The ability to mindfully choose your response to a situation rather than mindlessly reacting goes a long way to smoothing out the rough edges of your experiences. It can make you more patient and more empathetic. It can help you to stay calm and centered. It can help you to understand and to honor your emotions without allowing them to dictate your actions.
Are endings hard for you? If you get bogged down feeling sad in times of transition, shifting your focus to the new beginning that is hiding in every ending can help boost your outlook and enthusiasm for life's changes.
"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see." Beauty is around us all the time. If we choose a new perspective we'll not only be able to see this beauty, but perhaps change our lives for the better.
Change is inevitable. Sometimes it's "happy" change like the onset of spring; sometimes it's less happy. But all change can bring growth if we choose to see it that way.
Leaning in means to grab opportunities without hesitation. Sometimes these are opportunities to do more or work harder. Sometimes - just the opposite.
Being willing to let go of your expert status frees you for unlimited growth. It empowers you to listen and to think when someone asks “Why?” – not to defend the way you do things but with a beginner’s true, open-minded curiosity. Being willing to not be an expert enables you to continue to stretch into your potential.
If life is consistent in one way, it’s that it very rarely (if ever) moves only forward. No matter how hard we’re working or how well we’re doing, we can bank on the fact that progress will always be interrupted by a little (or not so little) step backward. This is OK. Backward steps are a necessary part of the dance of life. And they almost always bear gifts that take us further forward than we could ever have gotten without them.
After months of relentless anxiety, I discovered that when I stay engaged with each moment I do not feel anxious at all. Instead I feel like me. A mindfulness practice such as yoga can help you develop the skills to dig deep and resist circumstances that seem designed to distract you from your current experience. While I can't promise that practice will make you perfect, I can guarantee that practice such as this will make you better at staying fully engaged (and less anxious!) in the moments of your life.
Each of us has a “star” to follow. I believe that heeding this unique, special call opens up entire galaxies of promise and potential in life. There is no more surefire way for you to light this world a little brighter – for yourself and for those around you - than taking your own unique, individual journey in pursuit of your “star.” Just think - as you do, you could shine so brightly in your own quest that you might become the glimmer in the sky that inspires someone just beginning his or her own long walk through the desert toward meaning.