How are you all? We hope you're well and that your week is off to a fabulous start. But, we know that it's possible that it isn't. We can say over here that some of us have been feeling a bit drained. So, today for our #MindfulnessMonday we thought we would talk to you about energy.
Often when we think of energy, we think of big tasks that require a lot of focus or a lot of action and heavy lifting. But sometimes, the biggest energy drains can come from events, people or jobs that don't serve you or fill you up and thus take every ounce of your energy just to complete. And when we drain our energy on these negative instances we have less left for the more enjoyable and nourishing parts of our lives, which can lead to a lot of unhappiness.
In order to try to avoid this unhappiness it's important to take stock of where we are directing our energy and what parts of our lives do we feel are needlessly draining our energy. Maybe it's a friendship that has become very one-sided. Maybe it's a work environment that has become toxic. Or, maybe it's a diet that has come to consume our whole life. Whatever it is, the first step is to become aware and then to try to take action. We know we cannot just quit our jobs or end friendships, but we can work on how we relate to them. We can engage in calming practices that allow us to engage with these instances without letting them overcome us. And maybe in some situations, we will need to walk away. But before you do that, ask yourself questions like, "Is this my dream job?", "Will I miss this person if they are no longer in my life?", "Is this making me continuously unhappy?" If the answers keep coming up yes, then maybe it is time to make a change.
We only have so much energy to give, so let's be mindful of where we spend it. We know that this is not something that can happen over night, but by taking the first step to acknowledge which situations are energetically fueling versus taxing, we can begin to feel invigorated, rather than drained.
Have a great week everyone,
Happy Monday! We hope your week last week was great. Did any of you try to practice non-attachment to the results of your actions last week? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts and feelings. We did try to be very mindful of this throughout the week, and we have to say it had a bit of a calming affect. Acting with our best effort and intentions, letting that be the goal and detaching ourselves from the results was really liberating. We are definitely going to try to continue to practice this in our everyday lives.
Today, we want to share with you another piece of wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita. This excerpt reads, "Wherever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse in its search for satisfaction without, lead it within; train it to rest in the Self".
This is something we hear a lot in yoga right? "Look inward". There are a lot of ways to think of this idea. We like to think of this concept as understanding that everything in life is a choice. We can choose to look at someone else and be jealous of their "cool" job. We can choose to be miserable because they were sold out of the shoes we wanted. We can choose to get angry with our partner for not making us feel more special. In all those situations though, we are looking outward for things to make us feel happy and fulfilled. What this quote is telling us is to remember to turn your attention inward, to find joy and peace within yourself.
Now, we know this is not an easy feat. But, there are some things we can do, if we are conscious of it. For example, we really wanted this cool pair of sneakers, but they're sold out everywhere in our size. Sure, we could sulk and whine or we can acknowledge that perhaps it just was not meant to be, and we can save our money for another, even cooler pair. Or, let's say we're mad because our partner didn't make any "special" plans for our birthday. We could feel down and be pissy, or we could decide to have a great day just enjoying each other's company. It's a choice. We can choose to feel a certain way about any and all situation.
Let the power reside within you, within your Self this week. If you want to hear more about this topic, check out this video.
How are you? We hope you are all very well and that you have been enjoying the summer. Here in the North East it has really been feeling like summer and we could not be happier!
For today's #MindfulnessMonday (and a few to follow) we would like to share with you some wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita. One point that we always seem to come back to from this text is this quote about attachment, or rather unattachment. The quote reads, "Actions do not cling to me because I'm not attached to their results. Those who understand this and practice it live in freedom."
How often do you refrain from doing something in fear of what people might think? Or, say? Or, feel? Or, because you're afraid you might fail? Or, might not achieve the result you were planning on? If you are anything like us, the answer is probably often. Too often, we don't apply for that promotion because we are afraid we might not get it. Or, we don't post that article online because we think people might judge us for it. Or, we don't go for that backbend progression on our mat because we think we will fall out of it. We end up shackled to the results of our actions, which ultimately leads to inaction, or anxiety over every move we make. None of those scenarios are positive.
This week we are challenging ourselves (and you) to attempt to free ourselves from the attachment to the results of our actions. Our mission is to be mindful of our choices and act in a way that is truthful to ourselves, all the while knowing that both success and failure are potential outcomes of our activities. The challenge is to know that as true, but not to cling to it. To do our best and let that be enough, regardless of the outcome.
We hope you have a great week.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.