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Attitude in My Practice and Daily Life

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I have been wanting to write on this topic for a few days now, but I couldn’t find the inspiration. Rule of thumb: want to be inspired? Go to a hot flow class. In San Diego. At Pilgrimage of the Heart. With Rachel Lubich 🙂

Rachel shared with us a story from her training immersion, and how the entire group was asked to give up one thing from midway through their training until completion. She chose “letting go of negative thoughts.” Then she welcomed us to set our intention to approaching our practice with a sense of curiosity and adventure, while leaving behind any negative thoughts.

This instantly put a smile on my face because I related to it instantly. Coming out to San Diego for teacher training was not just some spontaneous idea that I came up with one day. It was a process of wanting to go deeper within myself to explore or learn a part of myself that I didn’t know about before. I ventured to find what was within, and discovered way more than I expected–the kindness of complete strangers, and my own empathy and sensitivity to the suffering in others. I began to see more of the positive…in everything. Even through my darker hours and tears, I emerged more vibrant than a lotus flower at dawn.

My attitude has shifted drastically within a matter of six months. I’ve learned to accept selfless love and let go of selfish love. I’ve chosen to see the positive in all things and detoxify the negative. I attribute most (if not all) of this attitude shift to my increased frequency of practicing yoga and meditation, as well as the encouragement/support from my friends and family. I’m less critical of myself on and off the mat, and find myself finding inspiration all around me.

That said, I still have my “bad” days (we all do), but along with my improved attitude…I can view those days from a different perspective and not let them knock me over!

And for all of this…I am grateful 🙂

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Quotes to live by

Many of you who know me well, know that I’m a total sucker for quotes.

As this first month of the new decade comes to a close, I thought I’d share some quotes about optimism, and some other quotes that have helped me through hard times in the past. Even though I’m happier now than I was a year ago today, I still find these helpful! I encourage you to comment and add some of your favorites! …

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.” -Anonymous

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise” -Oscar Wilde

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.” -Anonymous

I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy… you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.” -Katherine Mansfield

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” -Charlotte Bronte

To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” -Walter Chrysler

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” -Les Brown

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” -Muhammad Ali

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” -John Bingham (on running)

…I’m off to the Poconos for the weekend (Camelback Mountain!) with a group of friends to snowboard and relax.

🙂

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