I'm under the weather and taking a few days to recuperate. Will be back soon!
And not necessarily in the physical sense, though they can go hand in hand. I struggle with flexibility and can be quite rigid with my thinking and actions. As always our strengths can also be our weaknesses. This rigidity makes it quite easy for me to stick with a routine and schedule. It made it easy for me to go and remain vegan and when I make my mind up, it's set. But it also causes me to get caught up in "my way" of doing things, which isn't always the best way, shocking I know. While it helps me work independently, it doesn't help me in being a team player. Recently, I have been working with a team and it's so exciting to have fresh energy, ideas and ways of taking action. When you work alone or in a bubble, ideas can be stagnant or even non-existent. I'm finding this to be an exciting opportunity for me to work on this flexibility. To be open to change, fresh ideas and new activity. And through this I can work to keep the best parts of my rigid self and let go of what hasn't served me for a long time.
You don't have to do it all, but take a moment to do something for yourself. It's okay to take breaks from the busyness of life. Take a nap or a nice slow walk or a hot bath. Write in your journal, read that book you have been meaning to pick up or watch a movie. Nourish and care for yourself. So what if the to do list is longer than you wanted it to be. Take a step back and recharge, it will still be there tomorrow.
Seeing and making people laugh
Offering tools to help people feel better
Living my passion and inspiring others to do the same
Running, yoga, meditation, good food
Talking with people I care about
Walking and cuddling with my pup
Seeing the people I love excited about life
Listening to others
Letting others know I care about them.
Walking and talking with my husband
Beach, water, sand, sun
Listening to stories
Curling up and feeling cozy with my family
Quality time with close friends
Witnessing growth and transformation
Not my favorite time of year and a day that has previously brought a fair amount of anxiety. But today, I feel ready. I'm better organized than previous years (thank you spreadsheets and credit card spending report) and my perspective is different. Hey, it's just like a bandaid, rip it off and take a look at what's beneath. It's my first full tax year of entrepreneurship so there is that uncertainty, but I realize it's an opportunity to learn and plan for the next year. This is my commitment to uncertainty this year. View it as an opportunity to learn, plan and be better. And as always, just breathe.
Taking action when you are feeling inspired and excited is easy. You are fueled by those feelings. Continuing the action when it is difficult, you are tired or sad is challenging, but when you can take action despite of this... you win. Use your breath to master your mind. Dig down, take a breath and take action. I have never regretted taking the action, I always regret putting it off.
This is an excerpt from The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz:
There is an old story from India about the God, Brahma, who was all alone. Nothing existed but Brahma, and he was completely bored. Brahma decided to play a game, but there was no one to play the game with. So he created a beautiful goddess, Maya, just for the purpose of having fun. Once Maya existed and Brahma told her the purpose of her existence, she said, "Okay, let's play the most wonderful game, but you have to do what I tell you to do." Brahma agreed, and following Maya's instructions, he created the whole universe. Brahma created the sun and the stars, the moon and the planets. Then he created life on earth: the animals, the oceans, the atmosphere, everything.
Maya said, "How beautiful is this world of illusion you created. Now I want you to create a kind of animal that is so intelligent and aware that it can appreciate your creation." Finally Brahma created humans, and after he finished the creation, he asked Maya when the game was going to start.
"We will start right now," she said. She took Brahma and cut him into thousands of teeny, tiny pieces. She put a piece inside every human and said, "Now the game begins! I am going to make you forget what you are, and you are going to try to find yourself!" Maya created the Dream, and still, even today, Brahma is trying to remember who he is. Brahma is there inside you, and Maya is stopping you from remembering what you are.
When you awake from the Dream, you become Brahma again, and reclaim your divinity. Then if Brahma inside you says, "Okay, I am awake; what about the rest of me?" you know the trick of Maya, and you can share the truth with others who are going to wake up too. Two people who are sober in the party can have more fun. Three people who are sober is even better. Begin with you. Then others will start to change, until the whole dream, the whole party, is sober.
To keep up my motivation, I try to make things as easy on myself as I can. Establishing a routine works really well for me, I find that it puts me into a flow for the day, and it starts the night before. Before bed, I check my calendar for the next day to see what I have scheduled and what my running plan is. I always prepare my hot water before bed. I boil water and put it in my Hydro Flask. In the morning, it's hot but drinkable, and this practice helps me to hydrate first thing in the morning and throughout the day.
If I know I have an early session with a client or morning group sadhana, I lay out my clothes the night before. After my alarm goes off, I just have to get up and get dressed without putting thought into it. If I'm running that day, I put my running clothes on after my morning practice, then I'm ready to go with minimal procrastination (especially when it's cold!).
While I have some variation, I try to stick to the same routines each morning so I can flow from one thing to the next and be as efficient as possible.
"Success isn't about being the best. It's about always getting better." ~ Rick Godwin
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.