Happy Monday! We hope you are all doing well despite all the turmoil that has been going on in the U.S. and around the world. Inspired by the conversations around discrimination and equality, for today's #MindfulnessMonday topic, we want to talk about the meaning of Namaste.
Namaste is translated or interpreted in several ways. Examples include, "the light in me honors, the light in you", "the G-d in me, bows to the G-d in you", "the divine in me, honors the divine in you". As you can see, these are all variations of the same thing. When we say Namaste as a greeting or to close a yoga practice, we are essentially saying, I see you and I respect you. I honor your presence and your gifts. I know that the light that lives in me, also lives in you. We are one and we are reciprocal beings of this universe.
There has been a lot of conflict lately and a lot of talk about boundaries and barriers and borders and lines between us keeping us apart. Keeping us separate. Keeping us different. Today and every day we want to say to all of you, Namaste. With love, gratitude and honor,
Happy Monday! We hope you had an amazing weekend.
Okay, raise your hand if you're a planner? My hand is up, up, up! I try to plan everything from my workouts and my meals to all my life events in the next 6 months of my life! Well, I try to anyway. Planning is not a bad thing. It helps us be focused and move towards that which we want out of life. However, there are so many things in this life that we just cannot plan, and often if we even try to, we will likely end up disappointed. So, for today's #MindfulnessMonday we want to talk about plans and being adaptable.
Can we all agree that the one constant in life is change? From the weather to the corner coffee shop, things are always changing. That's how we survive. And yet, so many of us are so scared of change. We don't like it because sometimes it messes with our oh-so carefully laid plans. But, that is when we have to take a step back and think, well maybe that plan wasn't what was meant to be.
Getting fired from a job is never a great thing. It sucks. And in the moment, it can be almost impossible to see a positive side. We think the universe is working against us in those moments. Until 6 months later (and ya, it took 6 months) we are at a new job that we love, doing something that makes us way happier. But, if we had not gotten fired, we may still be in that same job that wasn't really right for us to begin with.
That is one example. And there are hundreds, no thousands of things in our lives that we just can't plan, so sometimes we just have to make our choices and let it play out. There is that old quote that goes something like, "people plan and the universe laughs". As much as we would like to, we do not know our destiny. All we can do is take a path and see where it leads. And if that path isn't working, we can switch direction. And we can do this again and again and again. Sure, it's scary, but it's the only way we will get where we want to be.
So from one planner to another, I encourage you to let go a little this week. Make your choices that feel right to you and then let the universe do its work. Let go a little. Breathe. Trust your instincts.
Have a great week.
Happy 2017! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and are feeling ready to take on the new year.
A very popular thing to do at this time of year is make resolutions and at Mindfulness Matters we are no different. We like to set intentions and break our year down in to smaller chunks of time to make measurable goals that we actually see ourselves fulfilling. This year, we decided to focus on gratitude. If you have been following on Instagram (@mindfulnessmatters), you've seen that Samara has embarked on a 31 Day Gratitude Challenge where she posts daily the things she is grateful for. They vary from big life things to little day to day things that make her life great. Too often we get caught up in what we lack that we forget to remember all that we do have.
So, if you want to make a resolution this new year, go for it! Let it come from a positive and constructive place. Join us in embracing an attitude of gratitude. Sure, not everything is awesome all of the time, but we can consciously put practices in place that help lift us up. when we encounter bumps along the road.
We would love for you to join Samara on Instagram with this challenge - you can comment on what you are grateful for below her pictures and qualify to win a special gift.
Here are some other ways we like to practice gratitude:
1. Keep a "happy thoughts" journal on your nightstand and at the end of each day write at least one thing that made you happy that day.
2. Walk around your apartments or your bedroom and say out loud all the things that you are grateful for in that space.
3. Keep a note in your phone of all the lucky moments you have had, so you don't forget.
Do you have any gratitude practices you do? We'd love to hear them!
Have a wonderful week.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.