Do your Best, Be the Best & Leave the Rest

Nine months ago I’ve moved back to my home village in Limerick after living in Dublin for 13years.  I’m establishing a new pace of living, bringing my wellness business to the Mid-West of Ireland, it’s the next part of my journey.  Do your best, Be the best and Leave the rest’ was a message I received at a lecture as part of my advanced yoga teacher training in Cadiz, Spain last April.  I wrote it down at the time, and somewhere in my subconscious it’s obviously been playing away in the background, waiting to arise to my consciousness.

I love a challenge, say it can’t be done and I’ll find a way, an opportunity, go round it, under it whatever it takes, dedicated to proving it to myself ultimately.

Eileen demonstrating a hip-opening posture to a class
‘Rock the Baby’

I’ve spent the last 10 years learning to sit in meditation, hard core focus getting the hips to release, I started off with my knees up around my ears, I had no comfort in yoga class when sitting cross legged. Don’t know if I ignored the blocks or didn’t want to be seeing using them for support!  Patiently waiting for my knees to come to the floor, ‘Rock the Baby’ became a hit.  I sat on the floor of the living room when watching tv or reading, every opportunity was taken to sit cross legged.  I wanted to experience the bliss, the moments of calm – all the images of the yogi’s and Buddha sitting on the top of a mountain looking peaceful.  I suffer from anxiety and it was particularly high during this time, the critical thoughts constantly niggling away at my self esteem. I needed and wanted to get this, don’t know specifically when they landed on the floor but I now sit comfortably in meditation.  I actually prefer sitting on the floor helps to keep me grounded.

Sitting comfortably

This caught my attention and reminded me of ‘Do Your Best, Be the Best, Leave the Rest’ mantra.

‘You are not here to sacrifice your joy or your life.  You are here to live, to be happy, and to love.  If you can do your best in two hours of meditation, but you spend eight hours instead, you will only grow tired, miss the point, and you won’t enjoy your life.  Do your best, and perhaps you will learn that no matter how long you meditate, you can life, love and be happy.’

The Four Agreements‘ a book of wisdom from the Toltec tradition. 

I’ve relaxed somewhat in the last number of months, my practice in the morning is a time of reflection, visualising the day ahead with my clients and students.  Saying my prayers (mantra) to keep me focused, journalling when I need to and sitting with a sense of ease in meditation.  Of course I’ve been asking myself am I doing enough, should I be getting up earlier, is this enough?! Is it ever enough..

‘Do Your Best’ once we do our best with the fullest of intention and come from a place of complete awareness each and everyday, we save ourselves the internal dialogue of ‘what if?’

‘Be the Best‘ some days this is superhero stuff and we rock the place, other days it’s a I’m not getting dressed or even brushing my hair day! Be kind to yourself, watch the critical thoughts… Say thank you, but not today!

‘Leave the Rest‘ once we show up each day doing our best, putting the best effort in, coming from a place of integrity, showing kindness to ourselves and others.  Being the best version of ourselves, which we are already.  ‘Leave the Rest’ is about not getting attached to results, to what happens after all the energy, time, money, love has been given.  Like the farmer with his crops, each year he sows the seed not knowing what the harvest will bring.

To bring these teachings and wisdom into our lives takes practice and dedication, know this once you dedicate a practice to look after your health, spiritually, physically and emotionally the world around you benefits.

So ‘Do your Best, Be the Best and Leave the Rest’ much love to you all, take care x

Eileen Sheehan Wellness

 

 

Vive La France

Long live France!

I love France, I remember a school tour to Paris gazing up at the Eiffel Tower in total awe and wonderment.  Years of appreciation for their cuisine, wine and art.  I learnt to snowboard while living in the French Alps, my grasp of the French language hasn’t improved all that much, I can get from A to B, read a menu and ask C’est Combien (How much?) most important as the market culture is amazing!

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3HO Europe – Healthy Happy Holy

Why am I talking about France, I headed off two weeks ago to my first overseas yoga festival it was the biggest immersion of yoga since my training in Nepal. I got up each morning at 4am for seva, my seva for the festival was vegetable chopping with a team of people from all over Europe. We chopped for 3,000 people. My hands didn’t know what hit them!

What is seva? Seva is selfless service to others, the community, and the globe.  The Sanskrit word comes from the meaning to serve or to honour.  What we term in our culture as ‘Giving Back’ similar to the work I have done serving as a board trustee of VSO Ireland.  You may serve your community, school, local sport team by volunteering.  This is one of the highest forms of yoga.  Giving back has such powerful emotion behind it, you are honouring your true self.  Find a community or charity that resonates with you, provide support with the gifts and talents that you have to give. Time is one of the biggest gifts you have to give.

Suzanne my roomie from Sweden was on the same seva so that helped, if we didn’t have seva we went to Sadhana, the moon used to shine brightly our path to the Sadhana field where hundreds of people gathered to practice yoga, chanting and meditation.  A complete practice first thing in the morning led by wonderful teachers, live musicians on stage chanting as the sun rose in the sky!

Sadhana is a disciplined practice that you commit to yourself each morning, it’s a time of great connection to you.  No ego, no mind getting in the way, well of course it tries but with constant commitment and discipline you will find moments of inner peace and calm that make you feel so GOOD! True connection to the nature within you.  It’s truly beautiful.

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Sadhana

We know that the early riser catches the worm! Whether your practice is religious, spiritual, physical movement, reading sacred script.  What works for you, what makes your heart sing, takes you out of your head, within 21days you will have a habit, within 40days you’ll see numerous benefits. Do it!

Want to feel calm, trust the decisions you make are from the heart, be in your centre, and stay strong and grounded. This is for you.

With lots of love, if you want support for the process of cultivating sadhana in your life, follow my blog or Facebook.

Sacred Rituals

I’ve always been a fan of rituals, each summer my mother would bring us to the Novena in the Redemptorist Church, Limerick.  They have a great tradition of getting the congregation to sing and be part of the celebration of mass.  Christmas was spent at my grandparents, on Christmas night and St Stephens Day the ‘Wren Boys’ came round to sing, dance and play traditional Irish music.  Another one, my Dad is an ardent supporter of hurling and camogie, and it’s in every pore of my being.  Our Sunday’s were spent on the road wearing our local club or county colours!  Fun times.. These rituals with family and friends created memories, influenced my beliefs and built strong understanding of community.

Preparing for my first day as Reiki Teacher took months of daily rituals, daily routine, daily ceremonies.  Rituals are like weddings, rites of passage, presenting a cup to the winning captain after a game, your cup of tea or coffee in the morning before the day starts.  These rituals give us time to celebrate the successful moments, creating memories and feelings in our being that we recall and share afterwards.

Building a daily routine takes practice and preparation, it’s like having your shorts and trainers at the front door ready for the next run.  Also been kind when you miss a practice, recognise why and get back to it the day after.  Sometimes you need to have a sleep in or in my case my puppy needed an extra walk to shake off her high energy!  The rituals allow us to release those thoughts and feelings that no longer support our way of living, calling in new ways of being at ease with life.

Honouring the Reiki traditions of my masters kept me focused and clear on what I wanted to achieve each day.  Connecting daily to the universe life force, letting the energy flow through me and allow my clients to receive the healing best for them.  Reiki is an incredible discipline that can cleanse your body and further your spiritual understanding of yourself and the world around you.

What daily rituals support you to keep you focused and connected to those around?  Do you sit in meditation in the morning? Maybe a walk in the park or a swim in the sea. We all have a ritual that sustains our mind and body.  Giving yourself a boost of energy with a Reiki treatment is like the clouds parting on a stormy day.

Summer Time

It must be love, love, love

Nothing more,

Nothing less,

Love is the best!

A snippet of the words from the Madness hit back in the 90’s came to me after our meditative walk through the forest as we had watched the sun rise on the Solstice.

It was magical as we all chanted ‘Om So Hum’ while practising yoga, the forest listened as we all connected.  ‘So Hum’ is derived from Sanskrit and literally means ‘I am That’ meaning we identify ourselves with the universe, as we chant or meditate on this, we realise that we are all one, we all come from one infinite source that’s present in all of us.

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Om So Hum

Summer is my high energy time; sunshine brings me the yellow of joy to celebrate and use up every ounce of daylight!  Last week was full of sounds with a gong bath, walking mindfully and teaching yoga in nature.  Guiding a meditation class of loving kindness, hiking in the Wicklow Mountains and more..why?

It’s my season I know I come alive when the sun shines, I love the long summer days, the smell of cut grass, and the brightness in the mornings.  The beautiful sunsets illuminating the skyline, lying about in the sun soaking up the warm breeze, catching up with friends and family eating outdoors.

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Wicklow Mountains

How do you feel during the summer? Do you take time to soak up and fill your heart with gratitude as you enjoy the summer holidays? Maybe autumn is your season when the leaves are changing colours and falling.  Whatever your season notice how you mind and body feels and do what’s good for you.

Share the love

Sharing our passion and being brave to step forward is a challenge for all of us at some level. The internal conversation of whether we’re good enough, what will they think of me, comparing ourselves to other.

Saturday last our retreat day of Reiki and Yoga took place in a gorgeous sun filled room, we worked with feeling our own energy knowing what it feels like after chanting, movement and if someone else is in our energy field. Such curiosity, playfulness and willingness to experience.  I was so inspired by the ladies and the words they used to express how the day felt for them Powerful, Fulfilling, Grounded, Open, Peaceful and Free’. I went for a swim that evening in the Irish Sea to celebrate the sunny day on all levels. So full of gratitude as you can see from the headline pic 🙂

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We have the choice that is what’s beautiful about this life, what one step can you take this week to look after your well-being? Looking after your well-being allows you to have the strength both physically and emotionally to make the next step.  Maybe a walk in nature without the distraction of the phone, your tea/coffee sitting outside listening to the morning sounds, make a phone call to a friend who inspires you.

You know what’s good for you, trust it, take the step.

Stepping into my Power

The feeling of fresh ground

Just broken

Overturned by barefoot reaching

Out

The smell of upturned earth

And dew refreshing

Light

The breeze of freedom blowing in land,

The mountains rising to meet you

Signify they can be climbed

They are only a matter of footsteps

-Stephen Clare, June 2018-