19 tips for success — and they’re not easy.

7 Mar

1. You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.

2. You have to get up earlier than  you want to get up.

3. You have to give more than you get in return right away.

4. You have to care more about others than you care about you.

5. You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.

6. You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.

7. You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.

8. You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.

9. You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.

10. You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.

11. You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.

12. You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the facts.

13. You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.

14. You have to try and fail and try again.

15. You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.

16. You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.

17. You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled. (love this!)

18. You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.

19. You have to keep moving toward where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

This list appeared in Skin Inc and was adapted from the blog, “Edgy Conversations” by Dan Waldschmidt.

 

Yoga Mat Love

6 Mar

I found this via My Yoga Online. So true.

Mat_Fall_My Yoga Online

Dreaming of an Oscar?

3 Mar
Won for 12 Years A Slave

Won for 12 Years A Slave

Stand Gounded in Tree Pose

28 Feb

This image is via Daily Good. So good.

dailygood_tree

Your Intention, Your Purpose, and a Downward-Facing Dog

27 Feb

For me, setting an intention at the start of the practice definitely makes for a better class. Every time my mind wavers I bring it back to the intention. Today’s intention was “Do everything with love.” Yesterday’s — “Try your best. No more no less.” Breathing the intention through the shake of Plank pose or the wobble of Eagle helps bring me back to centre. It’s all about focus, right?

In this issue of U.S. Yoga Journal, there is an article about the contemplative aspect of asana practice and how breathing new energy into poses can help transform your life. Sometimes it’s tough to set an intention — the mind draws a blank. This exercise helped me uncover some intentions. Try it!

AFFIRM YOUR LIFE’S POSITION IN DOWNWARD DOG

Yoga Journal, February issue

Practice:

Come to your hands and knees, close your eyes, and pour your attention into the places where each of your finger pads makes contact with the earth. Tuck your toes and lift the knees off the floor, extending your legs into Downward-Facing Dog.

Spread your fingers wider and press more intently into your hands. Ask yourself: “How best can I touch the world through these hands, these feet, and this body? What is the gift I have to offer the world?” Bend one knee, and press the opposite heel deeper toward the ground, first one side, then the other, stepping into this inquiry with your being.

Breathe and ask yourself, “What purpose can I invest my breath and strength into?” As answers to your questions arise, let them fuel your passion to both hold the pose and to commit to your purpose with greater focus and strength.

Maybe you’ll realise that your life’s purpose is to sing, or to garden, or to teach or write or nurture or inspire others. Imagine you are anchoring into your purpose through your hands and feet, emboldening it with the energy surging through your arms, torso, and legs, enriching it with each inhale and exhale. Feel yourself standing, wholeheartedly, in your dharma — your purpose or soul’s work. Welcome any words or images that arise.

An Intention for Life

24 Feb

“Be well-ordered in your life, and as ordinary as a bourgeois, in order to be fierce and original in your work.” — Gustave Flaubert

The Mighty Warrior Pose ~ Yoga

24 Feb

Warrior Pose II, Virabhadrasana II

This is one of my favourite poses — it reminds me to stay strong, empowered, and balanced. It’s also a heart opener. I recently read how effective this pose is for sending love and healing from the heart, out through the conduit of the arms and hands, to the universe.

“When you find yourself obsessing about problems and life obstacles, this moving loving-kindness meditation can help you shift out of a self-centred mode of thinking and realise yoga’s potential as a vehicle for sharing love and healing.” Yoga Journal

Channel that energy from your heart and through your fingertips. You might feel a tingle.

via melissadinwiddie.com

via melissadinwiddie.com

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