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.
It is critically important that we figure out what re-fills us and schedule these things into our lives. It is only when we do so that we can live our lives as the open-hearted, gracious, generous, compassionate and passionate people that we yearn to be.
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.
Snap judgments can be surprisingly accurate. Practicing mindfulness can create more awareness of when we're making them, to help us avoid acting purely on bias or assumption.
Did you know that humans have the ability to create –to synthesize – happiness? In fact, research has shown that happiness that comes from within last longer than any other kind.
Have you every been so fixated on a goal that anything short of success feels like a failure? Your yoga mat is a great place to learn a concept called desireless practice where even the tiniest of baby steps is celebrated as growth.
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.