What is your dream in life? Is your dream big enough for you? Are you taking any actions to make it happen?
It is easy to let the past limit what you think you can do with your life. How you have been living your life, what and how you are today, what you are doing today, what relationships you have, what situation you are in, what profession you have, and so on. You keep doing the things you do, because it is the easiest solution, even if you might have a feeling that you wish you could do something else in the future. And you can! It does not have to be the way it is today for the rest of your life, if you do not want it to be so.
It takes effort to change and to transform into something else. And you have the power to change within you, believe it or not. It is just a matter of listening in to your head, what are you thinking about, and to your heart, what are you really feeling? What do you really want to do with your life? Maybe you know already, or maybe you need to do some soul work at first, to listen in to your inner voice, if you have not been paying much attention to it before. To help you with this work, you can always use yoga and meditation, a perfect way to start listening in to yourself, your thoughts and your feelings. To find what makes you feel happy and in balance, should there be something missing today.
Do not let your past limit your future, and do not listen too much to what other people think. Like Walt Disney said, ‘it all started with a mouse and a dream’. So go Dream Big and make it happen!
I have just finished reading one of the proposed books in my yoga teacher training – How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach (click here for more info about the book). A book explaining the Yoga Sutra (the oldest and most famous book about how yoga works) in a more easy and understandable way.
The story is about a girl (and her dog) getting locked inside a prison in a small town, and starting to teach yoga to the man who put her there. The man has a very soar back and he is in a lot of pain and that is why the girl starts to teach him yoga. You get to follow the journey from the very start where the man (the Captain) does not know anything about yoga. In all the lessons where the girl teaches the man yoga, she is always referring to the old book of Yoga Sutra, explaining with examples and stories on what it really means.
You get to know a few different people throughout the book, all of them with different backgrounds that put them where they are today, living lives with different kind of struggles and experiences, good and bad, as we all do. By finding out about their personal history you get to understand better along the way why they do what they do in different situations.
It is a sweet, although sometimes sad, story, where you really get to understand what the yoga sutra book is about. So if you are interested or curious in about this ancient teaching, and do not want to read the more “heavy” books, I can really recommend this one. I personally liked it a lot.
If I should pick one specific thing to share from the book, then I liked the thought of the different steps of your yoga journey. Starting with the Noticeable step, in the very beginning where you only notice small changes in your every day life. Secondly, you have the Surprising step, where positive things can happen that really surprises you, instead of small, just noticeable things. Thirdly, you have the step of Amazing, where things happen to you that is really amazing. Big things, that will change your life situation or leading you into another path in life maybe. Lastly, it is the Impossible step. Meaning you experience some things that you thought were impossible to happen. IF this happens, the message in the book is for you to embrace this, because it is really important how you respond to this. Do not try to find and explanation, but just accept. And I am sure you can benefit from approach in other experiences as well. Sometimes the best thing to do is just acceptance, not digging to deep to find answers.
I am not going to tell you the end for those of you who have not yet read the book How Yoga works, and want to do so. And for those of you who already have read it, I think you will understand why I choose the picture of today’s post.
How do you find time to do the things you want in life? It is very common to have the feeling that you do not have the time to do the things you want, to get that precious time on your own, to have the time to follow your dreams, to develop, to learn more. Because there is so much going on in the day-to-day life taking up all our time, leaving no time (or energy) for what you really want. Once you are done with the grocery shopping, the cooking, the cleaning, the taking care of kids, doing school work, or your needed working hours (yes, the list can go on and on. I think you know the feeling :-)), then you are collapsing in the couch, in front of the TV, or scrolling on your mobile, before going to sleep, feeling exhausted. Thinking that, TOMORROW, then I will find the time for me. And ending up repeating the same pattern as yesterday, over and over again.
So how do you do then?! To find that precious time that we are in need of, that will make us feel really good? First, I would say, you need to choose. You need to decide on one thing that you want to focus on. If it is a hobby you want to develop, taking a class, learning a new thing, starting to exercise if you do not already, spending more time with your kids or friends, or it can be just deciding that you want half an hour of me-time every day.
Then start monitoring what you are doing during the days. Without judging or trying to change anything at first, just write in a journal on activities and timings, like when you get out of bed and when you go to sleep. And the big things during the day that you spend your time on. Do this for a week or two, you are done when you start seeing a pattern.
Next thing is to make a plan on what you want your days to be like, with including this one thing to focus on, for at least 30 minutes every day. And maybe you find that you are not that effective in some areas? Like planning the grocery shopping for instance, maybe you are going to the store a lot of times during a week, and you could easily reduce this by planning a bit more? Also, you can think about getting up a bit earlier, to find the time for your focus area before you need to start your day-to-day activities. And how can you make things more simple? Is there a shortcut for some things that you are spending too much time on, that you would like to change into other things that you really enjoy?
Once you have a plan on how you want to spend your days, it is time to make things happen! You set the alarm (you will need it), you get to bed when planned and you start, bit by bit, one day at a time, turning your days into days where there IS time for yourself and your dreams. I know, there can be a lot of challenges with doing this, so you need of course to adapt this to what is working for you and your life situation. And remember that even the seemingly small changes can make a difference over time.
To keep track of the changes I would continue writing a journal on your days, your timings and your activities, to see how you transform your life into a life where you do have time!
I hope this thoughts will help you, it is a very easy process of time management, but you will see that it can make a big difference over time.
How do you do to find your feeling of good flow? Flow in life, flow in yoga, flow in jogging, flow when doing a task (like writing a blog ;-)), or other. I was just out running, and thinking about how different this can feel. Some days you just fly through the streets, feeling like you can run how far you want, in a perfect flow. And other days your feet feels like lead… so heavy, like you are not moving an inch, even if you want them to. You are missing the flow.
It is the same in yoga. Now that I have started to study and should build a good session of sequences in yoga myself, I am trying to find a good rhythm. So that the full hour or so yoga session feels like one big flow, even if you are starting slowly with warming up the body, then moving into more challenging poses, finishing off with Savasana. The good thing is that I can already feel if there is a flow or not in the session. That is always a start! 🙂
It is the same in other situations in life regarding this flow. If I should write a post on this blog or do another task, sometimes I just have this flow, full of energy and inspiration, and other times it is impossible to write a sentence or doing a planned task. The feeling of being in a flow is fantastic. You loose the sense of time and space, and you feel like you can achieve anything. My best tip to find the flow, that is working for me, is to do something totally different than what you need the flow for. Go for a walk or for a run is always helping, as well as cooking food, planning a meal or playing with the kids. Or, I start to do something that I really do not like doing, that is really boring, like cleaning, then usually I will find the inspiration and energy quite soon.
Wish you the best with finding your flow. Take Care. Namaste.
It is interesting and helpful to imagine yourself as the gardener of your life. Meaning that you can decide yourself what kind of seeds to plant, and that these seeds will effect your future life and future experiences. And, what you are experiencing today is the result of the seeds you planted earlier in life. Do you have a happy and joyful life today? A beautiful and colourful garden? Congratulations, then you are already on the right track! If you see that you need some more plants, bigger plants, more colourful plants maybe? Then you need to start taking more care of your garden and look into what seeds you should plant in future and what seeds to stop planting and nurturing in any way.
Of course, it takes some decisiveness and work to plant the right seeds. How you do this? It is your thoughts and behaviour that will result in some kind of seeds. So, being kind and helping others is a very good way to get the right type of seeds sowed into the soil of your garden, to plant nice things that you will enjoy harvesting later on. Without thinking too much about yourself. Doing things for others will get you things as well in the end. If this is what you wish. You just need to be patient. 🙂
As with a real garden you also need to water it and take care of your seeds on a regular basis, to keep the plants alive of course, and to make them grow. The constant act of kindness and caring for others will make your garden bloom and thrive. You have all the tools you need. So go make your garden a fantastic one!
Yoga is about empowering yourself, your body as well as your mind. The difference between yoga and other forms of exercise is that you also build your mental strength. You find that your body gets stronger and more flexible, but also, you find an inner strength and a calmness in your mind like in no other exercise or practise (at least not to my experience).
Because all you need to empower yourself, you already have inside you. You do not need anyone or anything else. Yoga is just a tool, it is there to help you find it. By making you slow down, think, reflect, and notice how you feel. Being present and listening in to your body. That is what will help you find your inner strength, and to find the true you.
A quote from Donna Farhi, the famous yoga teacher and author, says: “yoga is a technology for arriving in this present moment”. The most difficult thing to do, in today’s society. So when you do yoga you get the possibility to really be in that present moment, and connect with yourself, listen to your inner voice, check in on how your body really feels. How is your breath? Is is shallow or deep? Is your mind wandering around with a lot of buzzy thoughts, or can you stay in the moment and not really think about something else? Finding this key to be ‘here and now’, is really valuable for your overall health, and when you do, you will feel stronger. It is as simple as that! 🙂
So, if you want to empower yourself, you know what to do.
You will never get further in your dreams, your wishes or your goals than you yourself feel that you deserve. If you do not believe that you are worthy, things will not happen. So start believing in yourself, believe that you ARE worthy of the things that you wish for in life. If it is money, friends, family, a job, a house or whatever, of course you deserve it. To get there, sometimes we need to work on our self-love, since most of us are a bit too hard on ourselves. Also, remember that no one else can insult you if you don’t let them. And when you grow self-respect you will become stronger in mind and you will be able to tackle hard times, hard words, any type of challenge in life. To inspire you to start working on this, look into the list below from Robin Sharma, with four different things you may consider when working on your self-esteem and self-love.
The 4 truths of self-love*:
Honour your specialness. There is no one like you! No one talks or walks like you. Or have the same dreams or goals as you. You are unique.
Do hard things daily. Everything is not easy, but do not give up. No matter if it is relationships or work or something else. If you want to get somewhere, you need to do some tough things. Do not give up if your relationship is not perfect all the time, what relationship is? Or getting up at 5 AM, it is not easy, but if you feel that it is helping you to get where you want, do it. And by doing hard things daily, you grow in self-respect.
“Go to the woods.” Do not only be a doer all the time, being online, connected all the time, running in that wheel of constant movement. Also be a thinker, a philosopher, take some time on your own. Do nothing. Because you need to be alone sometimes, to get into silence and to get distance from all devices and other people. You need to spend time with yourself, on a regular basis, to really get to know yourself. It is not until you really get to know yourself, that you will start to love yourself.
Be helpful to others. The more people you help the more you will love yourself. And the more joy you will see in your life. It is as simple as that. So stop thinking about yourself all the time, and open up to see and help others. This is a great way to strengthen our self love.
*Source and inspiration to the 4 things to consider is a Robin Sharma list.
I hope you find this post helpful and that you are inspired to start the journey towards more self-love. You are worth it. And everything starts within you. Wish you the best. Take Care. Namaste.
This weekend I started my very first yoga teacher training. It has been a dream and goal of mine for a while and now it is finally happening.
Even if you do know yoga quite well, how do you teach yoga to others, how do you guide others through a yoga class? The following months I will learn how. How to make others follow your lead, how to guide with your voice, how to keep others safe (meaning not to hurt themselves by doing poses wrong) when doing yoga. Among other things. So really looking forward to this, as a step in my own personal development. Also, to be able to share the joy of yoga and to teach all the benefits from yoga to others in the future.
And, I will of course continue to share my learnings, thoughts and insights during the journey here in the blog. So if you are interested, stay tuned.
An interesting question that we got the first day was – what yoga pose does represent you? And why? Again, thinking about your why (you can read more about your why in the post What is your purpose?.) Why do you choose a specific pose to describe you? And, why do you do yoga at all? Interesting questions to consider, and the answer will tell you a lot, not only about your yoga journey, but about you and your life in general. Is their a pattern, a link from the one to the other?
It would be very interesting to hear your thoughts on the pose that you feel is describing you the best, and why! Please write a comment below and I will tell you mine as well. 🙂
Do you believe that things are impossible or probable? I think that nothing is impossible. The impossible just takes a little longer time to achieve. The key is to not stand still, never stop moving, but keep striving for things you want to accomplish in life. And see everything as possible or probable instead of impossible.
This is as important for you personally, in your personal development, as if you run a company or work in a company. With a company you need new thoughts and new innovations, as well as developing all co-workers to keep up with the latest. The ones who stand still will be left behind from the rest who do move continuously and this is the same in business and in private life. But in private life you have an advantage if you keep developing with small steps every day. In business it is a must to survive.
The good thing is that developing and keep moving is, for most people, a lot of fun and a thing that gives energy. Positive energy that boosts your performance as well, so positive things will lead to even more positive results in the end. 🙂 So remember to keep moving and everything IS not only probable, but very possible! What do you want to develop? In private life and/or in your business? Take a moment to think about it and then it is time to start moving.
Wish you the best. Take Care. Namaste.
Nothing is impossible. The impossible just takes a little longer to achieve…
Do you catch the wave when it rises? Do you take the opportunity when it appears? You know the feeling of something big coming up, and you get that tickling feeling of excitement and at the same time you feel it is a bit frightening.. Like a big wave coming up. Sometimes from nowhere, it seems.
I believe that is what differs the ones who makes it from the ones who don’t. And with ‘make it’ I mean reach their goals or live their dreams. The one’s who dare to try and surf that wave no matter if they fall or not. They take some risks. And really. What is the worst that can happen? You fail, you fall, you get below the surface, under the water, for some time. But you will get up again! And have the chance to catch a new wave. And what if, what if you manage to surf that wave?! And succeed with your goal, your dream, your mission, that gives you that tickling and exciting feeling!
So go catch a wave! Go for it! I will be there cheering for you, all the way 😊