Sometimes we put a lot of energy into doing what we think we should do and end up straining ourselves. There are many signs of “shoulding on ourselves” that include feelings of confusion, anger and even physical strain. We can’t do it all and be everything to everyone!Your body always lets you know when you are in the flow and when you are straining to do it all. When was the last time you listened? What is your body saying to you right now?
When we spend time responding to other people’s expectations or at least our perception of what we think other people want, we quickly lose focus of what is right and feels good authentically for us. We fall out of the flow and lose direction.
I haven’t posted to my blog lately, nor put a lot of my energy into social networking because it simply didn’t feel right. And, I just didn’t have the extra energy. What did feel right was to dedicate my energy to my husband and daughter. We were recently reunited after 11 months of being separated due to immigration issues and relied on Skype to keep us connected; now we are thrilled to be together!! I am so happy that I committed all of my energy to being fully present for this special time in my life. It is heaven.
Now that my family is together, I can feel my energy shifting again and the ideas are flowing! I am so excited about what is yet to come but I couldn’t have been in this place if I tried to do it all. Follow your natural flow and your heart. Be authenitic to yourself!
Enjoy! Embrace Your Life!
Kelly MacLellan M.Sc.
“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Embrace Your Life!
Sending out wishes of love and peace to you this International Women’s Day,
At a retreat I co-facilitated this past summer with the Yoga Goddess, a woman shared that “it all sounds so simple!” I thought about this for a long time afterward and thought yes, it is – “Let go of fear by staying with your breath and you will find happiness – Bliss! It is that simple, but it definitely is not easy.
How many times a day do you find your mind wandering to dark places, insignificant thoughts about lists, or daydreaming about people, possibilities etc…? If we could just halt this whirling whizzing of our thoughts, we would realize the goodness that exists right here and now. The gentle feeling of our partner holding our hand, the way the bubbles pop in our soothing bath or how satisfying a piece of bread with our favourite topping tastes. What else is there? If we wait for happiness when the conditions are perfect, we haven’t trained ourselves to recognize it or even celebrate it when we have all we desire. Surrender and let go of these thoughts!
Exercise: Roll out your yoga mat. Find a comfortable position. Put your hand on your heart. Breathe. Feel its pulse. Breathe with it. Reaffirm your love and respect for yourself and using the quote from Charles Haanel slowly repeat until each word resonates: “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, happy. I am exactly where I am meant to be.” Breathe. Smile.
Through a regular practice of yoga and meditation, you will learn to listen instinctually to your breath throughout the day, to calm your mind and be in this moment. Practice, it is that simple!
“Do your practice and all is coming” –Sri K Patthabi Jois
Wishing you peace and love!! Enjoy! Embrace Your Life!