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Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]

The tools which have helped me to live a conscious, meaningful life are:

1) Staying connected to God, Creative Source, Great Spirit, the Divine. In yoga, we call this Ishvara Pranidhana, the consciousness that is in all and beneath all. It is remembering that I am here to serve first and foremost, That the simple gesture of offering up my actions to the Divine helps me release attachment to outcome and reduces suffering.

2) Staying connected to my body as a temple. We are what we eat. It’s important to me to consciously choose to support the Earth and the farmers who work sustainably. I eat organic, fresh produce. My diet consists mainly of organic fruit, vegetables, superfoods and clean water. I also look at consumption in broader terms. We are actually everything that we consume, whether it’s food, TV, radio, or our environment at work or at home. Our senses absorb everything and that informs our thoughts and feelings, which in turn influences our way of being in this world.

3) Continuously, consciously, choosing. My husband and I have a mantra we were given: “continuously, consciously, choosing” this life, this marriage, this moment, to fully see those around us. This helps me direct my energy and attention to the beauty of each moment rather than dwelling on negative thoughts or emotions. The human brain is the most complex computer on the planet. How we program it is important. Yogis understand that we have 1000 thoughts per blink of the eye. Any one of these thoughts has the power to derail this moment, if we allow it. Therefore, it’s important to continuously monitor and consciously choosing our experience. Obviously, this doesn’t happen all the time, but the more we exercise this muscle the easier it becomes and the quicker we realize when we’re off the mark.

4) Connecting with friends, family, and community. Spending time with my husband and loved ones refreshes and nourishes my soul. We learn from and teach each other every day. The great gifts of humanity and the main reasons I believe we’re here on this Earth are to learn and to teach and to love.

5) Staying Connected to the Earth. My trick for staying focused is to ground my energy, to connect to the Earth, to be active in my body, to hike, walk, practice yoga, meditate, and chant. This is really the backbone of my life. I learned a long time ago that I can only truly give to others once I’ve nourished myself. Being in Nature does that for me, gives me time to recharge and renew. Yoga does that for me. Raw food does that for me, charges my body but also leaves me light.

– Kia Miller

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