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Are You in Synch? Getting into the Rhythm of the Universe   Leave a comment

rhythm meditationby Kandis Twa

Most of us are aware that nature functions in daily, monthly and yearly cycles. These cycles are in synchronistic flow with the rhythm of the universe. We can see this rhythm when we observe the growth cycle of plants, the movement of the tides and the behavioural patterns of animals however, many of us feel that these rhythms either do not affect us, or that we are somehow out of synch.

It is self-evident that being ‘in synch’ or in ‘the flow’ feels good and being ‘out of synch’ does not. We experience this when we dance, participate in a drum circle, play music or sport. Physiologically our bodies respond to and get into ‘rhythm’ with another person when you have a good conversation, your brain waves will fall into synch; heart cells contract simultaneously when they are brought together; and breathing rates, brain waves and heart rate are all rhythmically entrained.  Being ‘in synch’ is a natural state and your environment has the greatest impact on which rhythms your body will lock into synch with.
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Confident Decisions   Leave a comment

Deciphering Truth Within Yourself

by Kandis Twa

Have you ever been faced with a big opportunity and not sure if the apprehension you are feeling is normal or if somehow your intuition is trying to tell you something?

This was a big question for me about a year ago when I was given the opportunity to travel to a new country to do some really interesting work. Initially I was excited about all the new experiences I was going to have, the fascinating people I would have the chance to work with and suddenly I was really nervous; restless sleeping kind of nervous. So naturally I wondered is this nervousness coming from a forewarning kind of place or is this just the butterflies that naturally signal the start of a new adventure?

In order to feel really good about your decisions it is important to be able to distinguish between fear and guidance from your higher self; here are some suggestions.

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30 Days of Meditation: Day 15 Update   Leave a comment

A High Five for Myself

by Kandis Twa

I have reached a milestone. I started this challenge on the 28th of February, today is March 13th, that is fifteen days in a row of meditation and you know, I am quite proud of myself. There is something  quite fulfilling about keeping promises to yourself. I’ve not been very good at that before. I know that it is important to keep promises to others, it builds trust, but I didn’t realize that keeping promises to myself is building confidence in me. I believe myself now when I say that I am going to get up when the alarm clock goes off, or that I will eat a proper breakfast in the morning. All of these ‘promises kept’, including my fifteen days in a row of meditation, are like a little high five to myself. OK, a big high five.

As well, I am very excited to be able to share a guided meditation from our workshop series for those of you who are new to meditation and were wondering about a good place to start.  This one is called  “Chakra Weaving” and is lead by Jas Malcolm. It is about 17 minutes long-which isn’t too long if you are new to meditating and takes you through the process of harmonizing, balancing and aligning the major energy centres of your body. I find it to be very calming and energizing at the same time.Press play on the audio player above  to listen to on your computer or click here to download 

Spiritual Toolbox-Use the Force   Leave a comment

Three ways you can have more energy for your day-Kandis Twa

Your Light Force energy-know to some as your electromagnetic field, or your auric field-is the energy that you use up almost on a daily basis. It takes a lot of energy to deal with other people, their thought and feelings and actions- in other words it takes a lot of energy to deal with other peoples energy. This is how it’s used up, and it can be completely used up.

Warning signs that your Light Force energy is very low are:

1.You get sick. The doctor canʼt figure out why because nothing is showing up in the tests, yet you keep getting sicker and sicker.

2.You feel tired and “drained”. At the end of each day you are exhausted, no matter what you do you don’t seem to have enough energy for your day.

3. You canʼt sleep. Even though you are very tired, you just canʼt get a good nights sleep. You keep waking up throughout the night, and when you get up in the morning you don’t feel rested.

4.You experience mental confusion. Mental confusion is  like being in a fog.  For example, you walk into a room and then can’t remember why you went in there. Or you forget what you were saying halfway through saying it.

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A Horse that Works in Mysterious Ways   1 comment

Your Reality: Courtesy of your Thoughts and Feelings-Kandis Twa

An expression I hear all the time  is “Well, it is what it is” or “It was meant to be”.

A couple of years ago I probably would have told you these statements were a bit flaky (and  be sure not to try either of these out on my Dad, God bless him!). Now, however I can see the wisdom in them. Just yesterday a friend shared a teaching  story from  Zen-Buddhism which I think reflects the sentiment of  these statements.

Once upon the time there was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

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Posted October 14, 2011 by Pure Leadership in Kandis Twa, Spiritual Toolbox

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Spiritual Toolbox-A Breathing Notebook   Leave a comment

Taking a Deep Breath- Kandis Twa

An old post but a goodie:

Here we go back to the basics…so important. Something in fact, that we all do every day and usually take for granted-breathing. A good friend of mine once said “If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”.

This technique is covered in our book Change is Natural and originated from the “Complete Breath of Yogi Ramacharaka” (The Science of Breath, 1904), but I thought it would be a good to take it out, shake the dust off and invite you to remember this very important skill.

The Complete Yoga Breath:

The breath must be done through the nose because the nose filters out the nasties and warms the air so the the respiratory system is protected from the damage of cold air. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 30, 2011 by Kandis Twa in From PL books, Kandis Twa, Spiritual Toolbox

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Tips for Tasty Travels   Leave a comment

A Food Lesson Learned on the Dusty Road-Kandis Twa

Something very important I discover as it relates to food, and when it comes to food those who know me, know that I LOVE a good meal! Whenever we travel one of the best things is the opportunity to experience a different culture, and I think that most of you would agree that culture expresses itself in a large way through its food!! Now, what people eat in different parts of the world can be very delicious or it can be….to our way of thinking very strange as well as to our bodies. I’ll share with you how I managed to have the maximum amount of happy digestion and enjoyment while minimizing the ick factor while we were travelling. When presented with a lovely plate of food never ask “Oh, what’s this?” If you are able to get through a meal after hearing that what your host has so proudly presented you with is in fact a steaming hot plate of chicken bones and frogs then I applaud your gustatory mastery! I am nowhere this skilled, so this is what I’ve learned: never ask what it is you are about to eat…I mean never. If you ask, you are done for. Just smell your food, know that it is delicious, and do what your host does. I will repeat: just smell it and know that it is delicious! As you are eating you can say to yourself “I am consuming divine energy”. This will raise the energy of what you eat and your body will know exactly how to digest all of this exciting new food. Is there anything you have learned about enjoying your meals while travelling? Love to hear it!