Something to Say for the Skinny (Beautiful) People Out There

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“You’re so skinny”. A phrase I hear often…and honestly I’m not sure how to take it sometimes. Is that all you can say about a person when you greet them? Maybe I’m used to the phrase, the way it feels, that when I greet someone, I pick out a feature on them that is beautiful. Beautiful smile, clothes, hair, eyes…there is so much to choose from when meeting someone than “you need to eat a hamburger”.

I’m perfectly healthy by the way. I eat just the same as others, veggies, protein, meat, snacks, etc. I do try to eat healthy but that has no affect on my size…it makes me feel better. I practice yoga every day and meditate every morning because I feel better over all after my practice.

I’ve fluctuated between 100lbs to 116lbs my whole life. My ribs tend to show in a bathing suit and my legs are thin. I’ve tried crazy diets of protein shakes, stuffing my face until I couldn’t breathe, just to see the scale jump up for a day.

My “skinniness”, more appropriately my “beautifulness” is in my genes. My metabolism is crazy fast and that’s how I was created.

You can either hate your body or you can love it…it’s your choice.

You can be healthy, or you can eat poorly. I choose to love my body (on most days…hey…I’m not perfect either!) and I choose to eat healthy on most days as well.

For all my fellow skinny girls (and guys) who have tried endlessly to put on the weight society so badly thinks we need, these quotes are for you.

After reading an article on Elephant Journal (here’s the link to her article, awesome, amazing writing you must check out, This Ones For My Skinny Sisters, I was so inspired, I had to to share these with others…

“Authentic self love is crazy sexy, whatever your body looks like” – Bryan Reeves

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful” – Sophia Loren

“Size does not make a difference – we cannot take our bodies with us into eternity” – Thomas Voelker

“Though she be little, she is fierce” – William Shakespeare

I’ve already shared some of these quotes and they are in my journal for gentle reminders when I need them.

Kindness goes a long way…compliment others, practice less judgement. We are all struggling with the same insecurities, be it too little or too much. No struggle is harder than another when it comes to our self image.

#100 Days of Gratitude

I recently came across several Instagram posts tagging #100happydays. After checking it out, I almost jumped on the bandwagon as the idea is pretty neat. In it’s simplest form, it is encouraging people to see the happiness in their every day life, a concept that I love.

With that, my mind starting going (as it so often does!), and I thought I’d put a twist on the challenge. What about #100daysofgratitude? People could tag pictures of people, objects or anything that can be captured in a picture and use the tag, #100daysofgratitude. If you know me or follow my blog, you know how important my gratitude practice is everyday and how this simple practice has contributed to many positive changes in my life.

So, if your interested, join me in the challenge by posting a picture everyday of something/someone you are grateful for, tag it with #100daysofgratitude, and follow me on Instagram at Yoga.Healing.Life to check out my daily posts!

P.s. Keep a look out for a new article of mine being published on Tinybuddha.com

Namaste ❤

The Curves of Our Lifelines…

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The curves of our lifelines…
The highs…accomplishments, happiness, family, friends, our animal friends, nature
The lows…sickness, sadness, death, grief…
Finding balance in the curves our life creates peace.
Change…fear…obstacles…
Why should we fear change? Why should we fear obstacles ahead?
Never fear change…
Challenge your obstacles….
The highs and lows…fear…embrace it.
Embrace change…
Create your own character through the curves of your lifeline.

Yoga/Journaling – Bridge of Love

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Good morning!
Today’s yoga practice was a treat for me! It was a relaxed practice focusing on twists and simple bridges to move the spine and open up the back. Being hunched over at a computer for most of the day, Monday through Friday, this felt great to gently move my spine in a different directions 🙂 On the emotional side, I felt a feeling of unraveling…twisting and releasing…the release from the twist was refreshing and calming for my mind and body.

Whatever your practice was today or will be, I hope your take some time after your practice to reflect on yourself, what came up, what didn’t come up, in your journal. Journaling is one of the best therapies, in my opinion 🙂

Today’s quote for inspiration comes from Martha Whitmore Hickman’s Healing After Loss, Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief. Great little pocket size book that I carry around in my purse.

“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love…” – Thornton Wilder

Daily Journal Inspiration – “Yeah Dave” on Time Distortion

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Artwork above is by Evita which can purchased here

Today’s words come from Dave Romanelli, better know as “Yeah Dave” in the yoga world ❤  These words are taken from his book, Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin’ the Moment: Getting to Ecstasy Through Wine, Chocolate and Your iPod Playlist.  His book will make you burst out laughing and at the same time give you awesome insight on living your life in the moment…highly recommended read! 

“Take a moment to imagine a day without a clock.  It might sound refreshing but most of us (especially me) would flinch and twitch on countless occasions seeking the reassurance of a schedule.  If only we could get past this grasping for the familiar.  When we lose track of time, we loosen our grip on life.  And in loosing, the mind opens, creating new space for fresh ideas…time distortion most often happens doing what we love in life.  The challenge is cultivating a willingness to move beyond routine, a curiosity for mystery, and an appetite for insight and revelation.”  

Every weekend, my fiancé and I, along with our two dogs (our children) go hiking in the woods…we pick different reservations/parks in our area to explore.  It’s a complete and total disconnect, a time distortion for us, from time, work, t.v., internet and stresses of daily life for us to talk and appreciate our family.  Sometimes there is no talking and the silence between us is also very peaceful as we listen and admire the nature around us.  We smile, laugh and on occasions get into deep conversations about our lives, the world and our future.  For us, these hikes give our family a weekly connection that we truly look forward to. 

Today, as you sit down to write in your journal, think about a time where you lost track of time doing something you love.  Write about how you felt, where you were, who you were with and how you can take steps to make it a more frequent activity in your life ❤

Daily Journal Inspiration – Jon Kabat-Zinn on Your Unique Journey

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Let’s thank Jon Kabat-Zinn for his amazing writing and work in the field of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the help that he given so many people with his words, lectures, research and workshops. Here are a few words from him to spark your journal entry today….

“Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else’s. So the path has to be your own. You cannot imitate somebody else’s journey and still be true to yourself. Are you prepared to honor your uniqueness in this way?”

Are you living your unique journey? If not, try writing about what YOUR journey would look like and focus on taking small steps to make this unique journey start to unfold. ❤

Daily Journal Inspiration -Thich Nhat Hanh on Smiling :)

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Today, I’ve picked words from Thich Nhat Hanh to share for our journal prompting.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

Write about something/someone that made you smile, the source of your joy for the day. The sun shining, your morning tea/coffee, your morning cuddle session with your pup or the smile you gave to your neighbor…whatever it is, write about the source of joy today.

Daily Journal Inspiration – Robin Sharma on Setbacks in Life

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Today’s words come from Robin Sharma, author of The Monk that Sold His Ferrari and one my favorite books of all time, The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His FerrariIf you haven’t had a chance to read his books, I would suggest picking them up for a quick, inspirational read!  I’ll leave you with his words below to inspire your journaling today…

“The beautiful things about setbacks is they introduce us to our strengths.”

Take a look at some of your setbacks in your life, can you identify the strengths you have gained from them?  Maybe going forward in life, when you’re faced with a set back, remember how the past has shown you your strengths in overcoming and moving on ❤

Daily Journal Inspiration – Pema Chödrön on Healing

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Today, I chose words by Pema Chödrön to prompt your journal entry. Her words have been very influential in my life. Make time for yourself today to write and reflect on her words below…

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” – Pema Chödrön

Are you letting there be room for grief, for relief, for misery and joy in your life?

**The Privilege of a Lifetime is Being Who You Are**

Sharing a few awesome words of wisdom from Joseph Campbell to ponder for your day ❤ Enjoy!! *Namaste*

"Life is without meaning. You bring meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows. But we can choose to live in joy.”

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