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!
Living next door to an awful construction project has taught me a surprising lesson: living in a way that is contrary to the lessons I’ve learned on my yoga mat feels just awful. Take it from me. There is no peace and no contentment possible when you’re filled with disdain, anger and loathing. This knowledge is inspiration for me to keep practicing as I inch my way back to living and feeling like the person I am on my mat.
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.