Some thoughts about gratitude, when it’s really hard.
It’s easy for me to feel grateful for the really awesome stuff that shows up in my life, like my family, my community and my work.
But what about gratitude in relation to the really awful stuff? What?! Yes! What about being grateful for the crap too? That’s a lot more difficult, and you might ask why should I feel grateful for that?
If we consider that there’s learning, and often really important learning when we confront the more difficult stuff in our lives, then yes, it makes sense to be thankful and wish to have more opportunities to learn and grow. We really don’t want to feel stuck, treading water, even if that might be easier to deal with. When we express gratitude, we attract more of what we want in our lives.
Try this exercise: Recall an incident from the past that really bothers you. Now reframe it to find something positive, something to be grateful for. Perhaps an important skill (like self-reliance) was developed to help you cope at the time. For me, a difficult moment can be like holding up a mirror that reflects something previously hidden, because it was so uncomfortable. Being able to confront an unpleasant truth can be truly transformative! Write down your experience and allow the positive reframe to be deeply felt, in your emotions and body sensations.
Look for ways to practice gratitude throughout your day, to engage in positivity rather than obsess with what’s wrong. Pause to be grateful for your breath. Pause to give thanks for the meal you’ve received. Pause to recognize the beauty that surrounds you in any given moment. Practice gratitude often and make it a habit. When those difficult moments show up, you’ll have an opportunity to shift and experience the moment in your life in a new way.
If you’d like some support reframing your story or getting unstuck, reach out and join me on the wellness path. Sign up for a free discovery call today!
In this week’s yoga class, we explored how by shifting your perspective of the past, and the stories you are locked into, you can more easily embrace the challenges that are showing up in this moment.
Do you ever feel stuck in your life professionally or personally? One reason may be because you’re stuck in your STORY. Stories can be AWESOME – a celebration of your ancestral history, or your accomplishments growing up. But what if the story in your head is telling you that you’re not good enough, you’re not ready, you’re too old or too young, etc. etc.?
Those stories often block us in this moment, by keeping us stuck in the past. What to do?
Firstly, NOTICE – ahhh, that’s my story, my thing, and then recognize it’s not true (even if you THINK it’s true), because it’s just your story (and your BELIEF in it limits you).
Secondly, DO SOMETHING to bring you fully PRESENT in this moment, like a long deep breath. That may be enough to shift you out of that limiting narrative and into the true story which is that you’re awesome and capable, just as you are!
Thirdly, RECOGNIZE you learned many lessons along the way and developed fabulous skills because of what you needed to cope with, that support you in life today. For example, you may have been neglected by your parents growing up, but you found a way, over time, to develop strong independence skills. Is that positive piece also a part of your story?
If you’d like some support changing the perspective of your story and getting unstuck, reach out and join me on the wellness path. Sign up for a free discovery call today!
Deva Premal & Miten and Friends “On The Wings Of Mantra”
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Toronto
May 7, 2022
CONCERT UPDATE – OCTOBER 28, 2021 As the province slowly reopens concert/event spaces to full capacity, there are restrictions that remain in place. Please note that all patrons at Queen Elizabeth Theatre must comply with provincial mandates that include proof of vaccination and mask wearing when attending an event in this space. This applies to our concert program on May 7, 2022.
We understand that these conditions for attendance may not suit the personal choices of all our patrons. We are waiving the no-cancellation policy until Friday November 19, 2021 for current ticket holders who wish to get a refund. (Refunds exclude the initial processing fees which are not recoverable). We thank you for your understanding and support.
CONCERT DATE CHANGE – May 26, 2021 Please note that the concert originally scheduled for Sunday September 13, 2020, then re-scheduled for Sunday September 12, 2021, has been re-scheduled again to Saturday May 7, 2022, at the same venue. Tickets issued for the 2020 or 2021 dates will be honoured for the May 7, 2022 date.
DEVA & MITEN’S MESSAGE TO TICKETHOLDERS Please click here for the video.
Tickets are on sale, now for the new date!
TO GET TICKET PRINT-OUT WITH NEW DATE 1. You will receive a reminder email from the ticketing service (BrightStar Live Events) 24 hours before the May 7, 2022 concert with a link to print out your new tickets.
2. If you want your new print-out earlier, you can use the “print” link on your original confirmation email from BrightStar – and the new print-out will have the new date.
3. The ticket code on the print-out for the 2020 or 2021 concert dates will be the same as for the 2022 concert, so the print-out you have now will work at the 2022 re-scheduled event.
For those who purchased tickets for the 2020 or 2021 dates but prefer a refund, please contact Nirmal at [email protected] by July 31, 2021. Ticket refunds are for the ticket cost only. The ticket agency fees are not refundable since they provided services for the initial ticket issue.
DEVA PREMAL & MITEN Join world-renowned devotional mantra stars Deva Premal & Miten and friends as they celebrate 30 years of love, mantra and inspirational music. These magical gatherings have inspired and transformed audiences across the planet. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Deva and Miten will feature a collection of old favourites from their 21-album catalogue, along with standout pieces from their 2019 Grammy nominated album DEVA, which includes the Seven Chakra Gayatri Mantra, one of their most famous signature chants.
It’s difficult to describe the communal rhapsody that occurs when Deva & Miten take the stage. “There is a portal that we all go through, musicians and audiences alike,” Miten says. “It’s created by – and connected to – everyone in the theatre. For us, it’s not about entertainment, it’s a matter of life and death. When thousands of kindred spirits gather to chant these ancient prayers, magic happens.”
Led by the exquisite, telepathically-entwined harmonies of Deva and Miten, the blend of sensual-meets-spiritual, east-meets-west music that they perform has attracted the attention of stars and world teachers. The Dalai Lama includes their chants in his private time, while Cher is currently featuring their composition of the Gayatri Mantra in her current shows. Meditators and yoga practitioners attend their concerts along with fans of new age, trance, rock, fusion, classical, Eastern and all kinds of world music.
“Mantra chanting never fails to uplift the tired spirit, no matter how disconnected we may feel,” Deva says. “And it always happens. Every theatre becomes a temple when we gather to share our voices in sacred chant.”
Queen Elizabeth Theatre 190 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON M6K 3C3 (See map)
Click HERE to purchase tickets Important Notice: Before you purchase tickets, please note that this venue abides by the provincial mandates that require proof of vaccination and masking at concert events in Ontario. By proceeding with this purchase, you agree to meet these requirements.
“Vitality & Stress” Online Training: January 10-12, 14-16, 2022
The Aquarian Teacher™ KRI Level Two Teacher Training Program
Please join us online for this KRI Level Two Certification program in Kundalini Yoga. While Level One certification is a pre-requisite, you may still take the course if you are a Kundalini Yoga student, with permission from the training team.
Vitality & Stress is one of five modules required for KRI Level Two Practitioner certification. For more information on Level Two, click here.
This training includes 6 days in the live, interactive online training, plus 90 days of home study.
In this 60 hour course (48 hours in class), cultivate the core skill for this coming age – the ability to recognize stress in ourselves and others and develop the tools to transform it and balance it with conscious relaxation. Kundalini Yoga prepares each of us to be teachers who act with undaunted spirit, exalted caliber and character, and the vitality to cross every crisis. This course is a chance to look closely at how we react to, cope with and master our vitality.
– Explore Your Vitality and Recognize Consciousness as the Core of Vitality – Identify Your Stress – Heal Cold Depression and Emotional Fatigue – Relieve, Relax, Recharge – Realize the Victory of the Spiritual Warrior
“I cultivate my core vitality to honor and use the opportunities that come with each breath—to receive them as a gift. I recognize the value of my physical and energetic bodies and take steps to maintain them. I thrive under stress and challenge; I am a spiritual warrior who leads, uplifts and delivers effective decisions. I practice a lifestyle that incorporates continuous preventative habits for vitality and victory. I have the mental and spiritual endurance to cross every crisis and be a beacon to navigate and excel in the Aquarian Age.”
Online via ZOOM. Link will be provided once registration with payment received.
* Monday January 10 to Wednesday January 12, 2022 * Thursday January 13, 2022 is off * Friday January 14 to Sunday January 16, 2022 (total 6 class days);
8:30am – 5:30pm Eastern time each day; lunch approximately 12:30-1:30pm
I. CANADIAN PRICING
Note: 1. You have a choice of e-book or print manual, however there is an additional shipping charge for the print manual. For Canadian residents, please add $33.90 (includes tax) CAD to shopping cart. 2. For residents outside Canada and the US, please note the e-book is your only option for this training program.
Adults: * Early Bird registration by December 3, 2021: $1,099 + tax ($1,241.87) CAD * Regular price after December 3, 2021: $1,299 + tax ($1,467.87) CAD
Full-time Student/Senior (65+): * Early Bird registration by December 3, 2021: $999 + tax ($1,128.87) CAD * Regular price after December 3, 2021: $1,199 + tax ($1,354.87) CAD
II. US PRICING
Note: 1. You have a choice of e-book or print manual, however there is an additional shipping charge for the print manual. For US residents, please add $22.60 (includes tax) USD to shopping cart. 2. For residents outside Canada and the US, please note the e-book is your only option for this training program.
Adults: * Early Bird registration by December 3, 2021: $895 + tax ($1,011.35) USD * Regular price after December 3, 2021: $1,055 + tax ($1,192.15) USD
Full-time Student/Senior (65+): * Early Bird registration by December 3, 2021: $815 + tax ($920.95) USD * Regular price after December 3, 2021: $975 + tax ($1,101.75) USD
* Half price for those who have taken this course before. Go even deeper into your understanding and experience of Vitality & Stress!
Tailored payment plans available. Contact Nirmal for details.
1) Pay online with INTERAC e-Transfer: Email transaction details to [email protected] (Please be sure to add $33.90 shipping charge if you’re requesting the print manual). Please complete online registration form.
2) Pay full tuition online with CC/PayPal: 3.8% handling fee added. Please complete online registration form.
3) Pay by cheque: Payable to “The Wellness Path”. Contact Nirmal for further details. (Please be sure to add $33.90 shipping charge if you’re requesting the print manual). Please complete online registration form.
Tailored payment plans available. Contact Nirmal for details.
1) Pay full tuition online with CC/PayPal: 3.8% handling fee added. Please complete online registration form.
Cancellation Policy All requests for refunds due to inability to attend will be subject to an administration fee of $300. All requests must be received in writing and sent to Nirmal Singh via email or mail by December 31, 2021. No refunds will be authorized after this date. Thank you for your understanding.
Nirmal Singh Nirmal Singh, a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Lead Trainer, has taught Kundalini Yoga since 1999. He created The Wellness Path, which offers Kundalini Yoga related programs and events in Toronto and surrounding communities including Level One and Level Two training, sacred chant concerts, workshops and retreats. Nirmal specializes in Beyond Addiction training, workshops and classes. He is a certified Life Coach and Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, focusing on clients who wish to change difficult habitual patterns, or gain insight and strength in their recovery from addictions or trauma.
Haridass Kaur, Ph.D Dr. Haridass Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D. lives in Los Angeles, California, USA and is a KRI Lead Trainer. She is trained in Natural Health, Shiatsu-Anma and studies the biomechanics, Qi optimization, and neural patterning of pain sensory to alleviate Chronic Pain. She is focused on making local teachers and building sangat/communities worldwide. She is dedicated to spreading the Teachings far and wide and leads Level One Trainings in Bali, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Panama, and in the United States. She teaches regularly at 3HO Solstices, Sat Nam Fest Mexico, Bhaktifest and the European Yoga Festival. She serves as a member of Teacher Trainer Executive Committee and as a KRI Board member.
*Please note that the concert scheduled for Saturday November 13, 2021 has been rescheduled for Saturday April 9, 2022.
*All purchased tickets will be honoured for the new concert date.
*Requests for refunds for tickets purchased prior to July 23, 2021 will be accepted until September 24, 2021.
Watch “Breathe (I Am Free)” from her new “Voices Like Rain” Live album!
Ajeet and her band weave together ancient rhythms and melodies, deep meditative spaces and heart-opening songs to bring you on a journey through music. Their concerts are an opening to spirit, a ceremonial space, and an opportunity for deep connection. Accompanied by Ezra Landis on guitar, and Raffa Martinez on percussion, and Aisling Urwin on harp, allow Ajeet’s voice to carry you to another realm. Let your voice join with many in a call for healing, a return to the ancient ritual of prayer through song.
“I feel so blessed to know Ajeet, to sing with her, and practice in spiritual community together. Her music & presence is purely uplifting, joyful, and filled with devotion. I hope you will come out to chant with her.” ~ Snatam Kaur
Ajeet is a world music artist weaving inspiration from traditional Irish folk to mystical and meditative soundscapes. The band come together from Spain, Ireland and the United States to offer a musical experience which transcends boundaries and takes listeners on a journey through melody and sonic texture. Collaboration is central in her work, and some of her collaborators include Trevor Hall, Aisling Urwin, Sukhmani Rayat, Rising Appalachia, Snatam Kaur, Seamus Egan and Peia. Her album, “Indigo Sea” was self-produced and engineered, and was released independently with support from fans and listeners. Celebrated as #1 on the iTunes World Chart and Billboard Top 10 New Age Chart, Ajeet’s music continues to be embraced by communities across the globe.