“I can’t do that.” “People in my family don’t go to college.” “You can’t lose weight with my body type.” “I don’t have enough money.” “I don’t have time to exercise.” Do you get the picture? It’s easy to make excuses. Excuses are a dime a dozen. They are like negative affirmations.
You may say, but I really believe my excuses because that’s been my experience. The problem and cure is that whatever we think about a lot gets created in our lives. You may never have been able to keep the weight off after a diet but it doesn’t mean you can’t. However, you may need a new set to beliefs, attitudes to get you to your goal. First, stop make excuses. Second, what small steps can you take so that you can start moving towards your goal. Making small gains will build your confidence. Third, what new positive thoughts do I need to cultivate? Make these affirmations realistic. Begin to repeat these positive words until they feel true deep within you.
There still may be ups and downs but never give up.
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Letting Go of Being Right
Many times we want to get our way, we want to have the last word. We see our point of view as being right and put down others viewpoints or beliefs. We can be stubborn and rigid. The result of this approach is often conflict in our relationships, heightened stress and less success in our endeavors.
How can we let go of being right? Firstly, respect others points of view even if we think they are wrong. We can agree to disagree.
Secondly, if we find ourselves in an argument with someone, deliberately stop talking. Let them have the last word. We don’t have to fix others or prove to them their ideas are wrong and our ideas are right. We can be confident in our beliefs, while accepting others beliefs.
Thirdly, reflect on our our attitudes or beliefs that seem to create conflict time and time again. Perhaps it’s time to modify or change these.
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Letting Go of Negative beliefs. There are thousands of unhelpful beliefs that create stressful emotions, conflict within ourselves and with others, ill health, disfunction and failure. It’s helpful to reflect and write down what your predominating detrimental beliefs are. Just gaining clarity in what they are is a big step to releasing the grip they have on you. Do this reflection in an honest but non-judgement way. One way to help release these beliefs/attitudes/viewpoints is through a fire ceremony ritual. This can be done with an actual fire and throwing in pieces of paper with the negative belief written on it or the fire ceremony can be done using your imagination with your eyes closed. Follow this procedure or have a friend read it to you.
Fire ceremony imagery – use this imagery to help you let go.
• Come into a comfortable position and gently close your eyes.
• In your inner scene, see yourself sitting outside near an open fire. On a side table you have a bowl with a number of blank notes. Imagine that you are writing down on the blank notes anything you would like to release or let go. This could be something physical, emotional or mental or anything else, use as long as you need.
• Now at your own pace take one piece of paper at a time and throw it into the fire and watch it burn completely. Feel like you’re letting go of whatever was written on that paper. Continue until all the pieces of paper you wrote on are destroyed, use as long as you need.
• Check in with yourself. Are there any other things you would like to release. If yes, write them down and throw them into the fire one at a time and see them burn completely, use as long as you need.
• When you feel complete, discontinue your practice. Once you’re ready, slowly open your eyes and notice how you feel.
Use this exercise as often as you like. The more we can let go of detrimental beliefs the healthier, happier and more successful we will be.
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We all have different points of view. This is great because the world would be a boring place if we all thought the same. However what happens when we have conflicting points of view. Sometimes it can lead to arguments and upset. If we hold our beliefs and viewpoints rigidly with the idea that “I’m right” we’ll probably create more conflict and stress in our lives. For our peace of mind and relationship harmony it’s best to hold our beliefs more lightly. To do this requires some letting go, some mental adjustment and a conscious decision to be more accepting of others points of view especially those closest to us.
The more we can let go the easier and happier our lives will be. What can we let go of to make our lives better? A. Bad habits around food and taking care of our health. B. Rigid, limiting or negative beliefs or attitudes relating to ourselves, others or situations. C. Upsetting recurring emotional events. D. Attachments to material items, being right, sense of entitlement etc.
What would you like to release or let go of? Make your own list without beating yourself up. In the following weeks I will share with you specific techniques to release things that you are holding onto that are creating stress and unhappiness in your life.
Yoga is so much more than stretching and postures. It is an art and science for a living happy and fulfilling life. This will be a life transforming two weeks, opening new doors, building new skills, making new friends. Come experience the amazing Yogaville community, at a wonderful time of the year, in beautiful Buckingham, Virginia.
Lalita and I have a great program for you. Additionally, we have many workshops planned with senior teachers in the community. We will take care of you.
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Some moments are fun, some happy, other moments may be painful or upsetting. Some moments are boring or we may feel nothing is happening. Whatever is going on in each now, what we do or not do in this moment will affect our future moments.
We need to quickly identify what is happening in this moment – self honesty is needed here. If this moment is pleasant we can continue to cultivate similar thoughts and actions. If the current moment has some stress, we need to change our thinking or stop doing anything that is aggravating the stress. Be patient, if we’ve had lots of moments of stress one after the other, it can take a while to return to feeling relaxed and centered. Just keep the mind and actions pointed in the right direction.
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Don’t beat yourself up. You are beautiful as you are. Let there be a natural growth in yourself. Extend that love to yourself that you are giving to others.
What has been your experience?