Happy Monday to you all. We hope you've had a good couple of weeks. Sorry for our brief absence, we have been a bit busy with travel and moving and other work obligations, but we're back with you all today, hooray!
For today's #MindfulnessMonday post we want to talk to you about the word, "no". One of my (Erinn) yoga teachers taught me that no is a complete sentence. Whether you are saying no to something or someone personally or professionally, no is and should be enough. However, don't you find that too often we feel the need to justify our "no"? That for some reason declining an invitation, an opportunity or even a piece of food seems to require a whole backstory as to why?
And, why is that? When we say, "yes!" nobody seems to need a whole explanation why. And yet, no can be problematic. Well, we are here to tell you that is ok, and more than that, it is important to embrace and own your no. To set boundaries and limits in relationships and even with yourself. We are all about seizing the day and making the most of every opportunity and taking on life with a positive attitude. But, even that has its limits. You cannot be everything to everyone all of the time. You cannot like everything all of the time. You simply cannot say yes all of the time. And that is okay. In fact, it is more than okay, it is necessary and it is not something that you should ever feel bad about. As long as you are respecting yourself and others, you are always allowed to say no.
We are going to take stock of our boundaries this week. We encourage you to do the same - and if you don't want to, no problem!
No is a complete sentence.
Have a wonderful week. Namaste.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.