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Be the love.

Some days you will feel tired. Some days you will want to stay in bed. And try as much as you can, you won't budge. Some days you will think what you're doing doesn't matter-- that you don't matter, that all your efforts are going unseen -- or worse being seen and criticized. Some days you will want to give up, Stop trying, Do something easier, Tune out---

Don't. Tune IN. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Feel your heart beat. Feel the life and energy swirling within you. You are here. You are needed. You matter. What you are doing matters.   Take a deep breath and fill your spirit with your inner strength--- your inner strength to love when love isn't being returned, to see with eyes of compassion when compassion isn't being given to you, and to continue with your work when it goes unseen or unappreciated.  This is the work and this is the practice. The more you tune in... The more you realize what is at the core of who you are and what is REALLY going on here-- the more you are able to endure, to be present fully, and to shine in very dark places. Because what's really going on here is just a call for love. You need love. They need love. The world needs love. The bottom line is always love.

Be the love. Be the light-- in every situation, in every moment.

5 Steps to Make your Dreams Come Alive

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5 Steps to Make your Dreams Come Alive:

1. Allow yourself to dream.

2. Get a clear picture of what you want to bring into your life.

3. Believe with your whole heart it is possible.

4. Write it down 3x a day!

5. Take inspired action daily.  {I'm super serious on this one!}

Feelin like Cinderella

There is only a little bit more time before the clock strikes midnight and we're diving head first into a bright new year! So much magic, promise and hope lingers in the air! (Hence...why I'm feelin like 'ella.) ;)I love fresh starts and I know that 2015 will bring a number of surprises and joys into your life.  You can (and will!) create a life you love this year.   The only caveat is that you must take some time now to prep for it.

Before you raise your glass of champagne, take some quiet time with your favorite cup of tea, a journal, and the fuzziest blanket you can find.

Relax. Take a deep breath.  Begin to write. 

How was 2014? What worked? What didn't work? What heartbreaks are you still holding onto? What pains, what mistakes, what guilt are you clinging to? Who are you not forgiving? What failures are haunting you?

Acknowledge each and every one.  Get it out in the open. Get it all out.

Then let it go.  Forgive them. Forgive yourself. Declare it to the universe--boldly and clearly:

I release ______________. I let go of _____________.

Write those two phrases as often as you need to until it's all out--- until nothing lingers under the surface.

Then choose one word that describes how you want 2015 to feel. Choose one powerful, positive, juicy, delicious, feel-good word.

There is so much power in your words. Declare this intention for 2015:

In 2015, I feel _________________.

Write this wish, this intention, this declaration every and anywhere you might see it day to day.  Write it in your journal. Write it beautifully. Display it on your nightstand, your fridge, in your car, on your bathroom mirror.

Let your goals in 2015 be motivated by this declaration.  Move towards people, experiences, and activities that bring this declaration to the surface.

ENJOY this beautiful year ahead. Enjoy this sweet fresh start. 

Wishing you everything wonderful, good, and lovely in 2015!

xoxo

Jenna

Gratitude Meditation

let go and live in gratitude This is the season of letting go.  A season of releasing, surrendering, and shedding. The leaves have let go.  The harvest has let go. All of the earth is letting go, surrendering, shedding weight.  Releasing the fruits of the seasons...good or imperfect.

Before we all get swept off our feet and into full force holiday mode, just take a day, a morning, a few moments to mirror what is happening in nature.  Go to a yoga class. Take a nice long walk in nature.  Enjoy a hot bath.  Cozy up with your journal and a cup of tea. Just reflect.

What do you need to release in order to be fully present over the holidays? What do you need to let go of in order to find peace, joy, and gratitude? What do you need to surrender in order to feel a lightness in your heart?

Let go of those things that no longer serve you.  Let go of those thoughts that only cause you pain.  Let go of resentment. Let go of control.

Release and feel only gratitude.

Find a quiet spot and a comfortable seat.  Gently close your eyes.  Feel the inhale at the tip of your nose.  The warmth of your exhale. Breathe deeply.  Complete the sentence "I am grateful for___________ ." ten times (or more!). Let a sense of gratitude warm up your insides like a cozy cup of tea.

Feel, and move, and breathe from this warm place of gratitude this holiday season.

Much, much shanti--

Much, much peace,

Jenna

 

Yoga for Beginners: Sun Salutation A

Join me at the beautiful Yoga Lila in Montauk! In this video, I teach a basic Sun Salutation A. This sequence is designed to get your blood moving and body heated.  Do a light warm up before jumping right into this.  Please subscribe and look for my next video, Sun Salutation B!

How do you feel post-sun salutation? Leave me a comment below!

Namaste! :)

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Crafting your personal mission in this world

My philosophy and straight up passion is this idea of "Soul Shine".  That we have a VERY specific set of talents and when they all come together, we can rock this world and change it for good.  Yogis would call this your unique Dharma or path.  When you are living from the center of your dharma, you've got it.  Things come together and you are on fire! You are making waves and people start to sit up straight and pay attention.  Things flow and you are in the zone.  It's a rare thing these days because we are told over and over,  'You can be, do and have ANYTHING!" And while that is truer than ever, you're not meant to be, do and have everything.  You are meant to be wholly, 100% you.  You are meant to channel ALL of your gifts, because hello! That's a MAJOR clue from the universe that this is your path.  If you're good at it, do more of it! Yesterday, I was caught up in the world of Youtube and discovered a women who is living 100 million percent from the center of her dharma. She is on fire.

Have you heard of Robyn O'Brien? This woman is outstanding.  She has taken her talents and background as a former financial and food industry analyst, and is now using it to charge forward and confront what's happening in our food system in this country.  Her passion is undeniable and you can tell that with every ounce of who she is she has found her path and purpose.  Her soul is shining bright and clear! I encourage you to watch her talk with Marianne Williamson entitled Food, Wellness and Politics.  Her talk is about 30 minutes of the 2 hour discussion.  Think of it as a soul study.  Study her ease. Study her passion. Study her pure inner wisdom that knows this is her souls work.  It's truly remarkable.

Wouldn't you love to be so on fire with a passion for change and to live every day utilizing your gifts for the betterment of our world?

No worries--you totally can! Here's a little exercise to get your soul working towards your dharma.

Grab yourself a piece of paper and pen. (I'm serious, don't just do this in your head.)

Answer the following questions:

Who are you? (This isn't a trick question...literally, what is your name?)

What do you love to do?

Who do you do those things for? (Or who could you do those things for?)

What do those people need or want?

How do they change or transform as a result of what you gave them?

Then put it all together.  Here is an example:

My name is Jenna Raynell. I love to inspire and teach yoga to young women who need direction, inspiration, and confidence. As a result of my teaching, these women feel empowered to take action, shine brightly, and live from the center of their soul.

And there you have it! Your dharma, your passion, your project and purpose in this world.  Of course, it is continually evolving and growing just as you are continually growing and evolving.  But with that, I have the mission statement of my life.  I can easily make decisions about careers, activities, and volunteer work by running it through my mission statement filter.  If it's in alignment with my statement, it's a go!

Need help crafting your mission statement? Ready to share it with the world? Leave me a comment below! I'd love to help you out and hear your beautiful soul's mission on this earth!

To living and letting your soul shine!

xoxo

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How to Awaken your Inner Treasure Trove

photo (1) Rubies, Sapphires, Diamonds, Gold.  Valuable beyond compare. Precious. Sparkling.  You have all these sparkling goodies housed right inside yourself---except they take the form of your passions, purpose, talents, and possibilities.  Your treasure trove is just waiting and begging you to awaken it and share it with the world.  So how do you do that? How do you bring forth your passion? How do you awaken your purpose? How do you share your talents and live life in sweet possibility?

Here are 5 quick tips to Awaken your inner treasure house:

1. You must recognize how critical this is. Your treasure trove is sacred. Your passions, talents and individual purpose is needed and needed badly by the world.  Your design is specific.  Your particular blend of talents is so unique that the world depends upon you harnessing them for the betterment of your community.

2. Make a LOVE LIST. Assess your talents. What comes naturally to you? What feels like play? What makes you light up? What would you do all day long if money were no issue? This can be a combination of many things! I love music, and inspiration, and yoga, and community, and social media, and singing, and spirituality!  Multiple different talents that all blend together into my beautiful career.  So make your LOVE LIST. What would you LOVE to do every day? What would you LOVE to spend your time on?

3.  How can I use my LOVE LIST in service of others? How can I uplift and be of service?  Our talents were design for us specifically, but they weren't designed to be kept to ourselves. Share them and share them generously!  Your treasure trove has the power to heal, inspire, guide, and bless so many people.  Give it away! What you give away, you receive back ten fold.  Do not hesitate to be generous.

4. Do it full out. Live every day from the center of your calling every day.  Live from your place of passion, live from the heart of your purpose, share your talents.  Don't shrink back. Don't hide.  Fully embody your passion & calling all the time.  It is your greatest responsibility to live from the center of your treasure trove.

5. Be open to new possibilities that arise from living full out.  Expect miracles to happen naturally. Things will start to happen. You will sparkle. You will glow. You will meet people. You will be offered dream opportunities. Be open.  Say yes to those things that align beautifully and perfectly with your treasure trove. "When you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen." - Thoreau

You are beautiful, sparkling, radiant, and glowing.  Let out all of that beautiful and light into the world!

What is on your love list? Leave me comment below and tell me how you will use that in service of the world!

xoxo

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Just begin:)

There is something beautiful and magical in this spring air! Do you feel it?? To me, everyone seems to be buzzing with new ideas and beautiful dreams and big goals.  I am just SO excited to see what you create this glorious season and hope that the freshness in the air is sending you soaring. I'm in the same boat, so I am going to keep this short, sweet and simple.

Whatever you're feeling: fear, excitement, joy, anticipation, massive flushes of creativity, timidness, uncertainty (probably a mixture of all of it!)

Getting your dreams out of your head and into the world takes one, solid thing:

Just beginning. 

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I'm certain you have 101 questions, and 101 more uncertainties...but the only way to find clarity in your goals, dreams, and creative desires is to simple begin.  Start before you feel ready.

You don't have to have your entire business mapped out before you begin to create it. You don't have to have a complete action plan in place. You don't have to be 100% sure where you're headed (at least not yet:)).

Start small.  Start strong.  Start with courage. And start to let the shiny sparks of your soul glow.

Maybe you just sell one scarf you made...maybe you sell 20!  Maybe you finally sign up for twitter and share things that inspire you.  Maybe you share your goal with 3 people. Just start somewhere.

Chances are...you will be left astonished.  Magic will start to happen.  Things will fall into place.  Clarity will be found.

Trust yourself.

You have such a beautiful idea and something that comes from such a heart felt place. People are craving things of the heart. So let it out and let the world see it.  When you shine bright, you call forth more light and more passion and more shining souls.

I'm so excited for you:) You're doing great.

Got a burning question you just need answered now? Leave it in the comments and I'll get it answered so you can get going!:)

xoxo,

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A Vday Love Note

Single?  Girl, I totally get it!  Today can be a rough day. Let me tell you... I have spent the larger portion of my life single (like...literally every Valentine’s Day except one) and every year the 14th was a struggle.

I’m confident. I don’t doubt myself. I love myself.  And yes I know it’s a made up holiday.  But every year, 2-14 would make me question my worth and if I’d ever be loved and cherished on this arbitrary day.

Sound familiar?

Single or not...I think we all need to hear these words:

vday Beauty, you are loved. You are cherished. You are priceless.  You are desired and needed and the world is waiting for your light to shine.  You light up when you do what you love, and you are bursting with passion.  You are beautiful..powerful...strong. You deserve love and approval and support.  And you will have it.  

Recognize the light inside of you and realize how desperately it is needed.  You are meant for great things.  Meant to leave an impact.  You are a queen, a goddess...royalty.  Do not waste one minute falling into the pit of self pity, self loathing, despair, and doubt.  All that you are is needed for something much greater.  Every ounce of energy is needed to perfect your role as a radiant light to the world.  

Do not let fear creep in.  Do not let doubt get in the way.  Do not hide your love any longer.  Shine your light, glow from the center of your unique and cherished heart.  Radiate love to those trapped in that pit of fear, doubt, and pain.  You, shining in all your glory and exploding with love, remind others what is possible for themselves.  Do not let one day--one arbitrary day--ruin your impact or dim your light.  

Give away what you wish to receive.  Give away love. Give away sweet words.  Give away acts of kindness and thoughtfulness.  Give away peace, security, support, and passion. I promise you’ll get it all back (and more)!

You are a beacon.  You glow. You shine.  You draw people in.  You show them that their hearts and minds and souls can be beautiful too--that they can be bursting with love, light and gold.  

Celebrate love today.  Love is all there is and love is all that matters.  Love drives out all the nasty stuff, and reminds us why we’re here.  Look around... Prince charming might not be knocking down your door with roses today, but you are so very, very loved:)

 

All my love,

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PS- I looove this cutie youtube vid;)

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