What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Day 84 - Change your mantra

Hey there, I am still in Denver.  Today Kelly and I went to a hot yoga class at Lohi Athletic Club with Kathleen Swinbourne.  Lohi Athletic Club.  It was a gym atmosphere with a flow class with the heat up a bit.  I am still a big fan of trying out new types of yoga and yoga instructors.  We can learn from each kind and instructor. 

I feel like this vacation has put a nice perspective in my life.  I have had a lot of excitement this weekend with a couple of parties and a lot of friends to visit.  I have been sober for over 8 years now, and these parties are a good time, but can also be somewhat draining for me.  I am structuring more thoughts on this, but will save this topic for another day.  The main idea though is that I feel like the crazy excitement that I had this weekend makes me appreciate the quiet and calm times I am having more and more of.  I love the peace and simplicity in my life, but also love that I can find this peace and simplicity in the crazy and exciting times.

There are so many days in my life that I can look back and say things like...

"I was really confused at that time."
"I was sad and lonely."
"I did not accomplish what I was wanting out to do."

What if my perspective was never like that though.  What if I went through my life doing the exact same thing but instead of the above statements I said...

"I was growing."
"I was building my self awareness."
"I am learning how to build and work on my dreams."

Our failures and "negative" aspects in life are a necessity to build us into what we want to be.  We have the ability to grow and be whoever we want to be.  I believe it all starts with these mantra's though.  Have you ran into the people in life that say "Oh I can never do that." Guess what, 9 out of 10 times they can't.  It's not because they can't though, it's because they won't.  What if they changed the statement to "I would like to try that," or even better "I will try that."  What if they even went so far to saying "I will try that right now?"

I think there are a lot of unnecessary road bumps that we put in our lives because we have been taught to dwell in the world of I can't, I won't, or I never will get there."  The "negative" side of life is something we somehow just become used to and some actually find comfort in it.  It is when we start to make ourselves nervous and even fearful of something new that we start to grow.  The mantra's we stick in our minds like "I can never do that" are probably just a comfort inside of us keeping us from the feelings of fear or nervousness. 

Think back of all the things that have made you into who you are today.  Think of all the things that made you nervous or fearful the first time you did it.  I think it may be time we change our mantra and get out of the stuck world of "I can't."

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