30 Aug 2016

5 Ways to Rediscover the Connection of Music to Your Soul (and Your Tribe)

By Beth Martens, Singer and Business Coach for Mermaids

You don’t need me to tell you that music, soul and tribe are connected. What I’m going to show you though, is how to listen and feel it with a Zen mind, a beginners mind. Like you’re hearing for the first time.

Are you ready to open to a whole new experience?

Here are 5 ways to rediscover that connection - soul > music > tribe - so you can immerse within yourself, find the treasures that are still covered up and allow the magic that’s there to flourish.

1. Just feel.


Sounds simple, but we’ve been trained to think and not feel — at all costs! We think we are feeling music when we’re really trapped in our head, filtering it all through that noise. We think we are feeling our tribe, but we’re again hung up in our thinking about, rather than feeling into those connected with us.

If you can first feel and let go of the messy stuff, then music will penetrate every cell of your soul and body, because you don’t have layers of garbage hiding your inspiration. Especially in a so-called spiritual professions or lifestyles, you’re not supposed to have negative feelings any more. To the extent that you allow yourself to have all of your feelings, that is how available you are to be moved by music and those you share it with too.

2. Do what doesn’t come naturally.


Do what you don’t normally do while you hear music and create a pattern interrupt.

If you usually are still, let yourself dance and move.

If you compulsively have to move to music, let yourself be still and absorb it.

If you like to have a drink or other mind-altering substance while you take music in, wait until it’s done and let the music take you ‘naked.’ Or the other way around.

If you prefer to listen in private, let yourself be surrounded by community and loved ones instead. Do you only allow yourself live music when you can share it with friends? Be brave and let yourself be alone in a crowd.

Doing what doesn’t come naturally will get you out of your comfort zone, and that is where all the magic happens!

3. Nothing is inherently good or bad, especially when it comes to music. Let yourself decide if it harmonizes with important parts of yourself (or not!).


Don’t let others tell you what ‘good’ is. Let it be a private conversation between you and your soul.

Do let others know about your experience, if you were moved by it, confused by it or whatever, don’t hold back expressing and owning that.

You don’t have to justify your response to anyone, or adopt anyone’s experience just because you think they know more than you do about music.

4. See the interconnectedness of all things and beings. The worst place for me was always the audience, because I felt separate from the music.

If this happens for you, the way to bridge that gap is to feel the music inside yourself. It’s not over there, it’s really “IN HERE.’ Close your eyes and feel again, are all the people around you at they somewhere else or do you feel them inside yourself.

Let the barriers between you and the music, or you and your tribe, be the illusion they are.

5. Listen from the Source


We only hear the tip of the iceberg if we are listening with our ears and senses.

Much deeper than the senses are the feelings — the stirrings, undulations and movement of the soul.

And much deeper than that is where all of the music, the hearing, the stirrings all come from.

You can go right to that place when you’re being with music by asking yourself, “Who is aware of the music?” and feel that awareness. Let yourself attend the awareness first, and then watch how everything in your awareness will explode into a symphonic sensory experience.

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So in case music is something you take for granted, like the amazing tribe you have magically created, use these five ways to rediscover your connection to them.

By learning to feel (rather than think about) music, doing something different with music than you used to, by trusting your own instincts about it, seeing the interconnectedness of all music and beings and learning to listen at the source where music and tribe originate, you will feel like you are hearing it for the first time.

If you’d like to experience music that will stir your soul and connect you with a vibrant tribe, join Beth and her band, Love Note, at the Prairie Love Festival for a SUNSET + CHILL reggae-mantra Saturday evening at 7:00 PM where you can kick back with a glass of vino and practice hearing it all for the first time.

To connect with Beth, more of her music and her ‘Coaching for Mermaids,’ practice please visit www.bethmartens.com.

25 Aug 2016

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A LOVE WARRIOR

Love Warrior, Prairie Love Festival, Rachelle Taylor yoga, Canada Yoga Festival, Radiant Heart, Love Warrior Flow
Words :: Rachelle Taylor | photos :: Pantel Photography
A woman I admire called me a love warrior for the first time a few years ago. The words resonated in my heart and stuck with me. They embodied a powerful, feminine energy that I could relate to when in meditation, setting my intentions, and in designing & sequencing workshops.

As the term became mainstream in the world of yoga, appearing on tank tops, Instagram posts, and yoga DVDs, I began to ponder... What does it even mean? A quick Google search will affirm that the the term has inspired books, communities, and business names, but what exactly it means to be a love warrior remains unclear.

After much time spent inquiring into the depths of my spirit, this is what I believe it means to be a love warrior.


Love Warrior, Prairie Love Festival, Rachelle Taylor yoga, Canada Yoga Festival, Radiant Heart, Love Warrior Flow She believes in love in the midst of the dark

We all know what a broken heart feels like. Heavy. Dark. Hopeless. In the depths of a broken heart, the light seems impossibly out of reach. But a love warrior believes it's there. She picks herself up. Realizes a heart like hers can bend, but can't break. She hopes. She knows. She heals. She believes.

She understands that power comes from both strength & surrender

When we envision a warrior, we often think of physical strength and power. But a love warrior strength extends beyond her body, and into her heart and spirit. She finds her strength in surrender, in vulnerability, and in opening deeply.

She trusts that everything is happening as it should

Life is hard. There are moments and circumstances that we just wish we didn't have to live through. "I don't want to / I can't endure this," is what most people feel during these times. A love warrior trusts, that the good, the bad, and the ugly is all happening just
as it should. She trusts that everything in her life is presented to her for her own evolution, and with this knowledge takes everything in stride.


Find your own inner love warrior with Rachelle at one of her inspired retreats.

24 Aug 2016

DIARY OF AN INTROVERT

#PrairieLoveFestival, Prairie Love Yoga Festival, Yoga Festival Canada, Diary of an Introvert, Introvert Flow, Winnipeg Yoga
Words :: Amanda Coe
I’m an introvert.  A process-things-alone, take-solo-vacations-and-forget-to-speak-to-anyone-for-seven-days, a quiet and overly-sensitive introvert.

I feel overstimulated by a lot of sound, or a lot of fun, or a lot of change, though I like these things a lot.  The very best place for me to process the business of being human is in a quiet space void of new input.  When the shit hits the fan, silence and solitude are my medicines.

And yet.  I adore people.  We are such weird and intricate fellows, and I wonder, fascinated about every corner of everyone i know and the ones I don’t know, too.  There is nothing so powerful as making a deep connection with another person.  I teach yoga classes to probably hundreds of my favourite humans every week.  I (sometimes unwittingly) bring my tenderness, my joys, my heartbreaks and my sensitivities to a roomful of beings daily and i set it all down quietly into the asana and the breath and into the pile of collective buzzing before and after class:  book recommendations, hugs, tears, laughter, chatter, catching up, sorrow, joys;  all shared.  We are all students of life, in this together.  I’ve always wondered how my classes have become such a vibrant, boisterous place when i am such a nerdy loner.

The answer is yoga, of course.  It yokes us together, like it or not, by a tiny, daily miracle.

I will save the details of the story for another time, but one day i did a very risky thing:  I went to a yoga class and did what everyone who comes to a yoga class does; bravely chooses to explore being herself on a mat amidst a group of complex, beautiful, tender humans doing the same, in a quiet way; independently connected.  We share a space, hold it together, but everyone is having their own private experience.  Together, alone.  It is vulnerable, but it is secure and calm, too.  It is quite a little something, a group yoga practice. It is one of the greatest joys in my life.

#PrairieLoveFestival, Prairie Love Yoga Festival, Yoga Festival Canada, Diary of an Introvert, Introvert Flow, Winnipeg Yoga
For the second time, I am enjoying the lucky break of being part of a yoga festival, a pulsating, built-on-community festival called Prairie Love.  I can’t tell you how out of my comfort zone this is, in some ways, how much of a tentative joiner i am because festivals are big and wild, how excited i am for it, still, and how beautifully yogic it is, too.  How much stimulating, exciting, overwhelming fun! joy! transformation! there will be.  But also what a great chance it will be to have a yoga practice together.  A quiet place to call temporary home with other people seeking a quiet, temporary home, in the midst of the noisy beautiful chaos of life.  My class is an introvert flow.  Maybe people will join me there, when they need a little place to be quiet, reflective, to stew in and integrate the beauty they encounter, a place to touch the earth through which we are all cooly, calmly connected, withdraw the senses, go at our own pace, come home to our good, sweet selves.  And in the end, we’ll maybe look up, with our feet firmly planted, and meet someone’s eyes and know each other in a way that we couldn’t possibly know with words, and it will be perfect.

23 Aug 2016

SAVE $10 ON CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S TORUK


TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR is coming to MTS Centre in Winnipeg.  Take advantage of this special offer and save $10 on tickets.  This offer is available for select show dates and times while supplies last, cannot be combined with other offers, and cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets.  Don’t miss this live multimedia experience that brings the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life through story and light.  Hurry and get your tickets today!






15 Aug 2016

Mindset of a Modern Day Warrior

Liane Cherrett, Modern Day Warrior, PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL, Rumi, Spiritual Warrior, The Practice of Yoga, Yoga Girl, Pantel Photography Yoga Festival Canada,
words : Liane Charrett // images : Moique Pantel
The modern day warrior or spiritual warrior is one that challenges fears, lies, false belief and judgements that create suffering or unhappiness in his or her life. 
~The Four Agreements

I grew up in a loving, happy and peaceful home. At a young age, I started perfecting rhythmic gymnastics and I loved the form as a way to stay connected to my body, and to find expression in creative movement. But somewhere between practice, repetition and wearing a bodysuit, I got caught up in being perfect and performing. By the time I had hit my teens, I was a ball of anxiety and my thoughts ruled my every move or lack thereof. I was in fact a prisoner in my own body and I lived (existed) like that for years.

I eventually got to a point where I was DONE merely existing and that was the turning point in my journey where I started dabbling with yoga. My first thought of myself within the experience was: "I'm terrible at this AND I certainly don't like not knowing what I'm doing!" And my thought of the experience itself was: "that made me feel good in the end!" And after all isn't the whole point about FEELING good and supporting LIFE! And so began my love affair with this thing we call yoga and more importantly myself.

I realized, many years later, that many of my thoughts were robbing me of life. Even in the first ten years of practice I didn't get that! I was falling into some of the same habitual patterns of perfecting or performing the pose. I was doing yoga versus being yoga. At the heart of being a spiritual warrior is this understanding that we are not in control of anything outside of us. All we can control, are our thoughts, and our action/reaction in any given moment. And yet with having said that, we also have the power to transform and realign our thoughts to support ourselves and affirm the life we wish to live and create.

Thinking and speaking possibility into our life takes awareness and practice but it's worth it. It is one of the greatest contributions we can make to society: to be authentic, wholehearted and alive doing what we love, BEing who we are!

Awareness of your thoughts is the first step. Ask yourself if your thoughts and beliefs hold you back or do they enliven you? It's like the Rumi quote that I love so: awaken to yourself and don't fall back asleep! Have the courage of a warrior in discovering who YOU are and what your purpose is! Then, the physical practice of yoga can serve to build our resilience and willingness to learn a little everyday as a lifelong practice.

Liane Cherrett, Modern Day Warrior, PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL, Rumi, Spiritual Warrior, The Practice of Yoga, Yoga Girl, Pantel Photography Yoga Festival Canada,
Liane Cherrett is a modern day warrior, mama, and yogi from Winnipeg, Canada. Sign up for one (or both!!) of Liane's inspired offerings at Prairie Love Festival and attend her Yoga & Spa workshops at Thermëa Winnipeg on August 28th/

8 Aug 2016

5 WAYS TO LOVE LIFE

5 WAYS TO LOVE LIFE, Niki Trosky, Happiness Habits, Love Life Productions, PRAIRIE LOVE FESTIVAL,
Words by: Niki Trosky, author of Love Life and the creator of Love Life Productions // Image by Pantel Photography
Loving your life, as it is in this moment, isn't as hard as we make out it to be. Here are five accessible ways to integrate a positive "Love Life" attitude into each and every day.

1. Quit Bitching

The only person you are hurting by trash talking is yourself.  If you find yourself in a miserable situation, complaining is only going to bring you more of what you don’t want.  Sure sometimes it is hard to bite your tongue, but our words are so powerful.  They can be magic potions or pure poison.  Choose them wisely.  The next time you find yourself wanting to insult someone or something, shoot them praise or a compliment. It will instantly change the structure of your thought patterns.  You might even find yourself smiling.

2. Feel this moment


Try saying this out loud, “I allow myself to feel this moment.”  Say this several times throughout your day.  Pay attention to how thoughts fade out, tensions unwind and sounds of your environment become clear. Anxiety comes from fretting over the past or worrying about the future.  When we allow ourself to be present we gain the gift of clarity and peace.

3.  Stop making decisions based on money.  


I mean it!  Just stop it!  You have an unlimited supply of abundance that is your birth right.  We all have access to the Kingdom or Queendom within.  I know this is a tough one, but you get to do whatever you want and the only one stopping you is you.  Too far fetched?  Try starting small….give change to the next person who asks you for it. Say in your mind, “I love releasing money and I love receiving money.”  Giving and receiving are the same frequency.  Give yourself a chance to experience the flow of abundance. When you release with joy you will also receive with joy!

4.  Read Books that feed your soul  


Find a good book and stick it in your back pack or purse. Carry it everywhere with you.  Because words are so powerful, books carry their own frequencies.  They are also effective ways to change the act of waiting into the act of enjoying. If you have a good book handy you can enjoy taking a number to pay your traffic tickets or you can relax when someone tells you they are running late. You can also avoid that gross feeling we all get when we lose another twenty minutes on Instagram.  Nourish yourself with something that makes you feel good.  My personal favs are anything by Osho or John Randolph Price and of course I highly recommend my book Love Life!


5. Allow yourself


Allow is a powerful word.  We grow up being told we are not allowed to do things.  News Flash: You are allowed to change your life.  You are allowed to do what makes you happy. Even if you are a parent, no wait, especially if you are a parent. Teach your kids that they are allowed to put themselves first, that they are allowed to pursue their dreams. Allow yourself to travel alone, to change an undesirable situation, to leave an unhealthy relationship.  Allow yourself to feel safe and free.  Allow yourself to love your life.  You and only you are the only person standing in your way.

Namaste,
Niki

Catch more of Niki and her infectious positivity at Prairie Love Festival, September 10 + 11th at FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg.

5 Aug 2016

What Does Self Care Mean To You?

prairie love festival 2016, Amanda Burkowski, Prairie Yogi, Shift Yoga, Self Care
Words : Amanda Burkowski    |   Image : Monique Pantel

I hope it means you give yourself time to reflect and recharge.
I hope it means you take time dedicated completely to yourself for yourself.
I hope it means you allow yourself a sense of calm and peace.
I hope it means you understand that this may not be an easy practice but a very important one.
I hope it means that you can allow yourself to sit in silence.
I hope it means that you can find a sense of stillness among chaos. 
I hope it means that you know you are right where you should be. 
I hope it means that you are making positive change in the world by practicing and caring for yourself.
I hope it means that you will always meet your practice with a sense of compassion and understanding. 
I hope it means that you know you will always be okay. 


prairie love festival 2016, Amanda Burkowski, Prairie Yogi, Shift Yoga, Self Care
Join me this September as we embark on a journey, face to face with the darkest sides of ourselves. We are not out of the ordinary, we don't strive for perfection. We are not ashamed of the thoughts and feelings we experience day to day. We do take pride in who we are. We do believe in life long evolution. We do offer ourselves patience, kindness and love. We are the wild ones.