I just finished Rock Your Bliss’ 7 Weeks to Bliss program. The program helped me dig deeper and begin to explore the answers to the following questions:
- HOW DO I ROCK MY OWN BLISS?
- WHAT ARE MY SOUL VALUES AND HOW DO I GET GROUNDED?
- HOW DO I WANT TO FEEL? WHAT WILL I CREATE?
- WHAT DO I WANT, TRULY?
- WHAT IS LOVE, BABY DON’T HURT ME. (NOW YOU’RE SINGING THAT SONG…)
- THE WORDS I SPEAK CREATE MY REALITY. WHAT AM I LISTENING TO?
- WHAT DOES MY FUTURE LOOK LIKE?
- WHAT, WHO AND HOW CAN I LEARN TO TRUST?
I thoroughly enjoyed the program and am bummed that it’s over. I feel that it helped me establish some beautiful connections not only with myself, but also with others and get clearer on some of my heart’s desires. There will be another round of the program over the summer, if you are interested, you can click here to sign up.
In the first week of the program, we were led to discover our soul values. These are the things that bring us back home to ourselves, that make us feel most grounded and honest. I think of them as what I feel when my chakras are most in alignment. I feel safe, creative, empowered, trusting, truthful, intuitive and connected. These are my soul values:
- Yoga-This was easily my first value. Yoga is so important and necessary for my soul. Yoga for me is what happens both on and off my mat. It is critical for me to practice all of the 8 limbs of yoga and not just the asana or posture portions. Some of the necessary questions that I ask myself in order to bring me back to a connection with my soul and stay congruent with my values are; am I observing my breath? Did I make it to my mat today? Did I practice stillness? Am I breathing in between a stimulus and response? Am I practicing non-violence to both myself and in my thoughts to others? Am I practicing contentment or am I trying to distract myself from a situation?
- Tribe-I first had chosen family, but changed it to tribe. Some of my family members are definitely part of my tribe, but there are also others who are not related to me that are there, or who I want to be there, that I lean on for support, inspiration, connection and community. I am still searching for members to add to my tribe, and as I make this a priority, I ask myself; am I being like the person I want to be around? Do I show up for others the way I hope they will show up for me? As I seek inspiration, am I also being inspiring?
3. Connection- I think this is the soul value of my soul values. Connection is the core of what I am seeking in all my other values. I desire deeper connections with others, a more honest connection to myself, the earth and all beings, the present moment and to my soul. Critical questions that I have been asking myself to help me honor connection are; how often am I scrolling through my phone and missing an opportunity to connect with someone-in line at the post office, on the couch with my husband, in the car as my step-son and I wait for his school bus? Am I seeking connection digitally, but missing the opportunities that are being presented in the moment? Am I giving myself enough time everyday to be still and quiet and listen to my guides?
4. Education-I first chose “knowledge” but switched it to education, because I realized knowledge just for the sake of knowing something isn’t always beneficial to my soul. I can gain knowledge through gossip, internet black holes and celebrity magazines, but it in no way feeds my soul. I think of education as the acquisition of knowledge with the INTENT to use it in a productive manner. Although it can be difficult, I try to separate myself from conversations that are only for the sake of gossip or spending my time reading about celebrity news. Learning has always been so important to me, but I want to make sure I am learning things that will feed into my other values. I also hope I am sharing that with others in a productive manner. I have the opportunity to do this through my yoga teaching and school counseling. I hope that keeping this value in mind helps me use this forum in the best possible way.
5. Passion-I find that I need to feel compelled from my heart to do the work I do as a school counselor and yoga teacher. Most days, that’s easy to access, but some days, I am merely going through the motions. When I catch myself with low energy, a foggy mind or a bad attitude, I ask myself, why do I do this again? Sometimes, it is hard to formulate the answer, but it does always come back to the passion I have to help others. That passion is what fuels all my soul values and brings me back home to myself.
I would love to hear from you. What are your soul values?