Personal Blog

While preparing for my trip to Europe, I somehow found the time to start my personal blog.
www.mariasteiner.com
Several things inspired and motivated me do this. I practice, learn and teach a very classical, traditional style of Hatha Yoga  according to the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu-Devananda. So there is no need to re-write the yoga books. At the same time I like to keep my yoga website www.hathayogaipswich.com.au about yoga, class info, etc. Even though every so often I share other topics.
This year I started to be more active on Instagram @premamaria, sharing photos and gratitude posts. Most of these are linked to my Facebook page, some on the public Hatha Yoga Ipswich, others on my private one, or both. This makes me realise how many more thoughts, opinions, practices I like to share and not just in one on one conversations, or every now & then in an email. But to a wider community. At the same time I write down my thoughts, so they don’t keep spinning in my head. When I write for others I have to make proper sentences, and not just a word or two in my handwritten diary.
The vision for my personal blog is vast. It my even include a diary from my upcoming holiday. I’m flying to Switzerland tonight.

Homegrown pineapples


“Growing your own pineapples is patience in practice.

The result is a very rewarding treat.

See this example as a metaphor for many things in life.”

Maria Prema

 

Presently we have three pineapples growing. From the time you cut the top and put it in a pot or directly in the ground is takes about 2 – 3 years for the beautiful red pineapple flower to emerge. Then close to six months until the fruit is ripe, yellow and sweet. You can not rush it!!
Pineapples are part of the Bromeliad family.

 

Mother Nature gifted me with a pineapple for my birthday, 31.1.16.

birthday pineapple

 

 

Gratitude Jar

The practice of Gratitude is something I wanted to write and post a blog about it since some time. (Better late than never, while starting the New Year with good intentions and put them into practice)  🙂

Back in January 2013 I posted the following on my Facebook page:

“This idea made the rounds on Facebook last week.

Start on January 1st with an empty jar. Throughout the year write the good things that happened to you on little pieces of paper. On December 31st, open the jar and read all the amazing things that happened to you that year.

So I started my own with a hand made label and I call it “Gratitude Jar”, seeing and appreciating the beauty and abundance in life.
If you like you write a daily note, about anything that put a smile on your face that day and made you feel happy in your heart. Of course you can use a smaller jar……. “

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Half a year later my Gratitude Jar looked like this:

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Since then I still add more notes to my jar. I write about anything that brings joy to my heart, the smell of a flower, a delicious organic fruit, the many new and loyal happy people in my yoga classes. A phone call, a postcard, etc. I received.

A few years before I started the gratitude jar I wrote a gratitude list at the end of each year. I still do that and also add things to the list throughout the year. After I write my gratitude list for the previous year, I then write my intentions list for the new year.

If you prefer you keep a gratitude journal, where you write your daily or weekly notes. Anything you give thanks to.

It is a wonderful practice that brings abundance, as you start to see the beauty in your life.

It’s actually a practice that I did for a while as a teenage girl. And it really helped me a lot back then (it was after my father died),  no one told me about it, I listened to my intuition. I would write in my girly diary when: someone in the street smiled at me, I saw a nice flower on the side of the footpath, if a certain boy at school would say “hi” or “hoi” to my …… 🙂  I did not call it gratitude back then, I just noted what brought me joy that day, usually the smaller the better.

This year I do my gratitude on social media. Instagram has these wonderful hashtags #366grateful #365grateful #366daysofgratitude #366grateful2016 and more similar # or you start your own.

If you like to follow me on Instagram you find me under @mariaprema

I hope you join me this year in the practice of gratitude in some ways & the format that speaks to you. Let’s share our experiences throughout the year.

 

 

I walk my path

I recently wrote this poem:
  
As I woke up today I decided this is a new day, from now on I do it my way.
I walk my path.
I looked at the sun and saw so much fun.
…. I decided to walk my path.
I gathered my stuff and did let go of the rough.
…. now I walk my path.
I see my beauty, that shining sparkle in the eye, it feels like I can fly.
I walk my path.
If you are happy, kind, alive in your heart, I invite you in my life to play a part.
I walk my path.
If you rejoice to be with me, feel free to walk beside me.
…. as I walk my path.
I walk my path.
Maria Steiner 28-09-2015

© Photography Maria Steiner 16/01/15 at the Spit in Mooloolaba