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.
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.
It is easy to forget that the yoga postures themselves are not the point of yoga. They are a means to an end. We jump around on our yoga mats NOT to get better at contorting ourselves into fantastic positions. We do it to quiet our minds. And we quiet our minds to find peace, to find comfort with stillness, to delve into the depths of our being.
The sounds of life around you as you practice are not a distraction. Rather, they are a small reminder that yoga is meant to support you as you live your life, not help you escape from it.
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 you feeling burdened by the work of taking care of something or someone else? Yoga teaches us to take care of ourselves so that we're better able to care for the people and things that fill our lives.
It's not selfish to take care of yourself. In fact, a regular self-care practice is not just good for you, it actually makes you better able to take care of others too.
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.