Today, similar to the last two weeks, it was really hard waking up because once I am awake, I must face my thoughts, my fears, my challenges and my anxiety of the unknown. Yet, every night before I fall asleep, I contemplate a list of things in my head that I know I should be doing to improve my mindfulness. I have this mental list because I’ve been here before and I’ve managed to get myself out but my demons have a way of tricking me into thinking that hopelessness is the easy way and that fighting is just too much work.
I have successfully climbed over to the other side of hopeless and it feels really good. Conveniently, my demons manage to hide those good feelings from me but my mind tells me today can be better and I believe it. I tell myself, today, you will begin doing those things again because that is what you need to do to keep yourself on the path of peace, the path of happy, the path of content.
Many days, like you, I lose this battle and I give in to the demons that want to keep me miserable, sad, hopeless. But today, I was triumphant. Today I fought through it and under my breath while taking my downward dog, I whispered to myself, “Not today demons, not today”.
There are so many, but let’s start with these. Quotes or reads from my 2015 studies that have influenced me and shown me a light along my path. 🙂 Happy New Year 2016!!
The blog title is my number 1 quote because although very simple, it’s also very deep.
- If you don’t put meaning into your life, the result is, your life will have no meaning. The only way your life will have satisfying moments is if you seek to do things and spend time with those that feed your soul.
- You are the owner of your own karma. There is no surprise here, but also remember that the biggest importance with karma is intention. What was your true intention behind an act. Catching the flu isn’t the result of your karma coming back to get you. It’s simply the result of coming into contact with the flu virus.
- People often meditate hoping that some light will go off and give them the answers they are seeking. You meditate not to get things but to let things go. Meditation is a way to let go of the baggage that we often carry around. It’s a way for us to have 10 minutes of non activity. It gives our brain a rest so that we can refresh and begin again with a free and less heavier mind.
- Often, our first response is to put someone down for doing something we don’t approve or feel is not helpful to the person. To really help someone or make progress in a situation, you must understand someone or something, from the mind of the person and empathize with them.
- Most of our lives, we feel shame and hide from our imperfections, feeling terrified that someone will call us on it and this discovery will be the worst possible thing. The truth is, there is a big freedom that comes from understanding our flaws. Once you understand, you can either embrace or improve them and that fear begins to disappear.
Model is our local Yogi and Dance Teacher, AshleyAnne Brown.
Article was inspired by the teachings of Ajahn Brahm.
When I first heard this statement, I thought, what? and how? Buddhist philosophy teaches you to be compassionate, to have empathy and to live your life in a virtuous, kind way, only wishing and bestowing the best on others. I’m sure at the root of most religions the true lesson is the same. However, Buddhism also teaches us to detach from results and have no expectations. So, if you are like me, this is a very hard lesson to learn. How do you balance caring for someone but not being affected by them when you feel like they have let you down. This has probably been my hardest challenge.
It’s certainly not an easy thing to do. The other day, I was reading a story about a very well known actor who said he suffers from depression. He said his issue is that he has a lot of empathy for others and finds himself immersed unwittingly in their issues and feels overwhelmed by their sadness. How awful 🙁 He said he over analyzes everything and this mentally wares him down. Sound familiar? Similar to my last blog post, the quote I heard a few weeks ago helped me put this whole scenario in a bit of perspective. This is no easy task especially for someone who suffers from clinical depression but every little bit helps. Post this sticky someplace where you can see it!
” Learn to separate the mind from the difficulty that surrounds it” .
This is something I have to practice every day so that I can stay focused and determined. I love how there are hidden answers (or maybe not so hidden) to our concerns and issues all around us, we only need to be present and aware and find that motivation to be better. xo
Above are some images I took this past weekend at St. Augustine beach while my bf was playing in a volleyball tournament. Thanks to my anonymous models 🙂 xo