Bullies and Compassion

We’ve all heard it. Bully behaviour often comes from a place of hurt or insecurity… We should respond to these people with compassion and love, not with anger… But holy hell it’s hard sometimes isn’t it?!!!

Who feels like giving someone a hug, when they’re looking down on you, telling you you’re not good enough, or mocking everything you hold dear?

Bullies can make me soo angry sometimes! I guess this probably comes from a place of feeling like I didn’t fit in, and was bullied for a good portion of my childhood. Child bullies I understand, adult bullies I struggle with more… They should know better. I feel my back start to prickle, and a hypothetical low rumble in the back of my throat. Then I get annoyed at myself for letting someone else have power over my emotions… It’s a vicious circle.

As an aspiring yogi, compassion for everyone at all times is something I am trying to show, but every now and then one of these people remind me that I have a long way to go. I am reminded that I am human, but I will keep striving to do better.

Great big virtual hugs to you all!

Laveena

Operation Dreamspace: Update #2

 

Music

No clear wins on the music front, have decided to get back to some songwriting also in the next week, and even start (very crudely) recording some of these, in order to play them back, listen objectively, and generally flex these muscles!

Design

I found myself with some free scribble time this weekend, and was inspired to try a bit of a mash up with some ideas people had given me to throw in my ‘ideas jar’ (will write about this at some stage!). Anyway I ended up scribbling some crude ideas forย Bioshock: The Ballet,ย LOL! I didn’t even have a rubber on me, so any mistakes I just had to roll with… with mixed results, but it was a fun wee exercise!

I actually don’t know much about the Bioshock videogame series, so I spent a fair bit of this time trying to research the storyline and characters to get a feel for the concepts that should be considered and included. It didn’t leave me too much time to actually draw but feel free to laugh along with me with a couple of my concepts below!:

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If you aren’t a gamer, and would like some background on what Bioshock is all about, I’ll try and break it down in a way that (might) not offend the dedicated Bioshock fans… A plane crashes in the ocean, and a passenger by the name of Jack manages survive, finding himself in the underwater city of Rapture. The discovery that a substance called ADAM can modify DNA and help people gain superhuman abilities had led to all sorts of mischief (as you can expect), and Jack ends up taking on all sorts of evil, with many little story lines and twists weaving in between. If you’re interested in the game, you can check it out here!

For my digital design time, I didn’t end up creating much that was new, but instead spent a bit of time tweaking current designs after a new round of samples appeared at my door and I decided I liked the style better, and had to change all my designs to adapt! I’m soo happy with my leggings, my GOD they’re so soft and comfortable! I can hardly believe this brand is all mine! All new versions are going to be released by the end of the night, with a bit of a celebratory sale! so feel free to take full advantage ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check them out atย www.grimponie.com

Yoga

This week’s pose to work on (read: move towards achieving) was my middle split.

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Image retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/27004404673 (I could only WISH to claim this as my attempt!)

My flexibility has frankly been atrocious my entire life, and the flexibility I have gained so far may seem like what any normal person should have but trust me… I had to work for it…

FANTASTICALLY, noticed some change in my flexibility! It seems like some weeks .there’s a whole lot of streching, but no acknowledgable progress, and then one day, BAM, progress! I never used to be able to straighten my legs while in “happy baby”, or touch the ground when stretching one leg at a time out sideways, but both were achieved this week!

Although I feel like the time of day also helped, because it was a Sunday and I had been running around doing life admin beforehand, warming my muscles up more than what they would usually get before a practice session, but hey, I’ll take it.

Is there anything more better than feeling a muscle you’ve been working on stretching out for WEEKS, finally give up and allow you to find surrender in a yoga pose? It’s just soo delicious!

Anyway, I digress (as usual). No middle split yet achieved, but it is still a work on progress. This next week, my pose to focus on will be Pigeon Pose! Let’d do it ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you’ve made some progress towards your dream this week!? I’d love to hear about it! What do you dream about? How are you going to get it?

 

Laveena

 

 

Operation Dreamspace: Windowshopping for the Perfect Space

So let’s say I could drop everything right now and go live the dream in my dream studio, and in the dream location (unlikely), but if I could, where would that be? What EXACTLY would it look like?

I have been windowshopping…

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It does look like a wide open space, and love the fact that there is a photography area all set up! Pity about the dead animals everywhere… ALSO, I’m not crazy about it being right in the central city, how can I romanticize about having the warm, fresh by peaceful air flowing in through the french doors, if it’s right on K’ Road?? Although there is the sweet little benefit of being able to hit Revell cafe for vegan pancakes whenever I want…

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Honestly this was the only studio that peaked my interest was available to rent fulltime, not by the hour, IN THE WORLD. So that’s it… the list ends at 1.

So hey, what’s not available?! There was a real theme going with the studios that I did like the look of… notice a theme? ๐Ÿ˜‰ fresh air and sunlight ahhhhhh. Just add on some extra space for a workroom and a recording studio and we’re in business!

Funnily enough my favourite of these is the last one, next door to what looks like a house, and overlooking greenery for miles. OH YES. Looks like that answers a few of my questions around where I should look, and whether I should rent… this is a custom dream which requires a custom solution.

I love little exercises like this! What would your dreamspace look like?

 

Laveena

 

Operation Dreamspace: Update #1

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This is probably going to be a very long operation… better get cracking then!

Honestly most of the work is going to be in getting somewhat good at the things I want to actually DO in my Dreamspace studio for yoga, design and music! And of course consistency is key when it comes to getting better at something, so I have committed to at LEAST the following daily (as a minimum!)

Music

  1. 15 minutes guitar practice,
  2. 15 minutes bass practice,
  3. 30 minutes vocals or show rehearsal while I’m getting ready for this

Design

  1. Sketch out at least one concept wearable art design,
  2. Create one new digital design for Grim Ponie (even if I end up hating it), or learn one new digital design trick

Yoga

  1. Practice daily to increase flexibility
  2. Each week will pick a new pose to tackle ,or circle back to a pose I’ve struggled with, and will spend a good chunk of each daily practice to focus on alignment of, or preparation for this pose

Honestly I find I manage to squeeze in more than the minimum most days, but achieving the minimum is great for confidence, especially when it’s been a busy day at the day job to pay the bills in the meantime!

I’d love to hear of any ideas that helped you master your own craft quickly?!

Share the knowledge!

 

Laveena

Honing in on the Dream

What does your ideal day look like?

Most motivational books I’ve read and people I’ve listened to, ask this question. For the longest time I thought I had a rough idea of what I would like to do for the next 30 years at least, before retiring and doing what I ACTUALLY wanted to do. So I guess, it wasn’t really the correct answer to the question in the first place.

What I should have been doing is thinking about what I would like to be doing with my time if I could retire NOW. That’s where the sugar is. Except for just as long, I didn’t really know what that was either, not the nuts and bolts of every day anyway, up until recently.

Picture this…

Waking up to a large, warm and sunny yoga studio, flooded with light. I would spend my morning practising and teaching yoga, and meditating in the morning light.

The remainder of the day would be spent researching design inspiration, and creating amazing pieces in the sunny workroom attached to the yoga studio.

The night would be spent making music, eating good food with my favourite people, and perhaps a good glass of the red stuff.

All very romantic I know… I know in practice it wouldn’t be all as easy and breezy as it sounds! but I’ll be damned if I’m just going to wait until I’m in my 60’s to have it!

Now that I know what I want, and can just about feel that warm morning sun on my face I don’t want to wait! Operation “Dreamspace” is now underway! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am of course still very amateur in all 3 of the areas which I plan to take up my time with, which is an obstacle in itself because I don’t know enough about either of them to jump into a career in a particular area so it will take time to gain the skills (and the funds) I need around my day-job, but hey, this is progress!

Time to re-focus and hone-in on those dreams!

I’d love to hear what your answer would be? โ™ฅ

 

Laveena

 

Purpose and puzzles

There are lots of reasons as to why I work so hard, why I do the things I do,and why I want to do them.

But I also feel like a have a bigger underlying ‘why’ for everything I do, and I struggle to put it into words. It’s a feeling, a primal pull, a gut instinct, but I do wish I could put it into better words.

Sometimes it feels like I’m walking around in the darkness with a mysterious object in my hands, something I found along the way, but I can’t quite remember where, or maybe I always had it.

It feels like I’m walking around in the darkness, trying to feel this object and figure out what it is, while also just trying to survive in a world where I can’t see anything.

Each step gets me closer, but it drives me crazy! Can anyone relate?

Stay curious,

Laveena

Tim Grover’s Relentless System

You can listen to a lot of successful and influential people, and take away little bits from each, but there will always be one or two who really gave you what you needed to start doing some damage to your goals. The rest just created interest.

For me, one of the big players in my current mindset is Tim Grover.

For those of you who don’t know who he is, he spent a large chunk of his career coaching Michael Jordan and a few other big names. He focuses on the performance of your mind, and what it takes to be the absolute best you can be, because at the end of the day your mindset is everything.

His talk at 10X growth con set me on fire. I felt like he reached inside my head and unlocked a hidden door that I didn’t know existed, and I left with a clear head, laser focus, and rearing to go!

At the end of that day I bought a subscription to his online training programme ‘The Relentless System’, and it not only poured fuel on the fire, but has helped me to focus my mental energy, re-evaluate what’s working and not working for me with brutal honesty and act accordingly with zero regret. It taught me to let go of my mental baggage, stop overthinking, and start following my gut. You usually know in your gut what you should do, the rest is usually just noise.

Who are your top coaches? And how are they helping you? If you don’t know yet, keep looking until you find them!

Stay hungry,

Laveena