Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day!
My best friend Sarah’s big sister Vanessa recently launched an awesome new book called Om for the Mom, which I began reading Saturday night. I find texts on spirituality that are somewhat separate from religion to be particularly delicious. It isn’t anything against religion — this is simply true for me; I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I simply don’t resonate with religious dogmas.
I’ve lived my life as a personal exploration and journey guided by fiercely independent experience — through inspired conversations, reading, and education, I’ve made peace with my ability to have a spiritual existence without having to necessarily take part in a community to do so. If this bothers you somehow, that’s okay. (You may want to take a break from following my September posts, though.) If this is cool with you, I invite you with me on this exploration this month.
Vanessa’s book launch party was an amazing event, kicking off with a packed introductory kundalini yoga class upon a gorgeous, tranquil rooftop terrace overlooking the city. I’m no stranger to yoga, as you know, but I’d never known or experienced kundalini yoga, so it was awesome.
I’ve invited the instructor of that intro class to guest write a post for you in case you, too, are unfamiliar with this sect of yoga — so stay tuned!
While on my mat that evening, I had a moment of divine inspiration visit me: Spirit September.
|Image borrowed from About.com|
Don’t roll your eyes! Self-image Month and Food Month lacked desired momentum, but third time’s the charm!
Next weekend, actually, I’ll be heading to the cabins at Haven of Hope in Texas where my jewelry company is based for an exclusive business leadership retreat. While the company is not Christian (let me point out that a company cannot be Christian), it was founded on Biblical principles, so there are certainly Christian undertones at events held by the company. Undertones may be an understatement, actually, as it can be somewhat overt — but regardless, as I’ve said, I’m pretty misaligned with religion, but I’m totally cool with the principles behind it, which is why I’m fine with this.
However, I do plan to start each day I am at the retreat with yoga and meditation. I can’t promise to fit in blogging time during the retreat (in fact, I’d be surprised if I did), but I will absolutely keep myself accountable via Instagram (if you haven’t been following me there by now, get yourself over there!) and with a post after I return to Chicago.
I have a pass to go to a kundalini class as well, and this month is going to be about supercharging my yoga practice as well as reading. You can anticipate a lot about yoga, kundalini or otherwise, meditation, and inner strength exercises.
If you aren’t familiar with Gabrielle Bernstein, the “spiritual junkie” (she clearly is a kundalini yogini as well), she is awesome. Friends with two of my “faraway mentors” (I have many of these — most of whom I’ve never even seen in person), Marie Forleo and Mastin Kipp, Gabrielle has been through much unrest in her life before she found her spirituality — and eventually found herself with Forleo and Kipp on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday! Check out her TED talk:
|Gabby is super-active on Instagram, too.|
The most palatable part of her spiritual work is the way that she uses plain English to communicate her philosophies (rather than the confusing way other spiritual texts can read). Some people who are perhaps looking for something more dry and more “expected” have a problem with her casual, “hip” tone, but I think if you like reading what I write, you’ll do fine with what she does.
The reason why I think spirituality is so important to touch upon on the blog is because I truly believe it is the basis of healing from brain injury: Your body no longer responds the same way as it used to, and a lot of pain comes from this experience. Somehow, some way, you must find hope in what seems hopeless, and you have to piece your life back together and not only survive, but thrive, no matter what.
There is no improvement without tapping into that part of yourself that is stronger than your body, the real essence of YOU. As they often say, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual beings having a human experience.” Once you learn to derive strength from your spirit rather than from your body — realizing that you are not your body, or even your brain — then you will begin to access your real power. It becomes a self-sustaining cycle, and it is thanks to this power that you can bring your healing process to new levels.
Are you as pumped as I am? Follow the blog, Facebook page, Instagram, and hashtag #spiritseptember to stay in the conversation. As always, I invite you to leave your comments and interact with me on any of the above — as well as e-mail.
How has spirituality played a role in your journey?
To our healing,