We are a culture that has become obsessed with “happy”. Commercials, adds, all feature smiling people and promise you that their product will make you happier. Social media, too highlights this phenomenon as everyone posts pictures of their fun trips, smiling family and successes. Social media was called a “hall of flattering mirrors” in something I read once, and it’s true, but what you see on the commercials, and on Facebook pages is not the truth. Everyone suffers. Everyone feels sad, has doubts, feels envious of others’ “perfect” lives. This is what unites us. We must not fight our sadness. It’s natural to have low days, sad days, bad moods. Just like the rain, a good cry can cleanse our minds and bodies. Of course, it’s not healthy to feel sad ALL the time, but every now and again is completely normal, and healthy. It’s a sign that you are human, that you are alive and experiencing life. Next time you feel sad, don’t judge it, just notice it and let yourself feel whatever it is you feel. Happy Weekend!
Eastern philosophers always speak of water because of its unique qualities. Water is soft and flexible. It always chooses the path of least resistance, and yet, it carves paths through rocks, creates canyons, and holds up ships. A ripple in water, effects every other water molecule associated with that body of water, regardless of distance. Water soothes and heals. It washes and renews. Water can slip through fingers, but hold up ships. In your life, try to be more like water. Flexible, soft, but strong. It can be done. Happy Weekend!
When love is your religion, every person, every heart is an opportunity to offer gratitude, prayer, homage. Every person you come into contact with is an opportunity to spread love. It may be as simple as a smile, but remember that every interaction with another being exchanges some energy. You get to choose what type of energy you want to share. Happy Weekend.
Everything starts with you, within. This is a lesson I’ve only recently learned. Before, I always believed in waiting for the external to fall into place before I could be truly happy. Now, I realize that the external is often, determined by what we think, how we act, how we react, and what we believe. Wayne Dyer says “we don’t attract what we want, we attract what we are”. Therefore, if you work on the internal, on the self, on your thoughts, and your beliefs, everything around you will change as well. Peace and happiness come from within, from a life well-lived. Happy Weekend.
Sorry about the late post (Happy Weekend is usually posted on Saturday not Sunday) but I was at the regional yoga asana championship in Petaluma, Ca yesterday competing for the very first time! It was such an awesome experience and I will do a blog post on this later in the week.
This quote is so true. For example, the anxiety I wrote about in my last post “Don’t Take Things Personally” was consuming me. I’ve heard it said that things start out as a whisper and then turn into a scream. I believe I had been taking things personally for a while, probably my entire life, but it was time to learn that lesson, and thus became a scream, so loud I couldn’t ignore it. If you find yourself placed in situations repeatedly that feel negative, ask yourself “what is the lesson I haven’t learned yet”. For instance, do you always feel like the victim, do you always feel disrespected by others, or alone, or left out? What part are you playing in placing yourself back into these situations? What lesson haven’t you learned yet? Or, is there someone in your life that drives you crazy with resentment, anger, annoyance? What can you learn from them? I believe that life is a journey in which we are constantly provided with opportunities to learn and grow if you know how to recognize these opportunities. Often pain and suffering is a growing opportunity disguised. “Nothing ever goes away, until it teaches us what we need to know”.
I was feeling sorry for myself this morning because I injured myself in headstand a few days ago while practicing my yoga routine for competition. I went to a chiropractor and I’m going to be fine, but for a few days I can’t practice my full routine. The choices we make consistently, everyday, speak more about our values, beliefs, integrity, faith, and character than words ever could. Remember that today is your temple and you have the opportunity to fill it with whatever you want your religion to be. I want to fill my temple today with gratitude, happiness, love, integrity, and faith that everything will be okay. What will you fill yours with today? Happy Weekend!
Don’t get me wrong, traveling is great and wonderful, because often, it opens you up and gives you new perspectives. However, there are also many ways to gain new insight. For instance, I have read books that have changed me. I have read books that, afterwards, I was a different person because those books gave me new eyes. Yoga, also, has lead me to discovery and to gain new insights on life. This is what we should seek. We need to seek experiences that help us to grow and transform…to see the world with new eyes. We need to seek experiences that give us fresh perspectives. Perhaps seeking new landscapes gives one new eyes, and perhaps it doesn’t. Depends on the landscape. Depends on the person. Depends on the particular experience. The point is to seek experiences that give you new eyes. Happy Weekend!
This quote is pretty self explanatory but it completely makes sense. I remember before I found yoga really feeling bad about my body. Not that I was overweight but at times I just felt this heaviness and stiffness that just kind of just lived in me. It wasn’t until several classes into Bikram that I noticed most of those feelings disappear. In a sense I had not taken care of my “garden” and definitely had some “weeding” to do. I remember at times thinking that if I would just eat “healthier” maybe things would change, and maybe they would. But the feelings and challenges I discovered with exercise could not be generated through diet alone. You must move the body. As Shakespeare’s quote says “our wills are our gardeners”. So easy to comprehend but much harder to live by. Happy weekend!