I’m always grateful when I receive emails that initiate inspired thought. Last week I received an email from a podcast listener that asked how I deal with feelings of anger, frustration, and sadness stirred up by those still living in delusion. She went on to mention that she feels like she was born with the “burden of too much compassion for all beings and it’s too much to handle sometimes”.
I read this email and I felt immediate empathy. Because I’ve been there. I get it. Sometimes the pain of the world can be overwhelming when we choose to live from a higher state of consciousness that is free from the prison of cultural delusion. Outside this illusory prison is truth. But if we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the paradigm of separation and delusion without remaining steadfast in our truth, the pain is sometimes unbearable.
So how do we deal with the emotions that rise with such ferocity that they sometimes bring us to our knees?
The short answer is to remain firmly planted in our light – even when the shadow rises to take us out.
Today’s Unplug podcast interview discusses this topic in extensive detail. In other words, we go deep.
I’ve been a long-time admirer of Seane Corn’s work. Over the years, her words have guided me towards great personal transformation. When I had the opportunity to meet her in Vancouver last December, I jumped at it. I signed up for a three day intensive yoga workshop led entirely by Seane – knowing that the asana practice was going to kick my butt. You see, even though I’m a dedicated athlete who lives a yogic lifestyle, yoga always kicks my butt. I confess that I don’t have a regular asana practice (I know, my bad), so it always becomes apparent how negligent I am in the flexibility department when I finally get my heinie to a yoga class. No matter. I wasn’t really there for the yoga anyways. I was there for Seane. I was willing to pay the price in my body for the plethora of wisdom that I would obtain from meeting her in person. To add to the complexity, I sprained my ankle three days before the workshop – a good solid sprain I might add. So how to make this work? Since I had no intention of cancelling, the only thing I could do was reframe the experience. Instead of being bummed out, I shifted my perception in a way that helped me realize that a gimpy swollen ankle may just be the Universe’s way of helping me be noticed amongst a sea of adoring yogis. It worked and today’s interview is the result of perseverance, a sprained ankle, and a body that incurred two days of post-yoga DOMS.
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and mystical aspects of the practice of yoga. Her passion is fierce and her compassion is palpable. She has no fear of showing her vulnerability – her shadow and her light. And with this, her light shines even brighter.
This week we delve deep into human nature – into the soul. We discuss:
• Ignoring the story to see the soul in order to remember to always love.
• How our job in life is to be big and bold in our love.
• Activating change from the inside out.
• How we perpetuate separation in our culture with our habits and beliefs.
• How spiritual activism puts love first.
• The importance of doing shadow work to become whole.
• How emotions are energy and energy is simply movement with information.
• How this energy can be transformed when expressed.
• Moving from reactive to responsive (from fear to love).
• How separation is the disease of our global culture.
• How being fearless with your commitment to your Self creates room for magic to follow.
Seane is currently the co-chair of Marianne Williamson’s political campaign. She’s been interviewed by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey and she’s been in the company of influential changemakers such as Sting and Julia Butterfly Hill. Seane has a powerful platform that she uses to bring more love and connection into the world. She’s the co-founder of “Off the Mat and Into the World” which uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. Seane is tireless in her efforts to serve. She exemplifies the beauty of yoga in it’s purest form.
I am so honored to bring this important conversation with Seane Corn to you today.
Open your heart and mind and be prepared to be inspired!
Transformation through yoga – interview with Deepak Chopra (part 1)
Transformation through yoga – interview with Deepak Chopra (part 2)
THIS WEEK’S INSPIRED QUESTION:
How can you be bigger and bolder in your personal authentic expression of love so that you move through the world guided by this powerful force?
• The Yoga of Awakening: Body-Mind Flow on Sounds True (options for digital download as well as dvd).
• Off the Mat and Into the World website and Off the Mat leadership training.
• Seane Corn’s website.
• Seane Corn on Facebook.
• Seane Corn on Twitter.
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