Still, though

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In the yoga classes I teach, I often talk about how stillness is an illusion. Even when you think you’re “holding a pose,” you’re still breathing, and blinking, and engaging in a thousand other tiny micro-movements of which you may not even be aware. Within you, your blood is circulating and your metabolism is transforming energy. You’re always “in progress,” evolving with every single breath you take.

So, if we equate being calm with being still, we’re doomed to fail. Or, to be stressed anyway.

In truth, it’s not about stillness. It’s about cultivating the focus to really see the movement.

The world is not going to stop spinning, and you’re not going to stop spinning with it. The calm you’re seeking isn’t out there, though. It’s in you. Can you see it?


That’s just silly

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Facts: Mondays can be rough. When things are hard, it’s tempting to vent to those around you to alleviate the yucky feelings from off your chest. In the moment, it feels like we’re handing them away to someone else. What we’re really doing is multiplying them — spreading them without reduction. Feeding negativity.

Venting feels good because it’s an effort at bonding, and it’s raw honesty. You don’t need to go low to get those things, though.

Today’s April Fool’s Day – a day built for lightness and laughter. For being silly, and letting your inner child run loose.

If you notice your Monday vibe isn’t quite what it could be on this day when jokes rule, mindfully shift. Lighten up. Since energy is contagious, consider spreading something more infectious than anything that weighs you down. 

Laughter. It’s the best medicine, capable of curing all mood-induced ills. Spread it far and wide, and let the epidemic rule the day.

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Where is the line for you?

The one between being busy, and being overwhelmed? Between doing just the right amount of everything that makes you feel fulfilled, and doing so much that the “fill” becomes too full?

How do you know when you’re spreading yourself too thin?

Easy…sort of.

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