I am a goal oriented person. I create personal and business goals and make lists of the steps I need to take to get there. I have my business plan laid out in a document that incorporates all business aspects, meaning what marketing is required, finance required, time frames and on and on. I chip away at it bit by bit knowing what it is I’m trying to create.
When it comes to our lives, not many people have such plans in mind though. Many of us create work related goals, but no real plan for the rest of our lives! It’s kind of shocking when you consider it. I mean, the rest of our lives is pretty important business!
For me, one of the very first, and very important steps to take is to figure out what I truly value. We’re all different. A good example of how some people differ is to look at varying thoughts around security. Some people are strongly driven by a sense of security while others value adventure and risk much more. The same can be said for many of our personal values. There are several exercises that can be done to uncover what you value most (and the results can be surprising).
You can also consider what impact you want to make, what legacy you want to leave behind. One tool for doing this is to write your own obituary. What would you like people to remember about your life? Are you working toward that?
When you give these items deep thought you may uncover your path in life as well. Once you know your values and your desired legacy determine if you will accomplish that in the life you are currently leading. If not, what needs to change to bring your vision about? Are you willing to do that? If not, you may not have dug deep enough to find what your big motivation is; if you aren’t motivated enough, you didn’t find your passionate path; the one you must take because if you don’t you will feel unfulfilled and regretful. Find it!
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A number of people who practice yoga, especially women, develop pain in the sacroiliac (SI) joints. Some of the pain in women is structural – in women only two segments of the sacrum move with the pelvis while in men 3 do. This leads to less stability in the joint itself. Another structural issue for women is that the joint tends to be more flat as opposed to curved so they simply don’t fit together quite as tightly. Being a little further apart can affect the biomechanics in walking as well as other movement.
In yoga practice there is a great deal of twisting. Twisting is very beneficial in terms of digestion, keeping the spine supple, destressing, detoxing and more. And twisting can help to reduce back pain too. But we need to be twisting correctly. There are some principles that need to be followed when moving into a twist whether it be from a standing position, lying on the back or seated:
I was listening to this meditation and it seemed pretty in line with Earth Day and so I want to share it with you.
I just did my morning meditation in which I was using the phrases in the graphic. This was a guided meditation with Kristin Neff . Sometimes, when we find it difficult to still our minds, guided meditations are a wonderful tool. And there are so many on so many different topics to get to the heart of what you are feeling at any particular time. Today I felt I needed a meditation around self love and compassion. This is a running theme in my life. I demand a lot of myself. Likely more than anyone else. And when I don’t perceive I have met my standard I can beat up on myself. It doesn’t happen often anymore (thankfully!), but it does creep up from time to time. And in those moments now I look to the help of a guided meditation, an affirmation to remind me that I don’t need perfection.
We are all having the experience of being human, and to think that any of us are exempt from feeling the full range of emotions is to deny our very humanness. When we allow the emotions to sweep over us, we are able to let the wave pass. And when we feel fully and allow the emotion to subside on its own, we can let it go without the side effects of burying our emotions.
I hope that you all feel safe, you all feel peaceful, that you are kind to yourself and others and that you accept your life exactly as it is.
Are you open to what is possible for you? At times I feel that I am completely open, other times my dreams and goals feel daunting. I suspect that’s the case for many people. If you are someone that is closed to possibilities, who is unable to see any way through, that’s a completely different scenario however.
When we are unable to see past the obstacles that stand before us, we feel stuck, often stressed and frustrated. We also may feel that our lives are out of our control. An external locus of control, when we blame the external world for what we feel is being done to us, can lead to feelings of depression, powerlessness and more. An internal locus of control, on the other hand leads to a more determined attitude, a feeling that we can make our lives rather than our lives being made for us.
So how does the locus of control tie in with an open or closed mind? When we feel everything is happening to us, that we have no control, we are closed to the possibility that there are ways around our obstacles. We are essentially closed to possibilities. Here are a few tips for getting pas this:
Opening to possibilities that are waiting for you can allow your perspective to change, flow you to find more fulfillment and feel more alive and engaged with life. If that’s not a worthy goal, I don’t know what is!
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