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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It’s a Wonderful Feeling

It's a Wonderful Feeling

This photo just says it all. You need an escape, somewhere you can go to be alone and figure everything out. Your mind is so powerful and endless. It’s capable of anything — so amazing to ponder about. If you’ve never tried meditating before, I highly suggest it. I personally guarantee your mood will improve or your mind will be less crowded.

No harm in trying. 🙂

Today, I am Grateful for…

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There’s one especially easy way to improve your life optimistically that only takes about five minutes per day. Besides meditation, this new technique has helped improved my life in about week. But like anything else, you need to be serious about it and commit otherwise you may not see the results.

The one new technique that can help improve your life is to start a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is a journal used to write down everything you are grateful for that day. You can use any type of journal. Just keep it next to your bed and right before you go to sleep, spend five minutes coming up with at least three things you are grateful for that day. They don’t have to be big events. It could be as simple as:

“I’m grateful for working today — not everybody is able to find a job”

So basically, your journal should be set up kind of like this:

Today, I am grateful for:                                                                         (Date)

1)

2)

3)

When you’re having a bad day and feeling down in the dumps, you can refer back to your gratitude journal. This might improve your mood and remind you that you have a great life. Using the method of a gratitude journal plus meditation, you’re on your way to improving your happiness that can last for longer than a short while. The best way to go about these methods is to meditate in the morning when you first wake up and write in your gratitude journal at night before you go to sleep.

Try these techniques for at least a week and watch how your life improves. It’s really the best way to start your day off great and end it with a smile.

Be Mindful

We all have our own mantra that we use everyday, whether we realize it or not. The majority of mantras that are used are “I’m very stressed”, “I’m so tired”, “I’m not happy today”, “I don’t have enough time”, etc. Repeating these negative mantras — like any type of mantra — will stick with you the entire day. So why have a mantra that says “I’m stressed” when you can make your day better by repeating something like “I am enough”? Mantras are a single word, phrase or even a sound that you repeat during a meditation or even throughout the day. There are many uplifting mantras that we need to repeat in order to wash away the bad ones that make us feel like we aren’t enough.

Here are a few mantras we should be repeating:

  • Today I am enough
  • Today I am loved
  • Today I have the time
  • Today I have the patience

Try sitting and meditating for at least five minutes — the way I explained it in one of my previous posts — and repeat a mantra silently or out loud. Once you have finished meditating, from time to time you should be repeating that mantra in your head for the rest of the day. Every day you should be choosing a new positive mantra and doing the same thing. If you find yourself still saying things like “I don’t have time”, learn from that and replace it with something positive, such as “I will find the time”.

Finding the time is one of the top concerns among people. There are 24 hours in a day and every single person on this planet has the same number hours in the day as you do. Maybe you need to use time management better if you find yourself saying you don’t have enough time. If others can get it all done, then so can you. There are people with jobs, families, paperwork, making dinner, cleaning up, and STILL have some time to relax before bedtime. It’s plain and simple though — if you don’t feel like you have enough time in the day, then something needs to change and you need to work with it. Wake up, meditate for twenty minutes, and then you’ll start to feel better about your day and you will get more done and STILL have time.

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