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Michelle Lou Lan 〰  Founder of @MeshYoga


Nature does art best

How many times do we have to paint the sky before the colors rain on us...

When you are depressed, you have a limited ability to take the concerns of others to heart. When you are sad, there is no barrier between you and others; you feel what they feel directly and without having to reason it out. Depression is like sitting in a hot room underneath a pile of heavy, scratchy blankets. Sadness is like standing outside with no clothes on. I can totally understand why the former might seem preferable at times. Nonetheless, with sadness you are open, and with depression you are shut down. 📸:@michaelhannigphotography

I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.
I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day. 📸: @steiner.creative

Understanding is the other name of love. If you don’t understand, you can’t love.
📸: @steiner.creative

Win a trip to Maui! 🏄🏻 🏝 I've partnered with my old friend @myspacetom (yes, your first friend from a MySpace) and @hawaiianairlines to give away a trip to Maui where you can take classes with me at MeshYoga!

To win, follow these steps.
1️⃣Follow @myspacetom and @hawaiianairlines
2️⃣Like This Video and say Hello in a comment :-) 3️⃣ Find this video on @myspacetom's IG and Tag 3 friends on his video
The winner will be announced on May 30th. The prize is 4 days and 3 nights in Maui, airfare and hotel are covered for two 💑. You will also be welcomed to free yoga classes with me at MeshYoga.com. I might throw in some free Yoga pants as well! 🌈 🤸🏼‍♂️ Go pick out the pair you want to win at MeshYoga.com 😊🤙 Note: this giveaway is made possible by @myspacetom and is not connected with Instagram in any way. Video by: @weerdnaa

Personally I think reading what someone has to write is one of the more luscious forms of human connection.

We live in a blame culture—we want to know whose fault it is and how they’re going to pay. In our personal, social, and political worlds, we do a lot of screaming and finger-pointing, but we rarely hold people accountable. How could we? We’re so exhausted from ranting and raving that we don’t have the energy to develop meaningful consequences and enforce them. From Washington, DC, and Wall Street to our own schools and homes, I think this rage-blame-too-tired-and-busy-to-follow-through mind-set is why we’re so heavy on self-righteous anger and so low on compassion.

Relax, none of this counts. Happy Friday. 💋

One of the wisest beings I know, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, once gave a pithy equation for how to let go of the painful aspects of our experience: “Love Meshed with Space is called letting go.” If you yearn to let go of your pain, increase one or both of these things and see what happens.

🔗: "Heal"
Where have you been? What have you been doing?
I have been spending some time in NYC, reflecting and healing.
In our digital world, I’ve noticed our society freaks out when the statuses to our social media change. This is not just with our social media or even our society but in our personal lives as well. Sometimes, the universe intervenes forcing us to take a pause, giving us no choice but to deal with the stillness.
What have you been reflecting on?
I have been reflecting on the past and the present. Finding the links between physical and emotional pain.
Have you ever noticed, if your physical body is going through a tremendous amount of pain, eventually you will pass out? When some madness happens to your life, your emotional strength breaks down. We as humans naturally transfer that emotional pain to our body forcing it to react. If our physical bodies are unable to react from the emotional pain, we are unable to handle it.
The first layer, whether purposefully or naturally, we transfer our pain to the body. We freak out. Like a roller coaster, all of our emotions go from anger to sadness. We try to fight and figure out where these overwhelming emotions are coming from. We use different emotions to suppress these experiences. We try everything until the pain just gets worse.
The second layer is the deep emotional part. We come to a point when both our physical and emotional pain becomes so extreme, we can’t give in to either way. We are at a standstill and cannot allow ourselves to heal. We come to an internal moment, where we either die figuratively, or we wake up from the inside out. This moment is both a curse and blessing.
Are you fully healed?

Not yet, but with time I will be.
How long will it take?
I don’t know. I am not in a rush. Every day is about learning. With each passing moment, I gain a little more self-recognition. In this healing time, I have found the door that we can all see to our higher self or consciousness. I am standing in the door frame. This is when the new journey truly begins.

You can love many people in your lifetime, searching for your one true love. But an awakened man or woman learns how to listen to their heart, to follow the soul’s promptings and not the advice of the ego-mind. Ego always wants the easy way out. It has a plan. And it’s not for your highest good. It coerces you to pursue a partner for all the wrong reasons. And it wants to camouflage how real love works by stimulating your senses and making you feel good.

Now, whilst there is nothing wrong with feeling good at the time, it doesn’t necessarily have any bearing on your long-term happiness and the survival of your relationship. The soul’s way is different. The soul works in collaboration with the divine. It looks at the heart and decides who your perfect life partner is, someone who will love you unconditionally, someone who adores you, someone who will pour out so much love upon you that it will be difficult to take it all in. It creates beauty from the inside out.

And never think that love in itself is not enough, because it is. Love will find a way to overcome every obstacle. It will produce the environment to resolve all issues. And ultimately, it will help you write your own happily-ever-after story. Choose wisely, go within, and listen to your soul.

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