A year-and-a-half ago, I suffered deeply.
I resisted everything about my life: where I lived, my work, and most agonizing of all, myself.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I blamed myself for not reaching the level of success I’d imagined, not living where I thought I would live, not having the life I always dreamed of.
I had survived cancer a few years earlier, and all I wanted was to be happy. I worried that life was too short to feel like this, and obsessed over ways I could change my life to be happy. Then, one day, I realized something powerful:
If life is too short to be miserable, then I should stop being that way.
I decided to embark on a 40-day journey of yoga, healing, and transformational reading that ended up launching me into a new of being. It changed my life. At the start, my only intention was to shift my energy. I was tired of feeling sad, tired, overwhelmed, and like a hamster constantly trying to keep up with a life that seemed stuck on the same old spin cycle.
As I journeyed through this inner transformation, I learned fascinating insights that shaped my entire life philosophy and helped me understand exactly how to heal the spirit.
Here’s how I embarked on a journey that changed my life:
40 days of kundalini yoga
Kundalini yoga is a very powerful technology designed to release inner blocks and help people reveal their innate brilliance. Practicing the same set of kriyas (exercises) for 40 days is said to unlock the full benefits of each movement while helping us form new habits that increase happiness. This was one of the key components that changed my life.
I first experienced the extraordinarily powerful benefits of kundalini yoga when healing from cancer. The practice literally moved energy through me so intensely that I could feel it percolating and eventually disappearing.
Completing the same practice for 40 days rewires not only the body, but also the mind. During the process, I felt boredom, resistance and thoughts of this doesn’t matter, I can skip just one day. As I learned to ignore these sabotaging thoughts during the 40 days, I learned they didn’t define me. That actually, paying attention to these poisonous thoughts prevented me from enjoying the peace I so desperately craved.
I experimented with meditation before this transformational 40-day journey, but during this intense period of working to shift my energy, I meditated at intervals throughout the day, sometimes up to 20 minutes, which was previously unheard of for me.
When I first began sitting with my breath, I could barely sit for one minute without glancing at my cell phone timer. We often forget the most basic prerequisite to making positive life changes: simply deciding, in your bones, that this is the day things will change.
This journey became a ritual during which I systematically identified my biggest inner blocks and learned surefire ways to overcome them.
During this journey, I read the genius book The Power of Now. This book helped me see that my problems weren’t ruining my life, my resistance to them was. This resistance consumed my life-force energy, sadly stopping me from seeing the unbelievable potential hidden on the other side.
Accepting my life circumstances was the scariest thing I’ve ever done because I feared it would doom me to a mediocre life. But instead, accepting my life and my feelings immediately opened the floodgates of healing and possibilities more expansive than I ever could have imagined. This changed my life.
The magical shifts that happened
After practicing for 40 days and clearing all the stuck, sad energy, I believed for the first time in my life that I had the power within me to be happy, to feel at peace. My journey has continued since those transformational 40 days, and always will, but taking that leap jumpstarted an entire new way of being, thinking and living.
Over the last few months, I’ve compiled the exact spiritual practices that transformed my life and powerful insights from my own deep spiritual work into a step-by-step journey. These strategies have helped me overcome trauma from cancer, a lifetime of accumulated sadness from depression and helped me heal after cutting off a toxic relationship with an immediate family member.
This work also guided me through the underused process of clearing the energetic pain body, an essential step for accessing your natural state of peace and joy.
This process has now been systematized in my program The Big Shift, which runs once a year. Stay tuned for the next round!
WHAT STUDENTS SAY:
– “The Big Shift was a mind blowing, deeply moving, life-altering experience for me.” Annelise D.
– “It is not an overstatement to say that I feel it has changed my life.” Louisa K.
– “The Big Shift really has been life changing! I have gotten rid of some old baggage that used to bog me down nearly every day.” Cristi V.
What spiritual practices do you find most powerful for overcoming inner blocks? Leave your tips in the comments below!
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