Day # 12 Reverence

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A Commitment to anything is not always easy. 

Commitment demands you exercise self-control.

It forces you to stretch outside your comfort zone, and compels you to relinquish old habits. 

It plants seeds of awareness. and sheds light on the areas of your life that are ready to grow.

Before I made a commitment to my 30-Day Challenge, I was filling in all the dead spaces with wishes and desires for change. Yet, wishes and desires didn’t create change, commitment to action did.  Action gives birth to transcendence.

Don’t take for granted the devotion you have given to your call to action.

You are where you are today because of a promise you made to yourself.

Give affectionate reverence to the one person who is showing up…YOU!

 

Day # 10 It’s OK to Fall Out.

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The beauty of falling out of a posture is you get to work on letting go of your pride.  When I have fallen out; I knocked over my neighbor who was beautifully poised in her posture,  I have done a backward summersault into the wall when trying to get into a yogi squat, and I almost took my instructor down with me while he was supporting me in a balancing posture.  Falling out may not look pretty and you may feel awkward, but when you go down, go down with the same amount of pride as you do when you successfully master a pose.  Have fun, laugh and enjoy your practice because this is what will bring you back to the mat. Not an emotional flogging.

 

 

Day#2 I have to give up something?

33655D2C-B4DB-41E9-A354-4E2DAC563C6CI woke up this morning thinking of the New Resolution I set in motion, and realized my day was full.  Then I told myself, “something’s got to give.”

After meditation, I usually begin my work day by checking messages.  IPhone has this lovely new feature that sends you a message daily letting you know how much screen time you have used. Since I did not delete any extraneous messages, such as this one, from the day before, it graciously shared with me yet again, the time I devoted to starring at my screen.

Needless to say, I found the hour I will need everyday to commit to my resolution.

Change always requires a “letting go” of something that no longer serves you in order to make room for the very thing you want in your life that will be of significant value.

 

If you are just now tuning in, you can go back to read my post on Dec. 31st.  (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.

 

 

Practicing Non-Attachment

 

 

 

Two months ago, I asked a Buddhist nun, why she shaved her head.  She said it helps us to let go of attachment.

For last two months, I have thought about this practice.  It was not easy to make this decision to shave my head.  Although, I knew it would be a great learning experience toward the practice of letting go of attachment.

Having an attachment to your life creates unnecessary suffering.

We have an attachment to the food we eat, the love we share, the gifts we give, the conversations we have with others, the day we wake up to, the children we raise and the kind of car we drive. We have an attachment to whether we live or die, the sun shines, the wind blows, our child gets a part in the school play, how our hair looks and who’s on first and what’s on second.

You can set an intention and you can have a dream. The key is not to be attached.

Life often shows up differently than we envisioned or planned.  A practice of letting go of our grip on the reins of our life,  and let life unfold as it will, enables us to live without limiting the love we have to share