Overcoming obstacles to your dreams

“Maybe being at rock bottom was the perfect place to start…I was about to embark on the most creative project that any of us could ever do – that of rebuilding a life.  And even though I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do, in that uncertainty came a sense of freedom. I was no longer tied to a set  path. I was free to explore life’s infinite possibilities.”
—  Janine Shepherd, walking paraplegic, TEDx talk 8/28/12

Do you have a dream that you think you can’t achieve?

I’ve been struggling with time lately.  The shortage of it.  Trying to fit all my priorities into my days, or weeks, or months, or years.  Juggling the immediate and the long range priorities.  Time has become my obstacle.  Because there are so many things I want to do.

And I know that time is just one of many obstacles that we confront in the pursuit of our dreams.

What if the obstacle was your body?  Janine Shepherd, a champion cross country skier with Olympic dreams, faced this reality.  As an athlete, her body was her identity.  Janine The Machine they called her.

Until she was hit by a truck.

And her dreams changed.

I am willing to learn how to transcend this obstacle I call time.  (I suspect it might have something to do with appreciating each moment.) I was inspired by listening to Janine Shepherd talk about how she discovered she can transcend the expectations and limitations of her body.

What gifts and strengths are contained in the obstacles you’re facing in your own life right now?

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Kai Chi Do Music Playlists: Bhaktifest California 2012

Bhaktifest California 2012

Kai Chi Do at Bhaktifest 2012 Joshua Tree, California

Bhaktifest 2012 at Joshua Tree, California was AMAZING!  If you were there, just close your eyes now, take a deep breath, and another deep breath, and feel the energy come alive again!

And in case you didn’t make it there this year – just close your eyes now, take a deep breath, and another deep breath, and listen to the music.  Join us there in spirit.  In this moment.  Right now.  We’ll meet you there.

Many Blessings!

Friday morning

The End of Suffering………..Thich Nhat Hanh and Gary Malkin, from the Graceful Passages album
Glorious Sun…………………..Bhakti Brothers Remix featuring MC Yogi
Kali Maheshwari……………..Lokah
Life is Good…………………….Michael Beckwith, the Transcendence album
Om Namo……………………….Eeday, on the Yoga Revolution album
Energetic Shapeshifter…….Michael Beckwith
Amma (extended version)..James Asher and Sivamani
Home…………………………….Bole 2 Harlem
Eurodancer…………………….DJ Mangoo
Om Nama Shivaya…………..Wizard of ozO
The Signal………………………Bertycox
Ft Jasmine Kara……………..Jonay, from the Skydiving album
La Boite a Track………………Electronischebasisgeluide
Tara……………………………….K-Liv
Padmasambhava……………..K-Liv
Jaya Radha Madhava……….Brain Control
Javanese Lullaby……………..Cory Alan Carlick

Saturday morning

The End of Suffering………..Thich Nhat Hanh and Gary Malkin, from the Graceful Passages album
Something New is Coming (Remix) by Tazdeen Rashid and Charles Robinson
Hymn of the Big Wheel…….Massive Attack
House That Body……………..Eddie Thoneick presents Elementis
All I’m Sayin’……………………Spinnaface
Sometimes Enough…………..The Black Seeds
Hoya Hoye……………………….Bole 2 Harlem
One with Fire…………………..Front 242
Gangnam Style…………………Psy
Land of Legends……………….Zero Project
Tara………………………………..K-Liv
Twameva…………………………Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach
Javanese Lullaby……………..Cory Alan Carlick

Sunday morning

The End of Suffering………..Thich Nhat Hanh and Gary Malkin, from the Graceful Passages album
Adventure in Paradise………Michael Beckwith
Metronome……………………..DJ Victor
Deep Blue………………………..Mootiv
Kali Maheshwari………………Lokah
Story of a Boy…………………..ToneSmasher
Choir Assembled………………Danilo Mazzeo
Dance Tonight………………….Capashen
Cafe Del Mar……………………Sirkhan
Hot (Club Mix)…………………Inna
The Lake………………………….Paul Winter Consort
Mystic Cord of Memory…….Michael Beckwith
Tara………………………………..K-Liv
One Day in Heaven…………..Michael Beckwith
Fiddler’s Friend……………….Breezeless
Javanese Lullaby……………..Cory Alan Carlick

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Meditation: The Translucent Stream



Meditation:  The Translucent StreamThis meditation takes you on a journey along a Translucent Stream, the stream of Life Energy.  Float on it.  Breathe with the rhythm of it.  Calm your mind.  Relax your body.  Take a ride on pure expansive consciousness.  And bring back a souvenir.

The Music is Francesco’s  Présence – You can find it on Jamendo.  His music and The Translucent Stream meditation are both shared under an Attribution-Non-Commerical-Share Alike Creative Commons license.

To download the mp3 file of this Meditation, right click the “meditation” link above, and choose “Save Link As”.  It will download the file to your computer or mobile device.

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Looking for good news?

I like to get a dose of inspiration every day.  Like a quick “pick me up”.  And my favorite places to get good news are KarmaTube and Gimundo.

What did Gimundo deliver to me today?  This little video where Simon Cowell learns (again) that you can’t  judge a book by its cover.

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Quiet your Mind Meditation

I really think this video captures the Spirit of Water in Kai Chi Do. Do the breath and the movement and your mind quiets, and your energy starts to flow.  Then your awareness expands and you feel connected to your Self and the Source of who you are.  Give it a try.

The music is “Tara” by K-Liv, available on Jamendo.com

Many Blessings!

Quiet your Mind Meditation

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