I know. It is one thing to hear these words and agree with them in concept. But it’s a WHOLE different animal to put them in practice in our daily lives.
I am a 200HR RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) in Hatha Yoga, as well as a Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher. It’s ok if you don’t know what the heck that means. You absolutely do not need to practice yoga to live more mindfully (although the benefits of yoga are amazing and if you don’t practice currently – I always encourage giving it a try – but we’ll talk more about that another day).
I live in Columbus, OH, with my husband and 3 cats. I spent the last 20+ years working in a demanding corporate career track, while also running an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that requires daily oversight, and often involves emergency situations, including life or death decisions for the animals we rescue and care for. I was constantly on the go, and while I considered myself happy and was passionate about how I filled my days, I rarely stopped. Looking back, I am not sure how I knew if I was truly happy because I never had to time to reflect on it. Does this sound familiar to any of you?
This is the way we have come to believe we are supposed to live. Ponder this…what is your typical answer if a friend or family member asks you how things are going? Might your answer be “busy”? If that isn’t your typical answer, then give yourself a hug, because you have not succumbed to what I believe is our cultural idea of a successful life; meaning if you aren’t busy, you must be lazy and un-motivated. I am in the process of working on reversing this assumption for my own life, because I have discovered how much better my quality of life and all those around me can be when I allow myself to slow things down, even in just the smallest, tiniest increments.
If you are interested in improving your overall quality of life, stay tuned. I will be bringing you the tidbits of knowledge I have acquired as part of my mindfulness journey. I hope by sharing my knowledge and insights, you may find small ways to add purpose and intention to your days, and ultimately live a happy, content life.
Peace & Love,