Laugh a Little

Laugh a Little

Because we all need a little humor sometimes…

Happy Friday!!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

I’ve always been a very anxious person. Worrying and stressing about every little thing — wondering if something is going to go wrong and how I would adapt to that. I saw this flowchart about worrying and what you can do about it. It was very informative, to say the very least.

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Of course, reading the chart is simple, but implementing it into your everyday life is very difficult. I’ll admit, I’m still trying to abide by the rules and cut out worrying no matter if I can do anything about it or not. I mean, why do we worry anyway? If there’s nothing in this world we can do about it, there’s no point. We work ourselves up, overthink about anything and everything — analyzing, and nothing is solved but time is wasted. Precious time. But if there is something we can do about it, quit worrying about it and just do it. Nike style.

The point is, cut out the worries and just be.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin

What We Think, We Become

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Our mind is our most valuable tool we’ve got. Without it, we’d literally be nothing. The mind puts us together — it separates us from one another. No two minds are alike in any way. That’s what makes it so spectacular. We can then learn so much from others and expand our own mind. It’s fascinating, really. But when our ego takes over and we don’t know how to tune it out, trouble arises.

The ego is almost impossible to fully define. In basic terms, the ego is an identity of which is false. It’s any opinion we have about our self or what others have expressed about us — and it’s usually never good. The strong, unnecessary emotions we go through — the overreactions, the outbursts of anger — that’s when you know the ego has decided to show up. All of this has to do with self-image, which most likely started when you were younger. Being teased, bullied, or anything negative can lead to a bad self-image. Even when you are overly praised and there too many positive aspects, that’s when you can also develop a bad self-image. That’s called being arrogant and that’s a no-no! When you hit the real word, your life changes. How we are raised and treated when we were younger, we carry all of that as adults. As you keep aging, it becomes more difficult to distinguish between the truth and the ego.

We all have specific ideas in our heads that we think we can or cannot accomplish successfully. And when I say “we all”, I mean everybody. For example, you hear about a 5k marathon coming up in a couple months and it’s on your bucket list. But you’re overweight, not in the least bit of shape, have no motivation to prepare yourself to accomplish this run. These thoughts, if you nail them into your brain, will eventually become true. If you keep telling yourself that you won’t be ready, that you cannot run this marathon, that you’re lazy, that you don’t have the time, then that will become reality. We bog ourselves down so much — telling ourselves that we can’t do something when we haven’t even tried.

I’m tying this into meditation because so many people are skeptical about it and won’t take 10 lousy minutes out of their day to try. 10 minutes out of the 1,440 of the entire day. Of course, meditation is difficult and it takes a lot to find your inner peace. SIDE NOTE: you don’t have a successful meditation every single time, no matter how “good” you are at practicing. But if you practice every day, you will begin to see the benefits start to unravel in your life. Even if you just practice yoga, you can tie in some type of meditation practice at the end — kind of like a “cool down”. Just lay down on your mat, legs spread apart, arms a couple inches away from your sides, palms facing up to let in the positive energy and drain the negative energy, and just take deep breathes for a couple minutes. If any thoughts come to mind, let them, but also let them pass.

Moral of the story, if you think you’re going to fail at something, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. But if you stay positive and are open to anything and everything, watch how your life improves in every single way.

Namaste, friends. 🙂

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Nobody Can Hurt Me Without My Permission

Nobody Can Hurt Me Without My Permission

Inner peace. The location of which you are cool, calm and collected. Of which you have found yourself.

We let people dictate how we feel by their behaviors. Why? It’s not like they should have any say on our emotions. Even if you don’t think it, you’re a beautiful, confident and intelligent person. Basically, everyone is in some way or another. And yet we don’t always find that to be true. We let others come in between us and our inner peace. We fail to realize how harmful that is. Don’t let anyone take away your inner peace. It’s your sanity and your release.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Nobody can hurt me without my permission”.

Meditate Until You Feel Nothing

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One of the greatest feelings of meditation is once you get to that point of relaxation. It’s the point where you’re completely relaxed and your worries and stressors are behind you at the moment.

When I meditated today, I was practicing the Shuni Mudra, which is when your thumb touches your middle finger. There are so many mudras to practice when you meditate and they all mean something different. Anyway, while I was meditating, I was so deep into my meditation that even though my thumb and middle fingers were touching each other, I could not feel them in the least bit. During that state, my breathing became a lot steadier and smoother and I didn’t have to try so hard. I just sat back and enjoyed my meditation. Of course, I don’t always get to this point in my meditation. Some days my mind wanders so much and it’s nearly impossible to block everything out. But the idea is to practice every day because it will get easier and you will be able to keep that moment of peace longer and longer. Especially after practicing yoga, you just feel so much more rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of your day, thinking, “I can conquer anything”.

Do what makes you happy in life. That’s what it always comes down to.