Peace & Love

Peace & Love

Every person deserves peace and love. Even the ones hurting — especially the ones who are hiding their hurt from the world. Know that you are so special and mean something incredible.

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Find the True Yogi In You

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We’re all searching for true happiness. Sometimes it’s so difficult to find it. We can’t see past the darkness, but the light will always shine through. Maybe not at the moment you want it to, but when the time is right it will.

I’ve had a four-day weekend (it’s been so bitter cold; -35 degrees with the windchill. Gotta love Chicago weather). Having this much time off is so bittersweet. It’s great to have a nice, long break but it can also get a bit boring and that’s when your mind starts to wander about anything and everything. It’s a terrible thing to be stuck in that state of mind. You never know where your mind is headed. Since my mind is prone to overthinking about every little thing, I decided that I was going to put a stop to the negativity and find the positivity. I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve practiced yoga and also meditation. It’s gotten so far away from me and I’ve just pushed it off. I know it’s benefited me in the past, so I decided to give it another shot. I found a sequence by Kathryn Budig, which I just love. She’s an international yoga instructor and author and she’s simply a prodigy. I highly recommend finding sequences that she’s designed.

I started practicing both my yoga sequence and my meditation both first thing in the morning and in the evening. Practicing twice at these certain times guarantees to put a smile on your face and to rejuvenate you in the morning and to calm you down and relax you in the evening. For the past three days I’ve committed to this schedule and I’ve felt better than I have in a long time. More positive about my current situation — not worrying so much about what can happen, go wrong, or feeling stuck. I feel more elated and relaxed. If this outcome has affected me in only three days, I can only imagine how changed my life will be if I stick to it.

I write this post in hopes that you will try this technique. We’re all searching to be inspired and to elevate our mood. I believe the practice of yoga and meditation will help you achieve greatness in every possible way. Start out small with a short 10 minute yoga sequence and a 10 minute meditation practice and work your way up when you’re feeling ready for the challenge. You’ll feel moved and eager to begin each day.

Good luck, my fellow yogi’s! Namaste.

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Same Love

“We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’. Our culture founded from oppression yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em. Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board. A word rooted in hate yet our genre still ignores it. Gay is synonymous with the lesser. It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion. Gender to skin color. Complexion of your pigment. The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins. Human rights for everybody. There is no difference. Live on! And be yourself!” Macklemore feat. Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”

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I don’t know how many of you watched the Grammy’s tonight, but it was one great award show. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” was just so moving. I know there’s a lot of controversy with gay rights/gay marriage, but I just don’t see the reason for it. We get so worked up about major changes, such as legalizing gay marriage, when it’s not a huge issue to worry about. This post is not to debate about gay marriage. I completely support anyone if it makes them happy. Isn’t that what we’re all searching for in life? Happiness? We let issues bring us down that sometimes don’t even affect us. Let people live the way they want to live. Every single person is struggling with some type of battle and we forget about that most of the time. Love is the movement. Take away your fear and you’ll go far in life. Times change pretty quickly and I understand it’s difficult to adapt, but worrying about yourself is all you really need to do. (Even that’s not the smartest idea) Once you start letting others dictate your mood, you’re opening up the door to negativity and worries. How are you supposed to live a happy life now? Realize that change occurs constantly and realize that you are in control of how you feel. Live your life the way you want to but also let others live the way they want as well. Each and every one of us deserves to be happy.

Let go and move on.

I Am Where I Need To Be

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I’ve always wanted to “start my life”. I’ve felt like I was in some ditch and I couldn’t climb my way out. I wanted to be somewhere in my life that I was nowhere near. There were so many obstacles that held me back at that moment — money being the main reason. I know many, many people feel this same way. Being in your low-mid 20’s and wanting to do what you want to really do is almost impossible for a lot of people. School, not the greatest paying job, and reasons of the like hold you back from what you want to do with your life.

What I’ve lately been realizing is that you can’t wait for your life to start — it started the moment you were born — and you’re going to keep running through this game of life until the moment you die. We can’t just wait for something that we’re really looking forward to. It’s such a waste of a great life. Enjoy the moments in between because that’s what shapes your life — that’s what matters. I’ve started realizing this when there was a spurt of people around me that were passing away. Not even of old age. Life’s incredibly short and I think we take it for granted sometimes. Debatable, but we don’t know what happens after we die. So make the most of it now while you still can. Do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Make more friends. Go out more. Take that class you’ve always been wanting to take — no matter how old you are. It’s never too late while you’re still alive. So just remember that even if you aren’t exactly happy in your current situation, it’s where you need to be and you’ll eventually climb out.

Keep on dreaming, living, and loving.

Gratitude Is My Prayer

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Too many times we live with anger, worry, depression and anxiety and not enough happiness, gratefulness, positivity and calmness. If you think about it, we’re actually very greedy people. That’s how it is with both nature and nurture. We live in a society where we WANT WANT WANT instead of NEED NEED NEED. It’s a bad habit we’ve grown up with but it’s time to learn to be more selfless and giving instead of selfish and wanting. I believe if we do tackle the habit of greed and selfishness, there will be more peace in the world.

We all just go about our day in routine like it’s nothing special. We don’t stop and think about what we’re doing or pay attention to the sensations we’re supposed to feel. Especially if we’re working — wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, relax for some time, sleep, and repeat. It’s draining the life out of us slowly. I’ll admit there are some people out there who do like routine, and even I do to a certain point, but we need to feel alive.

There are specific things we can do to help. Wake up, put that beautiful smile on your face and say, “Today’s going to be a wonderful day!”, meditate and/or do some yoga to rejuvenate yourself, and then go to work. Even before that — while you’re in the shower, feel the warm or hot water hitting your body and think about how it makes you feel. Enjoy those little moments — the texture and how hard the water is massaging your skin. While you’re driving to work, pay attention to how you feel and the world around you. We’re all in a hypnosis when we’re driving to each of our destinations, especially when it becomes a repetitive drive. Take it all in and enjoy it for once. When you’re eating your food, pay attention to the taste of your food. Not only will you enjoy each bite more, you’ll be eating more slowly which can help your metabolism regarding weight loss. Food really does taste wonderful, anyone can agree, so do your mind and body a favor and just appreciate what you’re eating.

These are just a few different ways to help you enjoy your day and to help you get through your day even though you feel like you’re stuck or drained. Really just cherish everything because, I know it’s cliche but, there are so many other people out there who have so much less than you do and would give anything to be in your shoes.

Live in the moment. Laugh every day. Love with all your heart. 🙂

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Find Yourself and Just Be

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Why do we let others control us so much? What they say to us — it’s like we’re looking for their approval. That’s only the case for me when it relates to the closest people in my life. My family, my boyfriend, my close friends. We look for the support expecting to get it, especially from those people. But people have different opinions. They’re not always going to agree with you and that’s okay (at least that’s what I’m in the process of learning). We’re all doing our best. We’re trying to survive in this world and play this game of life. We make choices and sometimes they’re the right ones and it’s great, and other times they’re the wrong ones and that’s okay, too. We live and we learn from our mistakes. Except I wouldn’t call something like that a mistake. It’s a learning process. We’re not perfect, so who’s to judge? That’s completely wonderful if you’ve got a different opinion. Say it and be done with it. But the choice we make, the path we decide to ride down, is ours at the end of the day. I’m grateful for all the support I get in life, but it’s a life lesson when it bothers you if you’re not getting that support. It’s up to you and only you because it’s all about you. So my life lesson I’m in the midst of learning is listen to others’ advice, take it if it suits you and don’t let people drag you down if you truly believe in something.

Find your inner peace and let these stressors go. There’s absolutely no point in letting situations such as these bring you down. Work on yourself and make sure you are making the best decisions for yourself.

Find what makes you happy and follow that.

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