Today for our #MindfulnessMonday post we would like to share a quote from Maya Angelou (we know, how can we pick just one!?) that is really resonating with us lately. The quote goes, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude".
So, this quote is two parts - "If you don't like something, change it". This can be easy and this can be hard, right? If you don't like your outfit, change it. Don't dwell, just change your clothes and move on. If you don't like the colour of your kitchen, change it up! But, for bigger things like your job or your partner or your roommate, there are not such easy fixes.
This is where we get to the second part of the quote, "If you can't change it, change your attitude". Let's say, we are really unhappy in our jobs, but we cannot leave yet for any number of reasons be they personal, financial etc. then we have to change our attitudes. We have to make the decision to go into work everyday and try to be positive and find the things (even if they are so little) that make us grateful to be there. Maybe it's the pay check. Maybe it's the free coffee or maybe it's the sweet man at reception who gives us a smile every morning. Whatever it is, try to focus on the elements that will make the time there bearable. And also, try to embrace the attitude that our jobs are not the definition of our whole lives. They are merely a part of our lives just like doing laundry and taking out the garbage are. So, while we still have to be there, try and detach from all the negative, stressful and difficult thoughts we have about it and approach it with neutrality, if not positivity.
Same goes on the mat. It is most likely that we all do not like every posture (in fact, I'm sure most of us even hate some), but when we're in a group practice and a teacher calls it out, there it is, right in front of us. And sure, we can sit it out. But, we can also try to change our attitude towards it. Instead of saying, "I hate this pose, I am not strong enough for it and it's so hard for me!" why not just try! Or, try a modification. And try to be in it without all the negative thoughts and emotions and judgement. Let's face it, we're never going to change ardha pincha mayurasana (Dolphin pose), but we CAN change our attitudes towards it.
Have a great week everyone, namaste.