Happy #MindfulnessMonday to you all! Today we want to bring attention to something that we know so many people struggle with, us totally included, and that is- the numbers game. In our lives, we let ourselves get caught up with and perhaps even stressed or sad about numbers, most notably those of age, weight, size and salary. And indeed, these are all significant numbers in our lives, but we cannot let them define us, or worse upset us.
Today we want to encourage you to think about how you feel. Do you feel joy? Do you feel youthful? Do you feel excited about life? Do you play? Do you feel mature? Do you feel settled? There is no right or wrong answer here, but it is important to acknowledge how you feel about yourself and your place in this world, rather than what you think you are supposed to feel or be at a certain age.
And same goes for weight. How do you feel in your clothes? How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Are you energized? Are you active? Are you healthy? Can your body take you places and help you do extraordinary things? Embrace your body for all it can do for you and all the positive attributes it possesses, and do not stress about a number on a scale or a tag. Easier said than done, true, so if you really do feel like it is important for you to be a certain number, then there are healthy ways to get there. But don't let that journey become one of torment and self-loathing. Work from a place of positivity and the road will be much more enjoyable and better for you all around.
And as for salary, we need those numbers to survive, but again, we cannot let it define us. Comparison is the root of much disappointment and we all have different goals and dreams for our lives. It may sound cliche, but if you work hard and commit to your professional goals, the numbers will come.
All in all, we want you to remember and be mindful that they really are just numbers. Look for your joy and light from within and then all the external rewards will be a bonus!
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.