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August 2015

Good Morning Guru

I started the “Good Morning Guru” page as a way to give ourselves a few minutes in the morning to tap into a mindful moment before the day gets started. It is meant to give light to what we have within us.

As many of you now know, over the weekend renowned author and teacher Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away. If I tried to honor him with my words they would be inadequate so instead I leave you with this morning’s “Good Morning Guru” moment.

 

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” -Dr. Wayne Dyer

Enough

What if everything you had right now at this very moment is enough? Forget your material wants, forget the fear of not getting those material things, right now you have enough. Maybe the freedom actually is in not getting those things. If you can’t get to that place of gratitude or realness right now, that’s okay, just pray to be shown it, release any guilt and let it go.

Take today to stop trying for something more. Just be in your life,right now, this moment, you have enough. Nothing else needs to be met for you to survive. You have enough. You are enough.

 

 

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Stay on Your Mat

You may have noticed that I have been light (ahem, zilch) with posts for the past few weeks. With an effort to not sound like I am slinging excuses in your face I’ll just say my computer was taking a vacation at the Mac store where it hung out with a lot of other broken hearted, not being worked on Macs, and got pretty comfortable lounging in the “waiting to be looked at” suite.

In any case my change in routine was totally thrown off and that led to two weeks of no posting and a downward spiral of self doubt and insecurities. It’s important to note that I talk a lot on this space about my doubts and insecurities but I will also be the first to tell you that I view myself as a very confident person. The reality is, no matter how confident, successful or fearless a person is, we all encounter those unflattering moments of self sabotage and questioning.

What we do after those moments is where the lesson lies, which brings me to my yoga mat. Yesterday I stepped onto my mat ready to practice. I logged into my yogaglo account and decided to take an online class from my teacher whom I adore. My mind was there. My body, however, was not. I was feeling heavy and uncoordinated. Every time I transitioned from downward facing dog to cobra it felt like I was wearing a backpack filled with 1,000 (really) heavy, not-so-ripe avocados. Sometimes that is the point in your practice when you listen to your body and give it stillness instead but this time I felt I just had to keep moving, I had to stay the course and learn my mat lessons for the day. An hour and a few clumsy bakasana attempts later I found myself in the cool down portion of the class feeling lighter, happier, and a little wiser.

The elementary moral of the story is simple, stick with it. Whether it is a project that you started and have left in limbo or your yoga practice for the day, stay the course, you’ll get past the slump and probably end up feeling a lot better in the long run.

The Mundane Day

Despite your best efforts your weekend may not have gone as planned. You didn’t get that soul loving Sunday you were craving. Me either. I wanted to do yoga, go hiking. and read. Instead, I watched three episodes of the Gilmore Girls while I made a mess of my kitchen trying to bake for a work party later that night.

I got home from said party feeling cranky, tired and less than fulfilled. Why am I sharing this? My guess is you’ve felt the same before, maybe even today.

I pride myself on my One Woman Soul Sundays. I am great at them. I love being by myself and doing what I want. Yesterday, however, I just couldn’t get there. I was too wrapped up in tasks I needed to do for other people and apparently that meant making my kitchen look like a rowdy pack of two-year-olds threw a preschool party in it.

After the day was all said and done I got down on myself hard for not relishing my Sunday. For not making it a day filled with rainbows and sunshine and all things uplifting. I spiraled down into a hole of grumpiness and a tad bit of self shaming. All for what? Just because I didn’t take my Sunday by the horns? It’s funny now that I look back on it.

Luckily I quickly came back to earth. I had a mundane day. That is okay. As my favorite quote from “Eat, Pray, Love” goes “sometimes part of living balanced life is losing balance.” We can’t always control our day. We can set out for it to be great and sometimes it just won’t be. A not-so-great day does not mean failure, it just means “life.”

Happy Monday. Let’s start again.

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