Get Clear on what it is YOU Want.
We often do what we think we should, what is safe, what seems logical what is better for everyone else. But can you get real and ask yourself what you really want? When coaching clients around food i compare this to eating chocolate. Sometimes we will eat five other things in order to avoid eating the chocolate before eventually caving and reaching for the sweet morsel. If we were real with ourselves from the start we would have just eaten the chocolate and be done with it! 70%+ dark chocolate and in moderation of course!
Be Really Intentional With Your Time.
In order to avoid having another year go by and mutter to yourself - where did the time go? - break the year down into 4 parts and view it 3 months at a time. When you are setting goals and thinking about what you want to call in, it is way more attainable when we view things in a shorter more measurable timeline.
Figure Out What Makes You Happy and Do It Everyday.
When we are happy, good things happen to us. Period. Happiness doesn't just happen. It is cultivated by doing small things on a daily basis that create our reality. Committing to these acts the same way you would honour any other commitment is vital to sustaining it. Whether it is yoga, writing, painting, skydiving - I don't care. Just do it, and do it often.
Release Your Fears.
We all have those thoughts and worries that we think of constantly. It like a hamster running on a wheel and getting nowhere. You probably don't even remember what life was like without them. Well guess what? Most of the things you are worrying about NEVER happen. These thoughts are taking up valuable real estate in your mind. When you notice yourself getting stuck on this wheel, take out a paper and pen and write them down. Once on the page, they are out of your mind and can free up space for inspiration, creativity and connection. I like to keep a paper and pen on me at all times so I can release my fears as soon as they come up!
Happy Monday! Holiday season is officially upon us. On this #MindfulnessMonday we want to talk about self care at this busy time of year.
This can be such an amazing time where we get to celebrate good times with friends, family and colleagues, go to parties and maybe even go on vacation. It can be awesome, but it can also be overwhelming running around from one party (both professional and personal) to another, trying to get some gift shopping done and maybe even some cooking done, not to mention then trying to think of all our "resolutions" or plans for the new year. Also, this can be a hard time for a lot of people who may have lost loved ones in the past or are struggling with health issues, relationship issues or just general life issues.
So, with that in mind, it is important to remember to care of ourselves during this wonderful/hectic/exciting/stressful time. Now, don't stress and think, "oh man, now I have to add self care to my to-do list" because taking care of yourself can actually be really simple. It can be giving yourself 30 minutes to read a book. It can be buying yourself a nice smelling candle while you're in the store already buying something for someone else. It can be taking the time to meditate or go to a yoga class. Or, even just getting a hot chocolate with extra whip cream. It is simply about doing something for yourself. Making time for yourself to take a minute to breathe and enjoy this time for yourself.
We wish you all a very happy holiday, whichever one you celebrate!
Happy Monday! We hope all of your weekends were full of things that made you happy.
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.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.