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Why The Practice of Letting Go is So Powerful

Why The Practice of Letting Go is So Powerful

Last night was an epic Full Moon in Aquarius, that was paired with a solar eclipse, and today is the opening of the lions gate. Can you say, “Hello, magic!”? You may have seen one of many articles about how this lunar energy was intense, and intensely calling you to let go of that which does not serve your highest good. I know that letting go can be incredibly difficult for some people, so today I’d like to share some insight and perspective that may be able to inspire + empower you to let go with a little more ease.

It is likely that you’ll hear any number of spiritual and success teachers/leaders talk about how important it is to let things go, and as cliche as it may feel I have to say they are all beyond right. We cannot continue to grow unless we let go. I invite you to observe how that statement makes you feel. Does it scare you? Does it make you feel resistant or small? Take note of that and explore it this week if you’re open to it. Now, let’s get into the reasons that the practice of letting go is one of the most powerful things you can gift yourself.

 

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Letting go will soften your pain.

It may sound counter-intuitive, because “you have to fight for your peace” in this life experience, but I can assure you this is the most intuitive thing you can do when you feel yourself attaching to or obsessing over something negative in your life. I’d like you to think of a situation where you were scared and clinging to something physical as a way to try and help yourself feel safer or more in control. Maybe you’re driving or cycling and you’re white-knuckling the steering wheel or handlebars? Feel the pain you would feel in your hands in that moment.

Now feel the softening you experience when you’re out of that scary situation and you allow your hands to let go a little bit and relax. That is what mentally letting go can do for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Allow yourself to let go, and your pain will soften. How badly do you want the pain to begin to heal or calm down? That is how badly you want yourself to let go. Give yourself that space.

 

Letting go creates space for the good sh*t.

When you can let go of that which is holding you back, blocking your magic, or bringing you negativity, you simultaneously create space for the good sh*t. The light, joy, and other magic that your soul craves can be welcomed in, but only when you have let what is taking up space now go. This practice of release is also a practice of creation, because as you let go, you have new space to receive. As you let go, you have new space to create, play, and enjoy your experiences.

Your thoughts can move onto better things, your joy can come back to life, and your mind can focus on the more important things. I invite you to observe what you are holding onto that is taking up your space for the goodness that is available to you, and if you are willing, let it go today with ease and grace.

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Letting go allows you to ground back into your ever-present peace.

When I was at a Vipassana course I learned through my meditation experiences that everyone has a deeply rooted, ever-present, unshakeable peace, and I learned that the thing that holds us back from experiencing this is our reactions, judgement, assumptions, etc. When you can let go of these truly very little things in life, and just allow what you cannot control to be what it will be, you find yourself back in that ever-present peace that is always accessible to you. I understand this may be a more broad concept for many to understand, but once you have experienced it, it can change how you live. And if you can have the awareness that it even is a possibility for you, you’ll find yourself experiencing this concept as reality without even intending it.

 

There you go, beautiful souls! I would love to hear any Aha moments you may have had from these ideas, and how they have since shifted the way you show up to life, so please share with us in the comments below and we’ll get the conversation going even deeper.

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

 

This Is How The World Is Going To Change

This Is How The World Is Going To Change

I am blogging every day this month, and with that, I am going to practice allowing. Today this means I am allowing what wants to be written to be written and shared, which I haven’t done in quite a while and it feels good so far.

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The world is not going to change by you screaming about what you don’t want, though it may make your throat hurt. The world is not going to change from your rage tweets, either. Though you may get cramps in your hands from the way you grip your phone in despair. I also doubt the world is going to change only from your protests. This goes for all sides.

The world will not change if you are trying to prove yourself right, or someone else wrong. It will not change if you spend your time sharing your opinion through memes, if you spend your time printing tee shirts that read ‘RESIST’, or if you spend your time trying to be okay with what feels wrong or upsetting that is going on in the world.

The world is not going to change if you eat kale and meditate on peace everyday. Maybe the meditating will help, but you’ll need a lot more where that came from, and you are only one person.

I’m sorry, the world is not going to change with that masterfully written think piece from HuffPost being shared a few hundred times, either.

The world will not change with your spirituality or religion, with your hope or your faith, or your lack thereof. We do not need the government to change for our world to change, either.

We need us to change. 

If you want to know how the world is going to change, ask yourself how you can change the world. If the whole world feels too big for you to heal, help, or uplift, then start with your world. Heal, help, and uplift yourself. Maybe you’ll inspire others along the way. Heal, help, and uplift your family, your friends, your office. Heal, help, and uplift your city if you can. Do your best. 

But please, just do something. I write because I want to inspire and empower people, and because I know that in time that will help to change the world.

 

 

Why do you do what you do? Give it meaning, give it purpose. Bring your work, whatever it is to life. Bring it light.

The world will change when we stop kicking and screaming, but instead choose to stand up straight, step off our pedestals or break our own chains, and get our hands in the soil. Do the work. Dig deep. Heal deeply. Help deeply. Uplift with all of the light that you can. And then make more of that light, because you’ll need it tomorrow.

The world will change when we can change ourselves. Who do you want to be in this life? Live that out loud. What do you want to be remembered for? Live that out loud.

The world will change when we stop looking away from the homeless beggars on the street corner while we judge them and what they could have used your money for, and instead pray for them and hold space for them to find what it is that they need on their journey.

The world will change when we tell our fear and concern of the reality to “Hush, now”, because we have work to do, and we can’t be bothered if we want the change we wish to see in the world be realized. The world will change, you see, when we bring our light to the negativity. Not when we try to drown it out completely, but rather by shifting its energy intentionally.

The Law of Attraction says that as much as you dream something into being, there must be action to support its manifestation. You can dream your dream car up, but when it offers itself to you if you say “No” to signing the papers, what good was your dreaming for anyway? We’ve all dreamed up our dreams of the beautiful world we live in and how it could be more beautiful, we better make damn sure we dot our I’s and cross our T’s, shouldn’t we?

The world will change when we show up to our work with hands ready to create and spirits ready to grow. When we can not just be a part of the conversation, or the resistance, or the movement, but when we can be a part of each other. When we can see ourselves in each other, and when we can both be at peace with our differences, and continue to work together. The world will change when we let our hearts and souls guide us, rather than our thoughts and opinions.

If darkness is the greatest canvas for light, then the world will change when we hold gratitude for our darkness, and begin to paint our light.

 

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

This Journey Called Life - How To Trust In It + Learn To Dance With It

This Journey Called Life - How To Trust In It + Learn To Dance With It

I knew blogging everyday for the 31 days of August would open up some weird experiences and energies, and four days in the energetic awareness is not disappointing! I’ve been feeling a lot today. Some amazing things about amazing projects that I get to be a part of, and some less than magical things because, hey, I’m a human experiencing this journey called Life, too. So today, I write this blog both to remind myself of these powerfully peaceful philosophies just as much as I write about them to offer you the insight, wisdom, and guidance that can carry you along your journey.

Life is a journey and a process, and I was reminded today that we must allow ourselves space to experience that in the most graceful and aligned way that we can. I was reminded of a few of the things that are the most important to my journey and I was called to share those things with you today. I know they will guide you divinely. They will bring you home to yourself, and carry you forward in your journey.

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Follow Your Signs -

Especially when they don’t make much sense. Follow your signs. The signs you know are made for you. Like the one crystal owl totem in the metaphysical store, even if you aren’t sure of what it means you know it is for you and it has things to teach you. The butterfly that lands on your leg during meditation. The angel numbers you’ve been seeing all day. See those signs, understand what they have to share with you, and follow their guidance.

For those of you unfamiliar with this kind of thing, I’ll share with more simplicity and clarity. You know when you have seen a sign that is yours, and that is guiding you. It is so important along this journey of Life to trust in those signs, because they are divine gifts of guidance, and allow them the guide you and serve you on your path.

 

Know the Divinity Within Everything -

Following that divinity train mentioned above, I’d like to offer something that can really help you to trust in Life and the experiences it can bring you. To know the divinity within everything means to have awareness and understanding that every single thing that occurs on this earth, within our lives and the world, is meant to be the way it is. This includes the guy that cut you off on the highway, the negative experiences you find yourself in during life, or the way things seem to fall apart at times.

 

Allow Your Mess To Move Through You -

And here we deepen the dance with Life. Can you allow your mess to move through you, rather than fighting it yourself, or breaking through it’s  limitations? If you can allow your mess to move through you with openness and compassion toward yourself, you will find the experience to be more gentle, and much more wise than you maybe would have been open to if you were fighting against your darkness or mess(es) in Life. Breathe. Trust in the process. Continue to dance. And allow your mess to move through you.

 

Lean Into Gratitude -

When sh*t is hitting the fan or you are feeling triggered by something negative in your life, it can be incredibly important to lean into gratitude. Not only to keep things balanced and keep your energy high, but also to cultivate an intentional energy of abundance that can be amplified, instead of whatever negative energy you may be dealing with. Take gratitude in everything you can - the sunset, your beating heart and breathing lungs, the daisy you saw growing through the cracks of the sidewalk today, the way you were able to express your thoughts just as you wanted to earlier, the fact that you have a roof over your head and that you are always divinely supported, etc.

 

Give Yourself Space -

Perhaps the most important thing to guide you into trusting in the journey of Life and learning to dance with it. Allow yourself the space that is available to you so that you may come to trust, and learn to dance. Allow yourself the space to let your messes move through you, to lean into gratitude, to see the divinity within everything, and to follow your signs.

 

I’d love to know, which of these perspectives and tools brought you an Aha! moment today? Share in the comments below what resonated with you and why!

 

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

Modern Day Mindfulness and Meditation with Welzen

Modern Day Mindfulness and Meditation with Welzen

Let’s face it, knowing where to start with meditation or mindfulness practice can be incredibly confusing or difficult! How can we take the beautiful practices and wisdom from ancient leaders and mold them to fit our busy, 21st century, everyday lives?
Meditation and Mindfulness apps have been on the rise for a while now, and I have one of the most popular ones to share with you today. Welzen app is a meditation and mindfulness guide for the modern age! The branding is beautifully vibrant and inspiring, and the guided meditations are perfect for anyone trying to find more peace within the chaotic rush of life.
Welzen explains some of the science behind meditation, “Mindfulness Meditation has proven to increase and decrease certain areas of the brain for optimal function. It increases neurons and connections in the prefrontal cortex, responsible for emotion regulation, the right anterior insula, associated with attention and awareness, the left hippocampus responsible for learning & memory, and the temporoparietal junction, related to perspective, empathy and compassion. It also shrinks the amygdala, the “fight or flight” part of the brain associated with anxiety, fear, and stress.
An important thing I feel people often miss out on about meditation, which is that it doesn’t have to be spiritual if you don’t want it to be. However, it is incredible brain hacking power. To dismiss meditation practices and tools purely because you perceive it as ‘woo-woo’ is a very unfortunate thing.
Welzen has a variety of places to start your meditation journey. Specific areas of life like stress management, better sleep patterns, improvement of relationships, and SO MUCH more have guided meditations at varying lengths. There is even a kids meditation group that I had my younger sister try (age 7).
My sister fell in love and went on to do another meditation on her own. She felt it was both fun and relaxing at the same time! What a gift for a young child to learn how to meditate and work with her brain.
I also mentioned before the branding of the Welzen Meditation and Mindfulness app. The branding is pretty epic in my opinion. There are cute as hell little alien monsters that bring a playful element to the app itself. The colors are all very vibrant, but they blend beautifully. While the colors are vibrant, they are not overwhelming. I am a huge believer in color therapy, and the way these colors work together throughout the app is both visually stunning and emotionally soothing.
Welzen’s guided meditations begin with simple breathing techniques that take less than 5 minutes to learn and start. As I mentioned before there are many different places you can start from, this personalized meditation experience is something I think is so important for learning meditation in such modern times. I have been on ten-day silent meditation courses, and while that was an insanely beautiful and unexplainable on many a level, it is unrealistic for most people to start there — let alone know that is an option at all!
All in all, if you’re someone beginning or seeking a meditation and mindfulness practice I highly recommend Welzen as a place to start out gently and powerfully.
Namaste
~Riley Reign