I was preparing to teach a class yesterday morning, and I pulled a book off the shelf at the studio to search for a quote to share. As the Universe would have it, the page that I opened to contained exactly the words that I needed to hear. Even though things like that happen frequently, I’m still so thrilled each time!
Here is what I read, from “Trust Your Vibes” by Sonia Choquette:
“Being passionate about life tends to change your vibration from one of resistance and defense to one of attraction and receptivity. When you love life, life loves you back– so when you dive into it with exuberance and joy, life will reach out and enthusiastically embrace you. The more you love life by fully engaging in what feeds your soul, the more you spread that love around, and in doing so you heal yourself and others.”
“Life lovers have incredible charisma and charm, drawing people to them because their vibration is so soothing and positive. But being such a person isn’t easy, nor is it an accident. It’s much easier to be cynical and dark and argue for why life is miserable. The ego loves to suffer– and the louder, the better. Lovers of life say no to this death sentence, making intentional choices to appreciate and enjoy the gifts that life offers.”
The writer proceeds to get further into the idea that the more you love life, the more that you draw to you everything you need. I’m reading this and realizing just how much this could apply to my life. I am stuck in the ego– stuck in the suffering mentality. At some point, I bought into the idea that I have to sacrifice all of my time and energy in order to run a successful business. It is time to break free and start enjoying life again!
At the end of the chapter, Choquette offers ways to bring this idea into your life:
“Focus on what makes you content and fills you with a sense of satisfaction. Once you identify what brings you joy, seek to indulge in it every day. The more you nurture your spirit, the more attractive to others your energy will be, drawing to you all you need. Stop being too responsible, and make room to have more sweet, soul-soothing moments. See how different life feels when you feed your soul and how differently people act towards you.”
This passage came to me the day after I completed my calendar, scheduling out every single minute of my time. Seriously, I was just showing one of the teachers how full it is, and we couldn’t stop laughing. How terrible! I’ve been telling myself that if I can go against my nature and work within a very specific set schedule, then perhaps I will lower my stress. The reality is, I hate being so strict with my time. And I feel like it limits my ability to live in the flow of life, and do whatever feels right in each moment. So I am back to the drawing board- looking at ways to live more freely and yet stay afloat.
In the meantime, I’m going to spend more time focusing on the joys that are present in my life. Here is a list of some of my favorite things:
- Kissing my little girl’s soft, chubby face. She is so sweet, I can’t get enough!
- Enjoying a chai latte on my way to the studio in the morning. Taking the time to give myself that gift of tasty goodness!
- Sitting quietly in meditation while my yoga students rest in savasana. Feeling their peace and relaxation, just holding space for them. Going within to find peace and relaxation myself.
- Baby snuggle time. Baby hugs. Baby drool kisses. Can’t. Get. Enough.
- Taking an extra-long, extra-hot bath at the end of a long day. Unwinding in silence and letting go of stress.
- Exploring the next level of my yoga practice and loving every minute of the challenge. The giggles that come when I fall down. The amazement that overtakes me when a new pose comes together for the first time!
- Seeing my husband and our baby cuddled up asleep together. They are so in love, could anything be cuter?
- Enjoying a really good vegan dessert. Because seriously, who doesn’t love dessert?
- Loving the people that I work with, the work that I am able to do, and the community that I support. The people who make up the Guru Momma family have no idea the gratitude that they bring me every day. I am so happy that they support what I love!
- Intense, deep conversations with my husband about all aspects of life. I am lucky enough to have my best friend with me every day of my life.
- The wonderful, supportive, kind, caring, joyful women that I am lucky to call friends. Women that inspire me, challenge me, call me out on what I need to see, make me laugh. So much love.
When was the last time that you made a list of your favorite things? Are you living from a place of loving life, or are you like I have been– a slave to responsibility, sacrificing myself every day to a strict schedule and starving your soul of the freedom you desire? What will it take to get back to the sweet, soul-soothing moments?