Yoga/Journaling – …Rising Every Time We Fall

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Good morning!
Crow pose got me this morning!
I would get one leg up and then fall. By the end of my practice, I was able to get one leg up and hold it for a few seconds. I’m happy with that today! I’m ok with the fact that every time I fell, I got back up and tried again.

My yoga teacher once said these words that keep coming up every time I’m challenged on my mat…”usually the way we handle our challenges on the mat is the way we handle our challenges off the mat”. Those words kept repeating in my head as I pushed myself to hold crow with one leg for a few seconds. I did it. When we are challenged in life, often times we give up. It’s ok to fall, but getting back up and trying again is the part that matters the most.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Nelson Mandela for your journaling inspiration:

“The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.” –
Nelson Mandela

Yoga/Journaling – Sphinx Pose

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Photo credits: Wikipedia

Good morning! Today was a continuation of yoga working on our core.

I truly resonated with the Sphinx Pose today during my practice. I always loved this pose and felt very safe here today.

Even more so, throughout my practice this morning, I realized that my breathe is more in place with the poses (my ultimate goal during my home yoga practice). And I’m clenching less down on my jaw, another habit that I have to consciously correct to avoid headaches after my practice. The teeth clenching I also relate heavily to stress/anxiety. Keeping this promise, sticking with the challenge, is proving to be an awesome benefit to my morning routine. My days are changing beginning early and it continues throughout my day. If you haven’t started the challenge yet, feel free to join me at anytime 🙂 My prior posts have the link for the challenge ❤

Today's quote for inspiration:

"Everything is possible to him who wills only what is true! Rest in Nature, study, know, then dare; dare to will, dare to act and be silent!"
Éliphas Lévi

Yoga/Journaling – Challenges

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Good morning! My yoga practice this morning focused on strengthening abs. Although that was challenging by itself, my real challenge came because of my physical practice space. No yoga mat, tiny (really tiny) space on hard floor. In these moments, I have found it very easy to push off my practice until the next day when the conditions are more convenient for me.

Today, because of the promise I made to myself, I pushed through the challenges, on the hard floor, bending my knees when I had to, and finished my practice feeling more grateful than usual. I kept the promise to myself.

Here’s today’s quote for your journal inspiration:

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.” -Paulo Coelho

Just as a reminder, I am following along with Erin Motz 30 day yoga challenge :).
http://www.doyouyoga.com/challenge/

Yoga/Journaling – Lotus

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Good morning! Today’s yoga challenge brought me to one of my all time favorite poses, salabhasana (lotus or grasshopper). Beautiful pose that works on strengthening your arms, legs and great for posture.

After somewhat of a late night, getting on mat this morning was a challenge in itself. Ending in the empowering lotus pose today made me realize how important my daily home practice is to me.

Today’s quote for inspiration:

“For everything there is a season…a time to break down and a time to build up…a time to weep and a time laugh…a time to mourn and a time to dance…” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

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 ❤

**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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