"As you embrace the present and become one with it, and merge with it, you will experience a fire, a glow, a sparkle of ecstasy throbbing in every sentient being. As you begin to experience this exultation of spirit in everything that is alive, as you become intimate with it, joy will be born within you, and you will drop the terrible burdens of defensiveness, resentment, and hurtfulness...Then you will become lighthearted, carefree, joyous, and free." ~Deepak Chopra
I'm not just going through the motions. I consciously choose to do the dishes, eat spoonfuls of sunflower seed butter (mmm, my favorite), and guide friends through yoga sequences that get them out of their minds and into their bodies. I've chosen this life to be mine. And because of it, I'm feeling a momentum that I never have before.
This "momentum" or movement forward is exactly what my life needed after coming back from traveling for two and a half months. While abroad, there are constant intentional decisions to make. Where are we going to stay? What are we going to eat? How long of a hike do we want to take? Where can I do my laundry? These choices take you out of moving unintentionally. You consciously decide each of these things. When coming home, it is easy to fall back into the same old patterns that were present before departing. At least it could have been for me. But because I didn't want to live the same way and was looking for a shift...plus Spring is a great time for planting seeds of change...I chose to integrate my life on the road into my life here at home in Seattle.
The shifts that were made are quite minor, but are making a huge impact. I pick up after myself instead of throwing my clothes on the dresser or in piles on the floor, removing clutter from the bedroom. Dirty dishes now find their way into the dishwasher or the drying rack after being washed. There is something to be said about having a clean kitchen to use for the next meal. It is so much easier to motivate myself to cook a well-rounded, healthy meal next time around. Another lesson learned from traveling that I've blended more and more into my daily rituals is spending time in mindfulness. Every Day! This practice is what continues to keep my energy high and my intentions present. Walking meditations. Answering emails intentionally. Having meaningful conversations. Connecting with life and noticing slight changes in the world around me, whether it be in the plants or the loads of construction in my neighborhood. Mindfulness is my jam! It allows me to dance to the beat of my everyday and every moment, rather than being far away in la-la land or finding places I would rather be.
Each moment, you have a choice. "To be or not to be," so says Shakespeare. We might think that the decision of "not to be" is not ours to choose, but that it is something that happens to us. But guess what, it absolutely is your choice. We choose "not to be" when we want to distract ourselves from what actually is. Think about when you're driving home from a crappy day at work, or scrolling through Instagram photos of yogis bending their bodies in all sorts of beautiful ways, or brushing your teeth. These are some of the hardest moments to just be in, but the moment you decide to see the challenge, or difficulty, or ugly for what it is, you remove your story around it and face your thoughts head on. The darkness, comparisons, or monotony begins to lift - just as the grey clouds are lifting outside my window seat now - uncovering the light blue sky of a new day, thought, or life pattern. This blue sky symbolizes your ability to express yourself in the most sincere and true way, just like what happens when your Throat Chakra opens. Your authentic communication, to yourself and others, breaks free and shines like the sun after a heavy rainfall.
Mindfulness is key to building momentum in the direction of your desires. And you don't have to travel away from home to tap into it.
Take a deep breath in, now. Connect to all that is within you. And as you breathe out, exhale all that creates mindlessness in your life. Today, take some time in your day and decide to live consciously. I recommend writing down 2-3 areas in your life that feel like you're just going through the motions. Over the next week or so, find mindfulness in these spaces through a slow, steady breath, a smile to acknowledge what is, and then a decision to move forward or not. Then witness a new found momentum in your life. One that breaks you free of burdens like resentment, defensiveness and boredom.
Want some accountability in these areas of your life? Send me an email and let me know what your mindless tendencies are. In the next week, I'll randomly touch base with you and see how you're doing. One of my passions is guiding others towards more mindfulness, and I'd love to witness you on this path.
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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