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Yokibics

 

A few months ago, I had the serendipitous joy of meeting a woman who embodies bliss. Gael Chiarella Alba RYT – HYT – describes herself as an “author, speaker, spoken word artist, happy camper, founder of Yokibics.” I had taken a class at a new yoga studio in my area and was immediately drawn to her.

Gael describes Yokibics as: “yoking the powers of body mind spirit while directing energy into action.”

 

The name came to her in meditation. “You can be amazed what power lies in the simple act of going within and listening. I saw the name in my mind’s eye as a banner fluttering behind a small plane in the sky. I demonstrated my trust in this offering of the Universe by trademarking it and dedicating my career to it. I knew it held the answer to my hearts calling at a time when I was searching for my way in life, and trying to find my voice – my own unique stamp. It embodied the essence of the gift I could give to the world. Whew! Knowing your gift spells relief!! That was in 1984. Delivering it to the world…well that’s a life journey that continues to this day, and begins anew again and again and again in so many ways.”

She adds: “Yokibics rests on a foundation of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, a proper integration of the Seven Chakra gifts inherent in human energy anatomy, and in the way we learn to express circular movement through the art of Aikido. The Yokibics Way integrates the emotional territory, language patterns, interpersonal relationships and gifts of genius inherent within each of the chakras. The result is an increase in your foundation pyramid PQ (physical intelligence) EQ (emotional intelligence) and IQ (the demonstration of your psychological intelligence.)”

Passion is such a big buzz word and Gael had plenty to offer on that topic.I think THE most important question a person can consider in LIFE is the question of passion! What are YOU passionate about? Why are you here?”

“When I ask that of myself, I know I am most passionate about growing into myself – fulfilling my potential – feeling excited about life and the awesome unfolding of this adventure, struggle and all. I am passionate about purpose, about discovering why we are here, making very sure I am listening to the subtle direction life sends.

I am passionate about ENERGY! My bodymindspirit, and yours, and how it all works. I am passionate about truth and the important willingness to look into the shadow. I am passionate about our children and the legacy we must leave for them, about travel, caring, touch, the word “yes!” and exploring the unknown… knowing always that life is good!”

She has advice to share for people who are looking their own passion.Do stuff that scares you – in a good way! I was scared of heights so I took up rock climbing. I always wondered if I had the stamina to really (really) take it to the limit so I took up mountaineering at the age of 43 summiting fourteener’s for fun. I was truly uncomfortable speaking in front of a group so I took up public speaking. You get it. And if you are going to fail, you might as well do it spectacularly! No one can fail quite like you can. Own it and be proud! Then get back up on the horse.”

www.yokibics.com or contact gael@yokibics.com.

 

Creativity Doctor

 

Imagine going to see a doctor who after meeting with you, writes you a prescription that instructs you to sing, dance, make music, drum, draw, write, sculpt, paint, and especially color outside the lines? Would a smile light up your face? I know it would do that for me.


Such is the gift of Neil Tepper, known as ‘The Creativity Doctor’. Living in lushly gorgeous Hawaii, which to me embodies all of the rich flowing juiciness of creative endeavor, Neil has written a book entitled “Prescriptions For Living A Creative Life: Simple Remedies For Common Maladies In Our 24/7 World”. Divided into seven chapters that address common dis-eases such as ‘time anemia’ and ‘mental cholesterol’, the book offers simple to implement suggestions for full out wellness while sparking your creative fire. One of my favorite pages is a “Certificate Of Empowerment” that beckons the reader to: “Explore The Poetry Of My Soul”.


This is a book that would appeal to the left brain, linear logical thinkers, as well as the right brain, creative crafters among us. It contains a plethora of exercises to be done at the reader’s own pace, multiple times as the need arises. Neil offers what he calls ‘The prescription of all prescriptions”- “Be easy on yourself.”. That absolutely appeals to the recovering Type-A in me. It is the ideal companion on vacation and makes great airport reading. I did just that when I trekked to Florida recently. It inspired this writer who lives and breathes creativity to take a deeper look at what inspires me.

Neil has a wide repertoire of experience including working as creative director for Coca Cola, Universal Television and the 1996 Olympics and he hosts his own radio show, called The Creativity Salon.

Dive into your passion and embrace your purpose. These are powerful meds that have no shelf life, but are indeed habit forming.


www.neiltepper.com

Made of Love

 

Build a life made of love. When we are born, we are sent to this Earth plane with a bag of tools for the purpose of constructing a life. We might think of them as standard issue. The good news is, they can be used as often as needed and they will always be available. They come labeled with name tags that might read

 

ENTHUSIASM

 

CREATIVITY

 

INTELLIGENCE

 

STRENGTH

 

FLEXIBILITY

 

WISDOM

 

INSIGHT

 

LOVE

 

JOY

 

TALENT

 

RESPONSIBILITY

 

SUCCESS

 

PLAYFULNESS

 

COMPASSION 

 

FUN

 

How, when and where you use them is solely/soul-ly up to you.


Have you looked into your tool bag lately?

 

 

One of my favorite inspirational authors and speakers is Joan Borysenko who shared: :”The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.”  How do you choose to live?

Barnet Bain

 

The photo that welcomes the viewer on Barnet Bain’s webpage seems to personify the energy that fairly oozes from a man whose film credits include What Dreams May Come, (starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciora), The Celestine Prophecy, Jesus, as well as The Linda McCartney Story. It portrays someone comfortable in his own skin, encouraging others to join him on a joyful journey. He invites people to “change your story, change your life.”, through his work as a film maker but also as a coach and writer.


Barnet lives his bliss, “First and foremost by stretching my imagination. That is so important to me. I heard a pundit once on television. She could not imagine a world without hunger. She could not even imagine it. I feed my bliss with possibility.” His imagination is clearly well nourished as his movies offer spiritual food for thought.

Barnet’s work bridges the main stream and the metaphysical. When I inquired as to how he blends the worlds, his simple answer was this: “At this point in my life I don’t distinguish any difference at all and I am very happy I can claim that. It is a priority of my personal work, and everything I do with others, to dissolve any misconceptions that the two are separate. ‘Merrily, merrily, merrily…’ remember? ‘Life is but a dream!'”

Hollywood is not considered a bastion of spiritual wealth. In order for him to maintain his sense of groundedness in the midst of temptation to be more ego based, he takes into consideration the wisdom of Anais Nin who said, “We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.” I relate to Hollywood as a big, brassy reflective mirror, and no different than other mirror I might be gazing into — the face staring back is always mine. So whenever something triggers me, or I have judgments about this or that, I am always tempted to jump on the bandwagon ‘Oh, this town is so unspiritual, or that one is such a control freak, etc., etc.’ That is when I remember my mirror mantra, “And so am I.”

I find it equally important to own the positive reflections, too, ‘Wow, so and so is unbelievably talented. Yup. And so am I.'”

The Muse communicate ideas to him in various ways. “It is a relationship for sure. The Muse does not respond to pressure. But she must be called. Gratitude can be a powerful invitation. Appreciation (of anything) primes my pump. And nature, as well. I am blessed to live by the ocean in a very rural area. Nature is not trying to make stuff happen, or figure anything out. I constantly have to remind myself that I am not separate from nature. That’s a big one for me. My creativity begins to flow when it is not concerned with all those strangling resistances and blockages connected to my old perspectives on things. So I begin by making room for Her. That is my part. Then She sort of slips into the space.

As a behind the camera producer, Barnet also knows it is his job to produce his own life . “According to my dictionary, a producer is ‘a person responsible for giving being, form or shape to.’ That makes us all producers. Responsibility is the keyword. It is not about control. I don’t pretend that difficulties don’t come up in life because challenges arise all the time. But responsibility fosters confidence. What matters most to me is that I have sufficient tools and wisdom to respond. I am response-able for my life.


His coaching/teaching offerings are available to those who want to take that next leap onto the big screen of their own lives. ” I have made a life’s work of finding deeper meaning and joy for myself, and in the process I have learned some very powerful things about how to assist others who wish to create the same magic in their own lives. I work with individuals who are committed to high-performance, and who are ready to engage in the Great Work of conscious creativity.”

For more information, go to: www.barnetbain.com

 

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