Do the good thing. Say the kind words. Even when you’re having a bad day. You might never know how your generosity impacts others. But, as soon as you choose to make someone else’s day a great one, you will realize that your day just got a little better, too.
Ready. Set. GO! Does September Feel Like You’re on the Starting Line of a Race You aren’t Ready For?
Does September leave you feeling like you're at the starting line of a race you're not quite ready for? It is possible to bring some of summer's slower, quieter rhythms into the mad dash of this busy time of year.
We all find ourselves in situations (sometimes over and over again) where our reactions are way out of proportion with reality. As crazy as it might seem, these reactions are a choice. Mindfulness practices such as yoga help us learn to choose our responses in even the most stressful situations. This ability frees us from the power that old habits and triggers have over us.
If a coming change has you an emotional wreck like my looming empty nest has me, it's OK. Every change and shift in life is an opportunity to practice letting go. It is by letting go that we stay open to change. It is by being open to change that we allow ourselves to change. The opposite is also true. When we resist or fight change, we eliminate the possibility for our own growth. So join me in opening your arms wide to let go and embrace all that life is bringing your way!
As heretical as it feels to my hard-working self to say so, hard work is not enough. For hard work to truly bear fruit, you must love what you’re working hard at. Loving the fact that you can do it (or will be able to do it one day) simply isn’t enough. Love must inspire you to do the work. Otherwise, one day your will power and energy will flag and you will stop.
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.