If you didn’t mean it, why did you say it?
In yoga, we refer to your word as a “seed” or “bija.”
Once you’ve planted that seed it will grow. What you said is out there forever and it can never be taken back.
When you’re about to blurt something out that you know you shouldn’t…Inhale, hold, exhale fully and hold. Your breathing practices aren’t solely for yoga class. Your rate of breathing and state of mind are inseparable. Calm your breath to calm your mind and life.
What you say lives forever. Speak only words of kindness.
How peaceful does it feel inside your heart, and inside your own mind?
It’s not always pretty in there- this is why we fill our lives with noise and distractions.
Yoga and meditation is an inward journey. It brings us home to our true selves.
It is a full body prayer for peace inside. If you can create peace within you, it will radiate out into your life.
It’s an inside job.
While you’re rushing around buying gifts, your friends and family are hungry for your presence.
Self-inquiry is a key part of any yoga practice. Stop and think about what is important to you.
If the people in your life are important to you then be fully present for them. Give them your time and give them your attention.
Allow them to be fully seen, heard, and loved by you.
Choose to do things differently.
I’m a big fan of taxi drivers.They have interesting stories to share about their city and its people, and great political insights into their countries of origin. Their work also turns them into good judges of character.
Today’s taxi ride helped my clarify my mission.
I’ve just left the Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco. My weekend was full of inspiring workshops and teachers.
From time to time, I’d ask myself, “As a teacher, what is it I really want to share with people?”
Thinking is such an enormous waste of time. I know that what is important will always come to me.
It came to me this morning from Mer, my new taxi driver friend.
Mer….So,Gloria, do you work?
Me…Yes Mer, I teach yoga.
Mer… Oh, you are a teacher. That is good because you smile a lot and have a lot of joy. That way people can learn from you.
My English teacher scared me. I could not learn from him because he made me scared.
So, there it is. I always believed that what I really want to share is JOY. And Mer, my messenger for the day, just gave me the thumbs up.
Nature fully supports you on your journey. Stay connected to what is going on. The shorter, darker days are an invitation to go inward and assess what kind of internal environment your external actions have created. Have you created peace for yourself? Are you living with grace?
If everything still feels like an interminable struggle, I encourage you to stop blaming and start owning your part in your story.
If you want to be happy, it really is up to you.
If you want peace, again it’s up to you.
It’s your body, it’s your mind, it’s your journey, it’s your life.
Try to love it all!
The Internal Technology of Happiness presented by Max Strom gave me lots to think about.
I won’t give away all ten “life illuminating” questions he asked us to consider this weekend but here is one for you:
How do you define happiness?
-avoid one word answers
Write your answer down, and put it somewhere you will see it every day. Update your definition as often as necessary.
What stuck with me…Max advised us to “never let your definition of happiness be vague again.” And, he advised us to share our definition with others.
Here is a peak at the cover of his new book. We have lots to learn from this great teacher
Let go of your need to control everything and everyone around you.
It’s exhausting for you and it’s exhausting for the people in your life.
What is meant to happen, is what is going to happen.
Slow down your rate of breathing to regain control of your emotions and release the drama you are creating in your mind.
Remember, the exhale is freedom.
You know that thing you were going to get started on tomorrow…it’s now tomorrow!
Every time you let yourself down, you train yourself that you don’t matter.
When is your life going to start being important to you?
If you allow yourself to live your best, most fulfilling life, you give permission to others to do the same.
The time is now.
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark-Swami Vivekananda