Monday Moment: The other side

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Mondays are hard, especially if you’re among those coming off a long holiday week. So, maybe for you, this quote is more about having the courage to face your Monday for the peace that Friday is, in fact, on the horizon. Or, maybe there’s something bigger for you in this one. Fear of taking a leap that could transport you into something wonderful. Hesitation to branch out, try something new, or even believe that you can do something that only exists in your wildest dreams, for now. Maybe the courage you need to get there is just a few deep, intentional breaths away.


Eyes over here

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I’m a yoga teacher, and I tend to use yoga analogies both in and out of the studio space. One of my faves is to “keep your eyes on your own mat,” which could be more roughly translated to “mind your own business.” Important business it is, though, and it needs your full attention. Your path is only yours, and the choices, opportunities and mistakes of other people aren’t your concern. Even more, they’re certainly not a map for your journey.

Whether through FOMO or just pure inspiration, spending too much time worrying about whether you’re on the “right” track in comparison to someone else takes away from the depth of your own experience, on your path. You know, the one no one else gets to walk. The one that’s exactly, ideally perfect for you, and only you. Don’t miss it; the traffic should be pretty light. ;-)

 


Free to be

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Birthdays are a perfect time for reflection and taking stock. For checking in with where you are, and asking how you got there over the past year, or longer. They also offer the fresh slate of a new year ahead, stretching into the unknown, full of the possibility of good that can be done for you, and by you.

Today’s birthday shout-out goes to a nation, one that is currently working some stuff out about who it wants to be going forward. It’s been around for a few hundred years, and it turns out it had some personality quirks it was holding under wraps for a while that it’s now, in part, expressing through words and actions. We don’t know how it will evolve, and yes, it’s been a difficult transition thus far, to say the least. As humans, however, we know that change is a normal part of existence. One of our greatest freedoms, in fact, is the ability to become whoever and whatever we feel is our most authentic selves throughout the course of our lives, and to allow that definition to shift over time.

It takes courage to express yourself authentically, especially when you think that expression will disrupt others’ perception of you. You have that freedom, though. The freedom to be, and say, and do just as you really are, and to be open to others doing the same. The truth is the ultimate freedom, when we have enough courage to speak it, hear it, and let it ring.

“If it can be destroyed by the truth, then it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” ~ Carl Sagan