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.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.