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Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday Mantra 4: Its Not Easy But It's Worth It.

Have you ever felt proud after you did 'Easy' work? Have you respected someone who had it 'Easy'? Has 'Easy' work ever felt gratifying? You guys, its called 'Hard' work for a reason. It is not easy, it is hard.  It is uncomfortable. It is frustrating. It is annoying. It can be depressing and it can be painful.

It can also be liberating and gratifying. It will make your toes tingle and your eyes sparkle. It will make you hold your head up high, it will make you ooze sparkly bits. You will have persevered and you will have conquered your doubts. You accept all that is 'imperfect', and you make space for all the things that truly matter. Love. Truth. Kindness. Love(1). And i do not mean doing extra planks or wheel poses. Some days simply showing up is hard work but I promise you, it's worth it. You are worth it(2).


(1)I think Love deserves to go twice
(2)I realize I sound like a L'Oreal ad, but I'm going to stick with it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday Mantra 3

The little things you do today will lead you to the big things you are meant to do someday.

Life may seem to be made of big problems but learn to rejoice the little accomplishments and you will celebrate big victories.

What have you noticed today? Did you notice your lower back did not hurt as much in a forward bend? Did you notice you can now touch your toes? Did you notice that deep sigh in down dog? Did you notice how dancer's pose just got a little bit easier? It is easy to give up, to get discouraged, to think "I will never do that", but you learned to walk before you ran and so give yourself the same patience and credit you would to someone you deeply love. Like you would your child. You are worthy of that kind of love. 

This post is especially for all my beginner yogis. (Buddy and RPP, I’m looking at you :) I noticed that smile when you touched your toes, and I heard your sigh of content in child's pose, I heard that "OMG!" in your spinal twist, I saw you shake in plank and I rejoice that you held it for one more breath today. I appreciate how you tell me you 'hate that pose' but you do it anyway, how you modified a pose to nurture your body, how you make the choice to turn up on that mat and practice yoga every time. I appreciate that you trusted me to guide you to your small victories. May your victories be abundant. 


Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Mantra 2

                                             Image of an elephant painting at The National Elephant Institute in Thailand.

A man was passing some elephants in a zoo, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not.
The man saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. "Well," he said, "When they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it's enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free." The man was amazed.  These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn't, they were stuck right where they were. 
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?


You can see a video of an elephant painting here:

I did not write this story but it makes one think. How much have we missed out on simply because we never knew we could? What could we have become? What amazing adventure would we be on right now? There is only one way to know and make up for lost opportunities. Start right now. And I hope you realize that there are no lost opportunities. All opportunities, pursued or ignored have brought you to this moment and this opportunity. Go on. Do It Now.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday Mantra 1

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
-- Anais Nin --

This is one of the very first quotes I posted online and it still is one of my favorite quotes.  We are so used to thinking of our life as a series of rock bottom episodes. But I want you to think. When was the last time you truly hit rock bottom? Do you remember that helpless hapless hopeless feeling when you felt the pain would surely take you this time?
Now, think about how you felt the next day, the day after that. Think about how you felt a week later, a month, maybe it has been many many years since you felt that same pain. Look. You made it. You are here, that pain may be subdued and you are forever changed but you are here. The climax has come and gone, the pot has overflowed, the waves have crashed and the bud has finally blossomed. You have finally blossomed.

That pain has broken you free. It let the light come through and now you shine. Look at you. You my friend, are Awesome.