A Celebrity Surprise

Part of my job as a real estate professional is to be familiar with the inventory, which means I go see lots of houses.  And, this being LA, I have found myself in the homes of actors, directors, writers and others connected to the entertainment industry.  I don’t seek out these homes; most of the time I discover the Hollywood connection because of something that is hanging on the wall, on the mantle or through a conversation with the agent.  It doesn’t really change my assessment of a home, although it can occasionally shift how I perceive someone in the public eye.

For example, I fell in love with a house today.  I loved the decor, I loved the floor plan, I loved the feel and flow of the entire place.  It felt warm and cared for and inviting.  It was just a house with really wonderful energy.  You could sense that the inhabitants were happy there and that this had been a good home for them.  As I was looking around the child’s bedroom, I saw on the wall a little drawing the child had made.  Written on the drawing was, “I am grateful for my parents.”  That just floored me.  To me, that just speaks to how there was some very good parenting going on in that household.

I still didn’t know whose home it was.  As I continued to tour the house, I happened to see something that revealed who the owner was.  And in that moment, I noticed a subtle shift in what I thought of this person. I had been pretty indifferent to this person’s work (just not my taste) and I doubt I will rush to see their next project simply because of what I saw today.  It’s more that I was so impressed that a younger actor with some success is raising such a wonderful kid in this town that I feel this respect for them, from a distance.  With so much of the media focused on the individuals who make their mistakes in public, it’s nice to come across someone who has achieved some success (and who seems to continue to be succeeding in the industry) to be so grounded and loving in their private life.

New Beginnings

The number one is often associated with new beginnings and this being November 11 (11.11) I got to thinking: what new journey, what next step, what new path am I embarking on and supporting?

Something about it being Monday and all those ones are inspiring me to take new, more focused, deliberate and directed action towards creating the life I want.  I find it interesting that I had just completed a specific 40-day meditation cycle yesterday and am starting a new one today.  And to tend to the practical, this-life-in-this-dimension-on-this-earth-reality, I’m spending the morning in a business planning workshop to map out my goals for 2014.

So there’s new beginnings, planning and envisioning on the spiritual level and the physical level.  My goal as I continue to grow and evolve in my personal practices is to be more consistently connected to my embodiment so that my inner self and my outer self are more fully integrated.  Yoga taught me how tending to my body can help clear my mind.  My physical body is the home for my spirit.  So perhaps it is not surprising that now, as a real estate professional, I view houses as the structure for housing the physical body and how they support the spirit.  My personal experience is that, just as there are certain practices that are more suited for different physical bodies as they move through their transformation, certain physical spaces are more supportive than others of that journey of personal transformation.

If you were free to pursue your passion, what would you do?  What is stopping you?  What ONE thing can you do to begin incorporating more of that passion into your life, beginning today?

An Extra Hour To Excavate Your Truth and Create New Dreams

Daylight Savings Time ends tomorrow, giving us an extra hour to spend Sunday any way we like.  This particular Sunday, November 3, 2013, happens to coincide with the Scorpio New Moon in a total Solar Eclipse.  What does all that mean?  I found a really clear and detailed explanation from Kelley Rosano at http://www.kelleyrosano.com/tag/scorpio-astrology/

Eclipses are extremely powerful influences and this particular one we’ll be having offers a wonderful opportunity to get clear on our truth and purpose so that we may really integrate the lessons of the past few years and learn from our fears.  And this may also be a time to clarify or re-define your dreams.

For me, this time is about bringing together the doubts, fears and lessons I have learned in the past decade and transforming those hesitations into a clear vision of what it is I am here to do.  This time is about me being more explicit and intentional in expressing my role on this earth at this time.  And that role is about integrating what I have learned (and continue to learn) in my yoga practice into how I serve the real estate needs of individuals who share my passion and commitment to living in a conscious and mindful way.

Dreaming – I find myself having new dreams now that I have gotten clearer as to this next stage in my personal journey.  One of those dreams is to have my personal and professional selves congruent (which is what the name, TheYogiRealtor represents for me).  And when I work with home buyers, one of the things I love to do is hold a safe space for them to dream.  I want you to dream and see with your heart where it is you want to live.  This is so much more than thinking about home as the house with the the walls and roof that shelter us.  Home is that space where we are safe to be ourselves, to connect with our spirit, to get closer to our truth, to open our hearts and to envision our dreams.  Home is that space where we can safely explore and practice how it feels to have our inner and outer selves in alignment.  And from that safe exploration we can then confidently go out into the world, our boundaries intact, our thoughts and actions aligned, and our hearts open.

Energy and Your Home

Every home is imbued with the consciousness of its tenant.”  – Deepak Chopra, New York Times, October 20, 2013

If you are a writer or any kind of artist, if you change something as fundamental as where you live – the way you live – then I think you change the very instrument that is trying to make the art” – Dani Shapiro, New York Times, October 27, 2013 

I was so inspired when I read these two quotes because they encapsulated so concisely two main things I think of (and feel for) when I look at homes.  I have no doubt that how we live our daily lives leaves an energetic imprint on the living space and that the configuration of our space as well as the external/environmental conditions surrounding the space impacts our relationships to our inner and outer selves.

As a real estate professional, I see lots and lots of houses.  One of the services I provide my clients is to preview homes on their behalf so that clients don’t waste time looking at houses that don’t live up to the potential of their photographs (just as some people on online dating websites post information and photos that do not accurately represent who they are, photos of houses often only tell part of the story).  And I’m not just looking at the stats and criteria; I’m looking (or more accurately, feeling) for something a little more.  To me, there is no denying that some houses just have better energy and that’s something I take into consideration.  Which is not to say that the energy is fixed; it is possible to clear the energy of a space (maybe through burning sage or incense, or chanting mantras and playing sacred music, or hiring vastu or feng shui experts, or various other possibilities, depending on personal preference and what’s going on in the space).  And certainly anyone who meditates or engages in any kind of spiritual practice over a sustained period of time in the same space knows very well how those practices shifts the energy of the space, imbuing it with a powerful energetic charge.

Just as a space is imbued with the energy of its occupants, the space in turn can influence occupants in such a way that a greater commitment to wellness practices may be encouraged, a deeper connection to creativity may be fostered, and work/life balance may be more easily attained.  That’s the flow of a specific dwelling as well as the location in which it is situated.  Part of us getting more connected to our inner selves and tapping into our wisdom is learning how to identify what kind of space we need and being attuned to when our needs change.

Again, let me quote Deepak Chopra: “We [Chopra and his wife] have a big house that overlooks the ocean.  It’s idyllic.  You can walk on the beach and see the dolphins, and to a visitor that would be amazing.  But to me at my state of life, I can get almost brain-dead after a while.  I need the stimulus of the city to keep my mind dynamic.” (NYT Oct. 20, 2013)

Sometimes we need to be closer to nature, sometimes we need to be in a more urban environment.  When we are aware and true to ourselves, we know which kind of environment we need to bring the balance we want in our bodies, mind and spirit.

How do you cultivate energy in your home?  When you look at houses, do you feel for their energy? What have you observed about the relationship between the energy of your living space and the wellness of your being, the flow of your creativity, the ability to access and follow your dreams?