David Good on Dharma: That without which nothing can stand

633501560dcd11e39f1222000aeb0ea1_7We can go though life set on auto pilot. Waking up at the same time every day, hitting snooze twice, commuting to work with our ear buds shoved in to dull out our boredom or worse, what if you had to talk to someone we see everyday. We work, head home, watch NetFlixs and start all over again the next day. But what if we stepped off this carousel and asked ourself what do you stand for? What is our Dharma? Does life have a purpose?

This question is a big one that can sometimes induce fear because most of the time we know we are not living a life full of purpose. We sell ourselves short by compromising just to get by. What if you started with baby steps by asking ourself some valuable questions?

What if you saw fear as an opportunity to grow? 

When we look fear in the eye and realize we don’t have to react in a fight or flight response we can start to develop a capacity to handle more of life’s stresses. We can withstand anything because we know its a true opportunity being given to us to grow and get to know ourselves deeper.

Can you speak the truth?

Its going to take all your courage to stand tall and always speak the truth to everyone all the time. No more white lies. Take a deep breath and do it. If you find yourself reaching for a lie, tell the person you have to get back to them with your answer and then make sure you do. Its going to be a little rough and bumpy but people will soon value you as a person they can count on for the truth. On the flip side some people aren’t looking for the truth so be ready for that.

What if you always kept your word?

This one is big, you are going to have to learn to say no if you know you can’t do it. Practice it right now, say NO. You can’t say yes all the time and become the canceller. Soon you will get less and less invites, people will learn they can’t depend on you. Keep your word, think about it before you say yes, can you actually deliver. Become a rock in your life and others. s

Do you have teachers and mentors you can look up to and learn from?

Having teachers and mentors we set our sites on a higher value system. I am not saying teachers and mentors are perfect, actually its better if they are not. But its great to have someone to learn from. Find someone who’s values are close to what you aspire to and spend sometime with them. Successful people hang out with successful people.

Are you willing to keep learning?

Become a student of life. Gobble up books, articles, you tube videos, and take a course you always wanted to take. To really get to know what you stand for you need to get out there and discover the world a bit. Try stuff, make mistakes, learn stuff and find out what your values are. The world is waiting for you.

When we start to get clearer we can stand up a little taller because we know what we stand for. Life is going to get a lot more interesting and you are going to have to be okay with being a little uncomfortable. Living your dharma is not the safe route but its going to be a whole lot more fun.

Screen-Shot-2013-04-24-at-4.37.55-PM-250x378David’s passion is sharing his love for the practice of yoga with over 500 hours YTT, Restorative, Therapeutic and Meditation training under his belt. He asks you to meet yourself on the mat everyday. David’s teaching style is fun, inclusive and accessible to every level. Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned enthusiast you will walk away learning something about your practice which is bound to enrich your life. Based in Toronto, but never shy to travel around the world  to share his love for yoga with as many people as he can.

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The Power of Living Your Truth with Sarah Ezrin

Sarah Ezrin  |  Brentwood Ambassador

There is a bright light within each of us. A shining diamond made up of pure joy and peace. This is our true nature or most authentic self.  Unfortunately many only see glimpses as their lights get dimmed by stress, fatigue, distraction.

Yet nothing obscures one’s innermost brightness more than being on the wrong path and not living your truth.

So how do you discover your dharma? By listening to the silence between the thoughts. This is where intuition and the heart lie.

I grew up in Los Angeles in an entertainment family, so it seemed only logical to go into show business. I worked in publicity and production and while I was great at my jobs, it was extraordinarily stressful. Every day I felt like an imposter, like I was swimming against the tide.

Luckily, my sister was an avid yoga practitioner and suggested I get into a practice. I’d dabbled since college, but never fully committed. As I got deeper into the practice and thus deeper into myself, the discordancy of what I was doing versus who I was became more pronounced.

Through spiritual practice, we learn to quiet limiting beliefs and fear-based thoughts and tune into the heart.  And my heart was becoming clear that my path was helping others.

Like most of us though, I had become complacent. I made okay money, I had a good job.  Insert excuse, after excuse.

The reality was I was scared. Change is frightening and uncomfortable! Especially if the outcome is unknown.

It was not until my mum got diagnosed as having terminal cancer that I truly understood the importance of seizing every moment and gathered the courage to quit my job and follow my dreams.

The instant I made the decision to pursue teaching yoga, things seemed to fall into place.  When you are on the right path, the universe gives you photo-1-2signs and there is an ease.

Now this is not to say things are easy. There is a difference. If life were simple it would be boring! Obstacles are placed on our paths to test our resolve and make it (and us) much stronger.

The Amazonite Mala helps me stay connected to my truth. It is helpful in alleviating fears and doubts and plugging one into deeper intuition.  The green stone is also the color of the heart chakra.

When living from an authentic and connected place you are immediately successful.  Your innermost light shines like a beacon and you attract opportunities and people that reflect that brightness.

Life is short. Take the leap and spend it doing what you love! The universe will support you.

 About Sarah 

Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is a yoga teacher and writer based out of Los Angles. With a profound love of travel, she runs around the world teaching and doing yoga. For Sarah, the practice not about the tricks or the postures; it is about connecting to one’s center and living from your greatest truth. www.sarahezrinyoga.com