AVEDA set up their Beauty Bar to style the strands of many wise beauties, including Aloha Dreamboard founder and dream coach, Tiare Thomas. Where they got up close and personal, interviewing a selected group of Wanderlust influencers to share tips to help you discover your inner yogi.
Some people are already well off without a formal meditation practice - and some of us are already spontaneously in meditative states if we practice such things as the arts, music, or absorb ourselves in nature or other healthy, peaceful activities.
So it may not be calling to you, this whole meditation thing, but if you were to do it, I think you’d find it to be very novel to sit there and do nothing and just be by yourself - it can seem useless or even ridiculous to some at first, but I guarantee that you will experience some changes, subtle or profound, if you were to sit silently alone for some part of your waking day on a regular basis. You may even see the “layers” of yourself start to peel away or open up through this process, revealing something deeper about yourself.
I’ve personally found that there is a magic to this sitting and just breathing and being with yourself, in a simple way that can lead to greater self discovery, greater alignment with the power that lies within, and greater contentment in life by beginning to and eventually realizing what truly matters. To get to the essence of what it is that makes you happy in your life that has nothing to do with outer circumstances - imagine that!
That would be a gem to realize! Talk about liberation and freedom.
How exactly do you think this kind of deep contentment may come about from just sitting there and doing nothing?! All these realizations about your deeper truth and then living in ways that bring you more fulfillment and more love for yourself and others without trying to “get” something from the outside world...sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it!
"as you sit there and meditate an outer layer of yourself starts to spontaneously peel away, it may even fall away completely, to reveal a deeper layer of yourself."
Well, I like to think of it in terms of a few metaphors. First, imagine yourself as an onion - and as you sit there and meditate an outer layer of yourself starts to spontaneously peel away, it may even fall away completely, to reveal a deeper layer of yourself.
Or if you prefer, you can imagine yourself in terms of a lotus flower. As you sit quietly with openness, kindness and compassion towards yourself, it's as if a little pink outer lotus pedal begins to unfold and open, revealing the deeper inner blossoms of you, with thousands more petals waiting to bloom.
These may be useful metaphors for how sitting silently on a regular basis and just taking a little time out for yourself to relax and be still can lead to a deeper unveiling of your essential qualities beyond the surface of what you know of yourself now.
I’d suggest not to expect any revolutionary changes in yourself or your life overnight after your first meditation sitting. Instead, just be open to intuitive subtle shifts. Over time you may feel the falling away of certain tendencies that can result from developing a regular meditative practice.
What comes of it is more of a shedding of things, rather than a gaining of things, at least in my experience. And what shines through as these outer layers open up, is the light of your true Self that is always there and never changes. It’s that universal light that’s always been there at your core, awaiting it’s revelation through your simplification and an allowing of your true essence to flow through.
"Here’s the caveat - it’s not always easy and sometimes if you go deeper and longer into the practice it can reveals your shadow side."
Here’s the caveat - it’s not always easy and sometimes if you go deeper and longer into the practice it can reveals your shadow side. Simply put, all the things remaining in your psyche, mind or body that need to be healed and purged may come up as these superficial and deeper layers of yourself are opening up. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s actually a great process for transformation-- but it may be quite confronting and uncomfortable to deal with repressed things we haven’t seen in a long long time.
It’s well worth it in the end to unearth them lest they continue to wreak havoc internally and externally in our lives. This is the juicy and true healing aspect of a more consistent meditation practice over some time.
Seek support from a dear friend or compassionate professional when the going gets tough in your meditative practice, and stick with it even through the unveiling of the uncomfortable things that need to come into the light of awareness. Because beyond those layers at your core is the freedom, ease and pure expression of your authentic self as you are, and ultimately, your true Self, or unconditioned Love itself. Your essence or true Self is kind of like the ocean that holds all of what is, in it’s huge infinite warm embrace.
So, it’s worth a go! Even for 5 minutes every morning to start. See what subtle changes happen with even a brief few minutes of conscious meditation a day, and know that it could take weeks or months to see any changes - so sticking to it is key.
It's always a wonderful mystery to see what gems this shedding of layers will reveal from within your beautiful self!
Namaste my friends!
May you be happy,
May you be at peace and
May you be healthy and strong in body, mind and spirit.
Love and light,
P.S. In part 2 of this blog post next week, we’ll go more in depth about the “layers” of self, and what those may be, and what could be revealed within as we go deeper into our core with our meditation practices.
I kid you not....no more than one year ago, I was inspired and decided to commit to adding Wanderlust Festival to our company's dreamboard. Fast forward to this past week, Thursday the 25th of February, and I found myself up on stage, conquering my biggest fear, speaking to an audience of over 150 people, on the stage of the Wanderlust Festival's Speak Easy.
Notice the image above. It was randomly taken by Hugh E. Gentry and posted up on the New York Times of my dear friend, Noelani Love and I, as we celebrated manifestation victory at the festival last year. I was there, strictly to support my two soul sisters Noelani Love and Juri Ko Edwards, as they had been selected to teach yoga classes at the 2015 Wanderlust Festival.
How did we all get there? What I believe was hard work, determination, and a touch of manifestation, is what lead us to being invited to teach and share at the popular and largest yoga festival in the Nation, at least that I personally know of.
Let's start with my two lovely friends. Noelani and Juri, at the time, fairly newly certified yoga instructors, shared with me what a big deal it would be to teach a yoga class at this amazing and grand yoga festival, called "Wanderlust." I had only a tiny idea of what they were talking about at the time, because I've heard people talking about the festival, but I've never actually attended, nor did I ever see any photos. So, not much more than a year before 2015's Wanderlust Festival, both women decided that they would put it out there in the universe, add it to their dreamboards, to one day teach a class there.
I can't tell you how excited and happy I was for them, when they individually shared with me the exciting news, that each of them had been asked to lead a number of yoga classes at the festival for 2014. Within a year of them putting it out there, these two women had manifested what some may believe to be a miracle. How cool is that?!
Honestly, I would have never attended this festival (only because I didn't know enough about it) if it weren't for my desire to support Noelani (who introduced me to the vision boarding concept and eventually became one of my long term dream clients) and Juri (a dreamboard client since my early years of leading workshops). More so than clients, these two women have been a collective of my dearest friends and supporters. And there was no way I'd miss this for the world.
But after attending their classes and experiencing other amazing classes, all at the festival, I fell in love with what the Wanderlust Festival was all about. Not only was I proud of Noelani and Juri, but I was also inspired by the two beauties and the other incredibly talented yogis I took classes from due to their individual styles of connecting with hundreds of people per class on a very deep and spiritual level. It melted my heart to see so many people sharing a healthy practice together as a unit.
During that time at the festival, I also wound up taking a meditation class where I met a very friendly man who introduced himself as a leader of vision boards. His name was Nick Mirabello, Chief Igniter of UROCK. I was so excited to finally meet someone who actually teaches dreamboarding, because I've always wished to connect with others who shared this practice as well, in hopes of gaining insight and master minding on how we could better serve our curious dreamers and community. Nick was so excited to share that he just finished meeting with some of the coordinators from the festival and he would eventually be leading vision board workshops at future Wanderlust Festivals.
It was so interesting, because earlier that day, the question and thought of, "I wonder if this festival would ever have me lead a workshop here?" popped in my mind. And after he shared with me the news, I was hopeful that "Wow! Maybe I could do the same one day?"
Months passed by and I had shared with another dear friend and soul sister, Angela Aguirre, about Noelani and Juri's success at the festival as well as how much fun and cool this festival was for me. I told her that I loved it so much, I'd like to go every year and check out others across the country. So, when Angela and I did our next dreamboard session together, she was inspired and added it to her own dreamboard so that she would one day be able to enjoy the festival on Oahu.
Within months, Angela and I found ourselves at the Wanderlust 108 in California on the Santa Monica Pier. She was pregnant at the time and enjoying every bit of it. We participated in the mini triathlon, where we ran the beach, did yoga under the guidance of MC Yogi, joined in on a huge group guided meditation, and danced the day away to DJ Drez. I remember having the time of our lives.
After the festival, I gave it a long shot and asked one of the presenters if they had a contact to any of the lead staff so I could possibly reach out in hopes of leading a dreamboard workshop at any of the future Wanderlust Festivals. I was given an email address and name, yet never went about reaching out. My self doubt, for some reason, took over and I figured, "Maybe it's just not the right time? I mean, what would I say? And would I get rejected?"
Every person who has ever taken one of my dreamboard workshops or had a one-on-one session with me knows that I passionately express the power of positive thinking and belief. There is a block that comes up as soon as we decide we don't believe...believe in the possibilities and believe in ourselves.
Well, I am only human, and I battle with belief on the regular. Although, I do acknowledge it in time and attack it head on, just because I know that once I kick down that wall of self-doubt and negative self talk, my manifesting powers, in time, celebrate in victory.
Although procrastination on reaching out to the Wanderlust staff won, in time, I still decided to add "Wanderlust" to my company dreamboard. It was a few months after Wanderlust 108 in California, during the summer of 2015, when Angela and I were sitting at her dining room table coaching each other as well as fantasizing about how cool it would be for both of us to eventually be presenters at this inspiring festival.
Angela is also a Life Coach. She's actually the one who inspired me to getting my life coaching certification in the first place. We have been supporting each others dreams since the day we met.
As soon as I flew back to Hawai‘i, I immediately and officially added "Wanderlust" to my dreamboard. I didn't know how or when this would ever happen, but I knew that as long as I trust in the process, it would eventually come to fruition.
But, if you were to ask me if I ever imagined speaking on stage at Wanderlust within less than a year, you would definitely feel a shocking reaction. And I would shake my head in disbelief thinking, "that's a bit soon. Don't you think?"
Well, to my disbelief, during the end of 2014, a friend of mine shared with me that he spoke to his friend and said that I'd make a good fit for this event happening during the beginning of 2015 at the Hilton's Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu, called "Wanderlust." One email lead to the next and in a matter of a week, I was in direct contact with the coordinator of the festival who booked me immediately. OMG!!!?
I felt shocked, excited, happy, nervous, and totally blissed out! It was all happening! My dream was coming true. And I would be able to share this life changing practice with hundreds, most people know as "dreamboarding" or "vision boarding." This not only meant I'd be living my dream, but it would hopefully inspire others to pursue their dreams and live them as well.
Now, fast forward to this past Thursday. I was back stage at the festival, waiting to step out and begin my talk, when Erik, my boyfriend, gently grabs me close to him to dance to the song I chose to play for the audience to get us all into the mood of dreaming. I melted in his arms as he calmed me from my nervous tendencies when it comes to public speaking.
As I stepped out on stage. Angela was there, sitting at a table in the front row smiling with more of my dear friends. Not only had she flown in from LA to support me, but she was also living her dream, as she was able to finally participate in attending the festivities of the Wanderlust Festival. I felt so much love and couldn't help but smile and express to everyone how cool this moment was for me and how excited I was to share with them about a tool and practice that has changed my life, and for the better.
After fifty five minutes of wholeheartedly sharing significant moments through out my life journey and the key to manifesting, I ended with five minutes of a guided and then musical visualization. I asked everyone to think about a dream that they've been putting on hold or haven't committed to yet and then to imagine themselves actually living that dream.
The song I chose to co-create with the audiences imagination is called "Rise Up" by Andra Day. If you ever have a chance to download it and add it to your play list, this song is very moving and I hope it melts your heart as much as it does for me.
Day sings about the struggle we often feel life is like, the effect we can have on each other when a person is down and the power of rising up. The line, "all we need is hope
And for that we have each other," is everything Aloha Dreamboard and I personally stand for.
I believe by discovering and pursuing our own dreams, we give others hope to eventually pursue and live their own dreams. And in return, we have that many more happy individuals sharing a message that is inspiring and powerful.
This is exactly what happened for me when I observed Noelani, Juri, and Nick (the vision board guy) excited, believing, having the courage to pursue their dreams and then in return manifested their dreams into reality. While Angela inspired me through her enthusiasm and supportive encouragement on believing that it could one day happen for me. And as they graciously shared their stories of success with me, it ignited a passion I was fearing to spark up (due to possible rejection). And in return, the fear was put out and my dream had won!
My hope is that you too, have the courage to pursue and share your dreams so that one day it will inspire others, observing along the way, to rise up and have the courage to set and pursue their own.
With Gratitude and Love,