Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you ~ Lao Tzu
Swim against the tide of our culture which every day tries to tell us we’re lacking and not good enough.
Practise the yoga principle of Santosha – the art of contentment.
Be grateful for who you are and what you have NOW.
Breathe and revel in this moment, for in this moment all is well.
And know that you have all the strength and courage and love and wisdom inside you that you need to realize your dreams.
You ARE enough.
“I have known a great many troubles in my life – but most of them never happened” ~ Mark Twain
I love these words! They are SO true.
How many of our troubles are mind-made?!
The mind loves to worry, to fret, to prepare for the worst, to catastrophize, to dramatize – it’s all part of the body-mind’s deep-seated survival instinct.
But we don’t have to be at the mercy of our worries. We can learn to choose whether the troubles need our attention or are mind-made.
With mindfulness we learn discernment – the ability to judge well.
So practise checking in with your thoughts daily and ask “Is this real? Or is it my fearful mind trying to trick me?”
And if it’s your fears talking, smile gently to yourself and tell your mind “Thank you, I know you’re just trying to look out for me, but I don’t need to listen to this today”.
And breathe. Let it go or let it be.
“There is nothing stronger in the world than tenderness” ~ Han Suyin
Tenderness, sensitivity, kindliness, gentleness. It’s not particularly prized by our society. It’s seen as weak.
But I believe allowing yourself to feel – to be kind, gentle and sensitive – is *incredibly* strong.
Being tender is about letting the feelings in and letting them be known to you and sitting with them or letting them through.
The yoga path: often challenging but always rewarding
So, I’ve been rather confused about yoga and my place in the world as a yoga teacher of late.
Increasingly, yoga seems to be about challenging poses, contortions, arm balances, headstands and pushing through your fears – at least that’s how it’s represented and how many teachers teach it.
But to me, practising yoga has always been about “stilling the thought waves of the mind” (as Patanjali, the sage behind the ancient
Yoga Sutras states). A practice of becoming aware and alive to the subtleties of my body, emotions and mind and to connect to my inner self and inner peace. Read more…