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.
With each "last time" in your life, you have the choice to feel sad or to savor the moment. If you let your feelings take center stage you could be missing out on some wonderful experiences.
Find out the superpower we all possess that can make any day feel like a birthday. All you need is a little shift in perspective, attitude and mindset. Oh and yoga always helps too!
"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.
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.
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.
With time and practice, regularly searching our experiences for moments that make us smile can create a happier life. Taking a moment several times a day to reflect on such moments can leave us feeling profoundly grateful – some would even say blessed. Mindfulness like this (no matter the method you choose to treasure it) can dramatically shift our experience of our lives – leaving us feeling hopeful and intentional as we look forward to tomorrow.
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.