Thursday, April 24, 2014

Are you breathing?

Dear Friend ~

Are you breathing?

No really. I'm serious.

We hold our breath more often than you think.

We breathe shallow (up in our chest and throat) a lot of the time.


We live in our heads! Thankfully we are all waking up to the importance of living more in the body and now have access to a variety of tools that will take us below the neck and into our bodies (where the good stuff REALLY is).

A few days ago one of my friends posted on Facebook:

"When life is overwhelming, what do you do?"

I immediately thought of the quickest and cheapest way towards healing and calm. The breath.

Conscious breathing is where it's at, folks.

Because of that plea from my friend, I was inspired to create this sweet and easy conscious breathing video and thought it'd be a nice gift for each one of us!

At Lucidity festival a few weeks ago I attended a conscious breathing workshop with the amazing Rabia Hayak, founder of Do As One, whose mission is to make the world a happier and healthier place through conscious breathing. Ahhh! Check out the site where you can log onto their "rooms" and practiceconscious breathing, chanting, meditation and laughter yoga (for FREE) with people from all over the world.

We have so many tools at our fingertips for healing and rejuvenation.

So when you are feeling overwhelmed or anxiety-ridden, remember that the breath is free and quick and easy!

Have you cosciously breathed today?

Make it a daily practice and notice how your world changes.

Breathe on my brothers and sisters...and let me know how it goes!

Love ~


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We know what to do

Let my guard down
Walls crumble to the earth
Breathing into the goodness 
Releasing expectation
Surrendering to the most high


Bowing in humble gratitude
Releasing thru tears
Laughter, dancing, sighs

Looking into those eyes
Embracing the difficulty
Smiling at the humanness 


We know what to do

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

You are most excellent.

Yesterday I felt raw, exposed, vulnerable...but also renewed, reborn and extremeley grateful.

These feelings were the result of my going for it at our Spring Celebration on Saturday at Brasil Arts Cafe.

I gave every ounce of myself to the event and especially to my performances.

I decided to dance as if it was the last time.

Two days before the event I had a mini anxiety attack.

I worried whether enough people would show up. I worried about my performance and if I would remember all the choreography. I worried about all the little details that go into producing an event.

It felt icky. It felt draining. It felt destructive. It was an old script that I was repeating.

It caused tension and friction between me and Budhi.

This time, instead of continuing down the stress road I decided to make a new choice.

I took a step back and brought to mind all of the teachers and mentors in my life.

People who are committed to bringing excellence into the world through their work and their art.

People who carry excellence and choose excellence in every moment (or at least most of the time).

I declared in that moment that I would be committed to my own excellence...when I danced, performed, presented and hosted this event.

I would not worry about what happened out there and only focus on what I do and how I show up.

I committed to 100% excellence.

I completely gave myself over to the higher purpose of all that I do.

I let go of my insanity. We all have it and wrestle with it from time to time.

But it is a choice.

What do you choose today? Excellence? or Insanity?

Excellence is not always a comfortable and sweet feeling place. It often brings up fears and insecurities.

And again your choice is to jump on the insanity train or continue to commit to your excellence.

Excellence is unique, personal, and relative to each individual.

My excellence and your excellence look and sound different...but the energy of commitment, dedication, focus, presence feels similar.

I know I am in the presence of excellence when I am inspired to connect to and nurture my own excellence.

How do you cultivate and nurture excellence in your own work and in life?

I would love to hear.

I support and love you. You are most excellent!

~ Lisa

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What are you afraid of?

One of the most challenging things that I've said "yes" to recently is choreographing and performing solo dance pieces for different events and audiences.

Last December I performed solo dances on 3 different occasions. I had never choreographed for just ME before.

I was used to having at least one other dancer up there with me to lean on, be inspired by, co-create with.

Now, it was just me. This is what I had wanted and asked for. It was something I manifested very quickly (faster than expected). Funny how that works.

I soon was invited to perform again, and again. I keep saying "yes."


solo performance at India House for Solstice Celebration Fundraiser - Photo by Robert Bernstein

I have never felt so raw and vulnerable.

I have never been so overly critical of myself.

Similar to what painters, sculptors, writers, etc. often experience, my pieces/performances didn't and don't always feel complete.

Not quite polished, finished, ready.

performace for Lucidity Festival's Healing Sanctuary at Divinitree Yoga Studio - Photo by film tribe

But what came to me yesterday was a feeling of gratitude. Gratitude for stepping into this scary place of "incompleteness", "rawness".

Also an awareness of how silly my sharp judgements and criticism can be.

That I may truly understand and KNOW I am complete as I am - right now.

That all is well, and to love and accept myself as an artist, a person, a human being.

To celebrate every piece that I create and present.

Plus, it is NOT about me. It about service and giving of my JOY to the world.

Our gifts do not belong to us. They belong to the world.

Our job is to get out of the way and give.

Share. Express.

So my darling friend, what are you saying "yes" to, no matter the fears and resistance?

What are willing to say "yes" to from this moment forward - something that makes you feel uncomfortable but pulls at your heart strings and pushes you to grow, expand and transform?


I believe in you. If I can do this, you can!

"Always do what you are afraid to do."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Monday, February 3, 2014

Let go with love.

photo: rs thurston

I've been having many conversations lately with people who have simply committed to too many things.

They are feeling overwhelmed and are experiencing burn out.

Too many things to do, try and commit to, not enough time or energy.

This is such a great time for these conversations.

The beginning of the year is perfect for getting clear on two things...

#1:  Priorities

Get your priorities straight, sweet one.


Ask yourself a few questions.

What am I willing to give 100-1000% of my love and focus to? Make a list (it should be a short one).

What am I giving 50, 60, 70, 85% of my love to?

Make a list.

Reflect on the second list and ask yourself (your gut, intuition), what do I need to let go of?

Meditate on it for a while if the answer doesn't come right away. Observe your thoughts and feelings as you engage in these commitments.

What is weighing me down or making me feel depleted, frustrated and fried?

Saying "yes" when you mean it is saying "yes" to yourself.

Saying "no" when you mean it is saying "yes" to yourself. 

I recently committed to no more half-assing. Fully show up or let it go. 

And those commitments I am unsure of? I decided to pay more attention to my thoughts, energy and attitude around them.

I am noticing, and taking my time in whether I am ready to let them go or change them or commit 100%. 

When I started to do this process I felt a greater sense of ease and lightness. 

Like a breath of fresh air!

#2: Integrity

The word "integrity" means the state of being whole, undivided. The quality of honesty.

When we are showing up for our commitments and responsibilities whole and undivided, we are truly showing up.

What are you willing to show up to, undivided and whole? 

With all of the opportunities, as well as distractions out there, what are your main priorities?

Our energy and time are precious. When we get really clear about our priorities and let go of things that no longer support us, we create a life that is more honest and whole. 

We start living in integrity. 


And of course there is no magical utopia state where we are super clear, living in integrity and our priorities are completely in alignment - all the time, 100%. 

That would be boring. 

The scales must be tipped, we must feel out of alignment and out of integrity from time to time. 

This is how we evolve.

As we grow and shift and change, so do our priorities. 

Enjoy the process. It is sometimes bumpy and uncomfortable and downright painful.

We may disappoint folks. 

We might rock the boat a little. 

Let go with love. 

Release attachments and expectations (I know this can be difficult). 

Release labels and stories that don't fit anymore. 

Let go of things that feel like heavy obligations. 

Make space for you. 

Value your time and energy. 

Give your all to those things that mean so much to you. 

Let me know how it goes...

I believe in you!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wear your gratitude like a soft fluffy sweater

Dear shining star ~

On Monday I performed with my Panzumo Drum and Dance Company for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the incredible Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara (picture above). I give huge kudos and props to our student performers Suzi, Jo, Rick, Paul, Adam, Markus, Brenda and Simone...for your incredible focus, hard work, joyful attitudes and LOVE for bringing this drum and dance magic to the masses.

As you see above, photographer Rob Hoffman captured the pure joy and bliss that we feel while performing and sharing in dance and drum together. I love the smiles on our faces, the openness of our hearts, and the energy emanating from every cell in our bodies!

Right now I invite you to recall a recent experience that brought you similar joy and bliss. A moment where you felt in alignment, on fire, or just simply in awe of life.

Close your eyes, see every tiny detail, breathe deeply and say "thank you".

Ahh...feels good, doesn't it?

I'm currently going through some growing pains, personally. Sometimes I feel overcome by emotion from gratitude and love. Other times I feel as if I am drowning, stuck, frustrated, sad. While ALL of these emotions are important to feel and notice and experience...I can easily root myself in the memory of a moment like the one captured above and feel my emotional bonds and chains release and dissipate.

This is who I am.

This is what I most love to do.

This is my dharma and my passion.

I just want to keep doing this.

I believe that if we can bring ourselves to these statements through the highs and lows, ups and downs, we can live in the space of gratitude and we can experience more of what we want.

Keep saying what you want and what you love.

Out loud is good.

Inside your heart during meditation is good.

Like a mantra.

In a recent meditation I saw the image of myself holding gratitude in my body while moving about my day.

Gratitude feels light, uplifting, magical.

I wear it like a soft fluffy sweater or a light pair of angel wings on my back.

It heals. It soothes. It takes me out of my head and into my heart.

Ground yourself in gratitude. Say "thank you". Breathe. Remember.

May you be in bliss (at least a little bit) every single day and may you enjoy the way your body moves and your heart sings while you carry gratitude with you

I love you all ~


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Make your dreams come true. Feel your way.

Beloved friend ~

On Winter Solstice this past December I led a group of incredible women in a Dream Dance Journey in Santa Barbara and it was truly magical. We chanted, meditated, danced, breathed deeply, and shared our deepest dreams and desires for this year.

Since then I continue to journal and meditate on what I'm creating and calling in for 2014.

I love it and feel passionate about sharing the many ways we can make our dreams come true.

I recently visited family in Bend, Oregon and over the course of those 6 days I spent most mornings in bed writing and reflecting and gearing up for the new year.

It was fabulous.

(FYI - Bend is a beautiful and inspiring place - think pine trees, rivers, lakes, and snow capped mountains!) 

On this trip I brought along a fabulous new book called The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.

warm blankets, soft pillows, sunrise, my journal and The Desire Map

I highly recommend!

Danielle is brilliant, sassy, straight forward, innovative, and is all about desire, baby!

In this new book, she suggest we get in touch with our desires by focusing on how we want to feel first.

The goals and intentions come later. The feelings come first.

I love this.

You say you want to lose 20 pounds this year? O.k., but why? How do you really want to feel?


You want to bring in $15,000 more this year? Great. But why? What is the feeling that you desire here?


Instead of just listing off all the things you want and what you want to create and do in the coming months/years, drop down into your heart and focus on how you really want to feel.

The Desire Map takes you through a process of discovering what Danielle calls our "core desired feelings."

And when we make decisions (which restaurant to dine at, where to go on vacation, whether to take that job, what clothes need to go to the good will, etc.), our core desired feelings can guide us and inform us along the way.

Yesterday while grocery shopping I decided to choose each item with my core desired feelings as my guide. For example, I looked through several bunches of spinach and chose the freshest and greenest I could find. I also decided not to purchase too many pre-packaged items as it didn't feel in alignment with my core desired feelings.

So what are Lisa Beck's cored desired feelings, you ask?

1. Joy: elated, playful, glee, delight, laughter, bliss, happy, loved and loving

2. Alive: energized, juicy, powerful, sparkly, tapped in and turned on

3. Free: open, light, trusting, flying, expansive, anything is possible

4. Flow: soft, fluid, faith, breath, adaptable, accepting, from love and into more love

5. Connection: generosity, abundance, global, channel for divine love, one with all

When I look at this list I feel excited and in alignment with my desires and passions.

From this place I have created goals and intentions for this year. Instead of feeling like I'm going to have to climb Mt. Everest or become my own army sergeant in terms of my goals, I feel that anything is possible and I feel ready and excited to make my desires and dreams come true.

No matter what happens this year, I am committed to cultivating feelings of joy, aliveness, freedom, flow, and connection as much as possible.

It's what really counts!

So whether goal setting the way you've always done it works brilliantly for you or you are looking for a new way of setting intentions (like I was), I invite you to get in touch with the way you want to feel.

Connect those feelings to the things/people/places that you want to manifest and I promise it'll make you feel better in the process.

I would love to hear your intentions for 2014 and please also share your own core desired feelings if you feel inspired. Comment below or send me an e-mail.

Happy dreaming...