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Less wine, more sushi, please…PASSION

A fruit…a fire within…not something you follow…it’s something that drags you. Passion gives you purpose and courage.

Passion makes you shave your head and move to Tibet.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

OK, that’s one possibility! More pertinently, if you don’t have it at this exact moment, relax. Let it find you. Don’t punish yourself or attempt to locate it frantically. Understand that passion is designed to ebb and flow in our lives. Passion can be misused as a synonym for perfection just to make us feel badly about where we are currently in the ebb and flow. So, when passion has seemingly abandoned you, start more gently with curiosity and work up from there.

Every creative process is a break in logic…otherwise it’s an algorithm.” ~Deepak Chopra

imagePassion is a type of attraction. Often, we can’t quite put our finger on why we feel so devoted to it. Passion seems to have its own prana or life force within it that entices and coaxes us to step out of fear and into life.

Passion is the genesis of genius.” ~Galileo Galileo

Passion is the beginning. The thing that inspires our dedication and commitment. Passion elicits our talents and expands our preconceived notion of what is possible. It arrives in our life with a personal message:

Stretch assignment enclosed. Are you ready? Well, are you?!

You see, passion can be a bit impatient. It is more like sushi than red wine…it should be consumed as soon as it appears. It resembles a start-up in temperament. We observe the characteristics of passion in the fruit bearing its name.

The passion fruit is a vigorous, climbing vine that clings by tendrils to almost any support. It can grow quickly once established, but it must have strong support. It is generally short-lived.

Passion fruit is indigenous to Brazil and other countries in South America. (What a surprise…) And, like our human passions, these plant passions require fertile soil. Otherwise, our attention goes to survival, not to thrive-al.

So, our objective this week is to become a vessel for passion. We work toward clearing ourselves of passion-killing neural grooves. Neural grooves are formed in repetition. The ones we need to clear are the stories we keep telling ourselves that keep us stuck and stagnant. Rather than protecting us, they in fact paralyze us into living small and scared.

Passion killers
1. Thinking too much. Excessive thinking is a huge passion killer. Mental activity blocks our intuition and intuition is the bridge to our creativity. Without creativity, we are no different from robots. Passion feeds us creatively in a way that thinking cannot.

2. Stress. Stress of any sort puts us into fight or flight mode. Perpetual fight or flight mode invites dis-ease and weakens our constitution. In stress, we focus on survival, whether the threat is real or (mis)perceived.

3. Distraction & noise adds to the mental activity, loosening our concentration and needlessly busying our minds.

4. Insecurity & fear lure us to shut down and turn away from our passion. No matter how much passion surrounds you, you cannot feel the embrace unless you unfold your arms to receive it.

5. Externally-motivated goals cannot sustain passion. Being of service can. Being externally-motivated entails acting out someone else’s agenda for appearances or out of fear of scarcity, being unloveable or, in any other way, not enough. In contrast, being of service reflects generosity of spirit and passion for the activity of engagement.

Passion enhancers
1. Sleep to restore harmony, heal, and rest / reset the mind. The body and mind repair themselves in sleep.

2. Meditate to lower the mental activity. Set a timer for 30 mins. Sit through any discomfort associated with stillness.

image3. Move at least once an hour. Movement of any sort. Just move. Bonus points for dancing the tango…

4. Eat for passion. Beyond passion fruit, there are foods thought to be natural aphrodisiacs…foods that affect our hormones, brain chemistry, energy and stress levels. Foods, such as basil, asparagus, almonds, avocado, garlic, and oysters.

5. Hydration. Water. Water. Water. Restore your body’s balance. Dehydration disrupts digestion and impedes physical performance and blood flow. Water is your best form of defense against headaches and muscular tension.

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.