Happy Minfulness Monday. How was your weekend? We hope it was great. Our Mindfulness Monday today is inspired by an Anais Nin quote that we seem to continually come back to, which states, "we don't see things as they are, we see things as we are". Read the words again. Pretty true, right?
In every single situation in our lives from minute to major, we are shaped by our own perception, our own lens, and so we perceive the world as we are, and not necessarily how it objectively is. We attribute judgement and value to items and events based on our ideals. We react to people and places based on our own individual experiences. We internalize situations based on our own thoughts about what others might be thinking.
Take a yoga class for example. Let's say, on this particular day, you are struggling to keep up with the asana. You might be tired, you might be dehydrated, you might be sore etc. So, you choose Child's Pose instead of the rest of the standing series. And as you are catching your breath in Child's Pose you are thinking, "my teacher must think I am lazy. She thinks I don't have the stamina or even the mental strength to keep up with her class. She thinks I should stick to beginner. Ugh this sucks". While your teacher is likely thinking, "take all the time you need. Honour your body and your mind. Find your breath and connect to your practice as it serves you best".
The world can be a tough place, but often our inner dialogue is even tougher than what is out there. It is important to try to clear our minds as much as possible and believe the good and the rational in most situations. By doing so, you will give off a more positive vibe, which will attract the same in others.
It's been said over and over again, but we truly have the ability to shape our worlds. Look for the positive and you will find it. Look for the negative and you will surely find it too. Practice optimism. Practice generosity. Practice kindness. Practice believing in the world as you want it to be, and in time, you will see it as such.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.