’t amplify your soul-care first!
Time to yourself within the support of the group is guaranteed to shake your soul free and rejuvenate you.
This journey is for you if...
Nectar Yoga B&B , named one of the top 5 retreats in British Columbia, is a delightful sanctuary. It is nestled away in the woods, a space of healing and solitude, a place for transformation.
Nectar Yoga, an eco- friendly B&B, is just a short ferry ride away from Vancouver.
Daily yoga practices will be in their beautiful geodesic, heated yoga dome, with a view of nature. This small space allows for greater intimacy and group connection.
Their accommodations provide a space for relaxation, without letting go of the comforts of home.
Nectar Loft- Modern beach style cottage furnished with local decor, kitchenette, fridge, sleeping loft & pull out sofa bed, outside deck
Forest Cottage- West Coast beach style cottage, outdoor shower, forest view seating area, mini fridge, private deck *SOLD OUT
Garden Suite- Nautical themed room located in the lower level of the main house, open planned room with separate entry, private bathroom, mini fridge, garden view
Main House- Master bedroom has a sleeping loft and a detached bathroom on the upper floor. Guest room has 2 single beds and a detached bathroom on the main floor
*All accommodations are double occupancy
*Photos courtesy of Nectar Yoga B & B
-3 nights accommodation at the lovely Nectar Yoga B & B- double occupancy
-9 delicious vegan meals (freshly prepared on site)
-Full Yoga Immersion programming (a total of six- 2 hour yoga classes, energy activations and pranayama, guided journaling, deep conversations, teachings on the 5 Elements and corresponding emotions)
-Individual 30-minute Reiki session
-Use of yoga props, cleaning fees & taxes, water & tea
-Private Facebook group
-Gift bag with self care items
Not included: Transportation to & from the retreat site, ferry costs, insurance (personal, medical, trip cancellation)
optional: in room massage (book in advance), Finnish sauna experience ($25 for up to 3 people), tarot reading, scooter rental, bike or kayak rental
What to bring: Your openness to explore, learn, and let go of anything holding you back.
Your passport (if you don't live in Canada), comfortable clothes to practice yoga in, yoga mat, journal & something to write with, water bottle, walking shoes, layers for cooler evenings, bathing suit
Our delicious meals will be plant based and themed around the 5 Tastes to balance out the Elements. All meals will be freshly prepared on site by Elizabeth Kovar.
Elizabeth Kovar M.A. is an award-winning vegan fitness trainer, author of Finding Om: An Indian Journey of Rickshaws, Chai, Chapattis and Gurus and international freelance writer and fitness presenter for BOSU and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Elizabeth studied yoga in six different countries and lived abroad in Australia (twice), India and Germany. Elizabeth is the creator of her vegan food and travel blog at: www.mindbodysoul-food.com and www.lemontreetravel.com. www.elizabethkovar.com
If you have food allergies or restrictions, please let us know.
Camron Momyer will be providing guests with a 30- minute individual Reiki healing session on retreat.
"In 2011 I completed my level 3 Reiki certification with Marie Manuchehri and began to entertain the idea that I may be capable of offering energy work to other people. Then, under the mentorship of Nicole Walsh in 2014 things began to click. I began to trust my abilities as a healer and it was no longer a matter of if but when. I felt like a fish that had finally found water and had no desire to go back to dry land." Find out more about Camron & Soul Sourced Energy Healing.
No matter what religion or spiritual belief – even atheism – lightness and darkness exists in the real world and within our individual souls. If you don’t believe than take a look outside at noon and then midnight. The yin-yang symbol is the perfect example of the dualities between masculine and feminine, lightness and darkness and hot and cold.
It is no secret that there is a psychological epidemic today. I believe social media and the internet contributes to this problem. Our brains, and souls, have not yet evolved to process this much information.
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost
I believe in balance and I don’t think we should view life through rose-colored glasses. It is important to be realistic about life but accept our thoughts, behaviors and actions. And trust me, I can speak on experience.
I view stages of life, or mindsets, as seasons. My mind dwelled on certain topics of life, which meant in some areas of life I was stuck in winter, dreading basically everything. Thankfully, I’ve transitioned out of winter into spring and hopefully soon, summer. Everything, even our thoughts, die, rebirth and evolve.
If it happens in nature, it happens to us.
What is heaven?
Heaven activates our higher mind. It’s our soul and our intuition. And its the place where we view things from a higher perspective to see the whole story. It understands cause and effect and brings wisdom to chaos. The higher mind empowers you with knowledge and brings a better perspective than the lower mind.
The higher mind differs from the lower mind, the seat of logic, and tends to accept the flow of life. Heaven is our higher consciousness and is also idealistic and artistic. It’s the place of our ideal manifestations and the place we want to see ourselves going. Some forms of spirituality note this as, “self-realization.”
Within heaven, we can also create hell through fear, sabotage, building walls or blocking receptivity. I also feel “hell” exists when a person is in the flow but creates problems due to their psyche or past wounds. Freak outs, crisis’s and chronically living in fear results in the evolution of hell amidst your heavenly state. Some spiritual beliefs/religions believe that “demons” are behind this, confusing the mind and steering people off track of God’s will or a godly life. Even if you do not believe in this, something stirs internal chaos to initiate negative thoughts and behaviors.
When this happens, keep reaching for the light. The higher mind speaks through the voice of our intuition and pulls us to live a better life. Heaven, as some say is paradise, is what we need to tap into our mind. Our bodies are a temple and the mind is the gateway to what we want to experience, manifest and be within ourselves.
“All you may know of heaven or hell is within your own self.”
Hell exists in the lower mind. The lower mind is not always hell, but when in overdrive it leads us to the deepest and darkest areas of our mind.
The lower mind is the seat of logic and the headquarters to our ego and egoism. The lower mind focuses on reality using facts, reason and logic. The lower mind, when in overdrive, is critical, analytical, irrational, skeptical and linear.
Some claim that the lower mind is the representation of our wounded ego and deceives our higher mind by focusing on the limitations or things we lack in life and love. When triggered, the lower mind focuses on negative emotions and leads us to actions that do not serve our higher purpose; thus, igniting hell in our mind, body and spirit.
Most people live in the lower mind, and keeps in the mundane patterns of life and our choices, like a hamster in the wheel, re-running through the same karmic patterns. The lower mind is the gateway to fear, doubts and uncertainty.
Have you ever wondered why most corporations, hospitals, government and financial agencies, school systems and various religious center seem to never change? It’s because they function “souly” in lower mind thinking. Everything is linear and the only way to “reach” and satisfy the masses. Marketing and mass media tap into our lower mind, the reptilian part of our brain. Like a snake, these techniques instill fear, dissatisfaction and ignites the fiery depths of hell within us.
Those who are depressed, suicidal or struggle with mental health need to tap into heaven (their higher mind) to trump the hell that exists inside. Others who are “healthy minded” ignite hell into their mind through sabotage or being lured into the dark side of life.
It is very difficult to heal, or progress in life while solely looking at life through the lower mind. When here, the mind gets stuck in hell as it refuses to believe in faith, God or something higher than him or her. Eventually, the ego starts to circle in though and could lead to narcissism, selfish or self-centered behaviors.
Stay tuned next week for my blog post regarding how to balance the higher and lower mind.
What do you think? Please share your thoughts below.
Why are humans attracted to spiritual structures like a church, temple or sacred site?
The outer world (collective) mirrors much of our inner world (individual).
Your body is literally a temple, a reflection of the fusion of your inner and outer worlds.
And your inner world seeps into your outer world. The skin is the largest organ in the body. Some people are not blessed with great skin, but how many times during stressful time periods, spiritual crisis’s or with a poor diet, the skin breaks out with something. Your inner world also reflects the outer world. Your personality, how you present yourself, how you treat people and how you react in situations is your outer world that is exposed.
Though many people present a confident or a strong outer world, their inner world is suffering and crying inside. A goal is to balance both.
So why should you treat your body like a temple?
Treat your body like a temple…not a woodshed or a garage.
Energy In vs. Energy Out - this concept goes beyond what we eat, but refers to the energy we take in on all levels.
A temple is selective on what it consumes physically, emotionally, mentally and sexually. It understands the sacredness of energy and appreciates the “light from God.” It sounds like high standards but treating your body like a temple increases one’s frequency and vibratory field. It doesn’t mean one must live a boring, stifled life, but chooses to consume light, love and beauty. And beauty is inspirational.
Why do you think so many people appreciate fine art, the ballet or symphony music? Because it’s beautiful and inspires something, whether its creativity or a moment of happiness.
A woodshed or a garage is an open invitation to pretty much anything. It’s a dumping ground for a bunch of random shit – cars, tools, soil, gasoline cans – and letting too much from the outer world in may not always benefit the inner world. Although a garage has the borders of four walls, it’s an endless dumping ground, and also contains many cobwebs and doesn’t get cleaned out too much.
Do you want to be an energetic open door to other people’s garbage? The intermingling of auras and energetic bodies from darker acts in life, long term, catches up. It’s like the snow ball effect. Most people who are addicts in some area of life are usually not internally happy.
As much as pleasures of the flesh are fun and exciting, the soul usually suffers after long-term abuse of negativity, violence, substance abuse and sexual partners.
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
And this is where becoming the temple is important. I personally do not believe we can have it all. We can’t have our cake and eat it too as once the cake is gone, its gone. We will constantly be searching for the next cake, or spend countless hours baking.
Obtaining purity of the mind, body, heart and soul takes time. And if you believe in God, he is the ultimate surveillance camera. He knows what is going on in your mind heart. He will send people, situations, circumstances or experiences to help you become your own temple.
The more of a temple we become, we shine brighter with light, love, confidence and positive energy. If you look at a street light, it attracts the bugs. Why? Because darkness needs to feed off the light in order to survive but it is up to us to become bright as a light but have the capability to shield ourselves from things that no longer serve us.
We all need help along the way but it’s up to us to decide what route we want to take in life. In my opinion, becoming a temple sets us free from the many things that make our souls cry.
What do you think? Do you think we should treat our body like a temple?
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com
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