I remember when I used to work in the restaurant – this weird thing would happen.

Nobody would order the chicken pot pie for weeks. Then, one day, every table ordered it. All day.

Like they’d made a secret chicken-pot-pie-pact with each other. But I guess it’s kind of like a collective consciousness, right? I mean, if you believe in that sort of thing.

A collective chicken pot pie consciousness.

Sometimes, I walk into a room to teach a yoga class and we’re all grumpy. And tired. Like we’d made the grumpy and tired pact before we got there. No one planned it, “Hey, let’s ALL be tired today. And a little melancholy.”

It’s kind of weirdly awesome how that works, right?

Makes me feel really connected to, well, to you.

So this morning, I taught my 7 am yoga class. I walked there because that feels good to do (try it if you can-walk. Walk medicine.) I was in a good mood. I told the class about the chicken pot pie collective consciousness and we decided to be in a CGM (Collective Good Mood) because you know, we are contagious beings.

When we are a-holes, that spreads through the world. (I mean, I know we are never a-holes. None of us. Ever. Insert sarcastic voice here.)

I have a line in a poem I wrote that says:

Let your joy be contagious.

Let it spread through your home, your job, your children.

Let it spread through the world 

like a virus,

so that, every so often, when you forget it,

you’ll catch it from someone else.

We are totally contagious. Moods, energy, excitement.

So I asked my 7 am yoga class if they wanted to be in a CGM and send that out into the world.

Look, it’s 7 am and they were hardly awake but they all said yes.

So watch out world. Because here we come. (Doesn’t that feel good to say. Like, get out of bed and say, “Watch out world. Here I come.” And then go out and make a dent in the world. And laugh at yourself for talking out loud to yourself there like that in your pajamas.)

I also told them that the theme for the next class was having a sense of humor.

I said this: Please don’t bother coming if you don’t have one. Unless our CGM will help you get one and laugh at yourself.

Collective Good Mood vs Collective Bad Mood. You decide. @JenPastiloff (Click to Tweet!)

I love you.

xo jen

Can’t wait to see you in NYC next Sat 9/27! Please come. There are 5 spots left! Make sure you let me know you are from the Positively Positive community so we can get a hug in! I’ll be in Dallas Nov 1, Miami Nov 8 (Wayne Dyer’s daughters Serena and Skye are guest speakers) and Vancouver Jan 17. All info on manifestationyoga.com.


Jen will be leading a New Year’s Manifestation Retreat: On Being Human in Ojai, California. All retreats are a combo of yoga/writing and for ALL levels. Read this post to understand more. Check out jenniferpastiloff.com for all retreat listings and workshops to attend one in a city near you (Dallas, NYC, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, South Dakota, Vancouver, Princeton are next). Jen is the guest speaker 3 times a year at Canyon Ranch and leads an annual retreat to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health every February, as well as an annual invite only retreat to Tuscany. She is the founder of the popular The Manifest-Station website. Jen and author Lidia Yuknavitch will be leading a Writing + The Body Retreat Jan 31-Feb 1 as well Other Voices Querétaro with Gina Frangello, Emily Rapp, Stacy Berlein, and Rob Roberge in May . Follow Jen on Instagram and Twitter. You can also find her at BeautyHunting.com. 

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