Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Great quote I just ran into today:
“Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go.” ~Unknown
The article didn't have anything to do with health, weight control, etc. However, it reminded me of so many blogs and posts I have read and written. We seem so ready to beat ourselves up instead of unclenching our fists, opening our hands and patting ourselves on the back.
My goal for the rest of this month is to mentally and emotionally pat myself on the back at least three times each day for something I have accomplished or something I haven't done that would have been disastrous or maybe just a step in the wrong direction.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I recently read a wonderful article on line www.yogajournal.com/wisdom/2112 titled me talk pretty. The article in full fascinated me, but the three questions in the title of this blog really stood out.
Whenever I think I have something I need to say, I plan to mentally ask myself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? and then decide if I need to say it.
I wonder what would happen if politicians, teachers, students, business people, diplomats, if everyone asked those questions before they spoke?
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Went to a workshop yesterday titled:From Child Posture to Corpse Pose
Your Practice as a Metaphor for Embracing Change, Encountering Challenge, and Learning to Live Your Best Life
The teacher used the metaphor of child's pose as birth, the poses in between as the process of developing boides that can walk and be healthy and strong and then corpse pose as the end of life... or the death of practice on the mat. However, he than took these ansanas and used them to demonstrate how we face challenges of fear, compassion for ourselves, ambition, trust and limitations. He made the excellent point that what we do on the yoga mat is a reflections of how we meet those same challenges in our daily life and that what we learn on the mat we can take into our life.
I love yoga because, to me, is so much more than a physical activity that makes me feel good. It challenges and rewards me every time I come to my mat.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
This is part of a bulletin I get on line called Wise Brain.
So here are some steps for calling up self-compassion, which you could blend
together as self-compassion becomes easier for you:
Take a few minutes to acknowledge your difficulties, your challenges and suffering.
Bring to mind the feeling of being with someone who cares about you.
Perhaps a dear friend, a family member, a spirit, God . . . even a pet. Let yourself
feel that you matter to this being, who wants you to feel good and do well in life.
Bring to mind your difficulties and imagine that this being who cares about you is feeling and expressing compassion for you. Imagine his or her facial expression, gestures, stance, and attitude toward you. Let yourself receive this compassion, taking in its warmth, concern and goodwill. Open to feeling more understood and nurtured, more peaceful and settled. The experience of receiving caring primes circuits in your brain to give it.
Imagine someone you naturally feel compassion for: perhaps a child or a family member. Imagine how you would feel toward that person if he or she was dealing with whatever is hard for you. Let feelings of compassion fill your mind and body. Extend them toward that person, perhaps visualized as a kind of light radiating from you (maybe from your heart). Notice what it’s like to be compassionate.
Now, extend this same sort of compassion to yourself. Perhaps accompanying it with words like these, heard softly in the back of your mind: May this pain pass...may things improve for me... may I feel less upset over time. Have some warmth for yourself, some acknowledgment of your own difficulties and pain, some wish for things to get better. Feel that this compassion is sinking in to you, becoming a part of you, soothing and strengthening you.
Monday, March 05, 2012
We just returned from 3 weeks in Panama, where the sun shone everyday and the weather was lovely. Now, I realize spending 3 weeks in Feb. in a warm climate with a sister I love dearly may have made some of the difference as well.... however, tonight at yoga, my teacher said I looked so serene, calm and peaceful she could hardly believe it was me.
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