We are not perfect beings. Sometimes we make mistakes and fall over. We just need to pick ourselves up and learn from those mistakes.
Yesterday, I fell over…a lot. Mostly on my yoga mat. My practise was brief but it was hard, sweaty and my balance was off. But I kept going, breathing and smiling my way through the tumbles. Tripod headstand is one tricky pose. Even a simple low lunge was making me wobble. I wasn’t ‘feeling’ it or was too ‘in my head’ to really let go. But I practised and definitely felt better for it. I learnt that you can’t be perfect all the time.
That’s how life goes. We get off track, loose our focus and ultimately fall. But that’s okay. Without falling how will we know to rebalance ourselves so we can continue with a clear purpose. With constant practise we build strength and confidence to hold ourselves up against challenges that will try to knock us down.
This is what yoga cultivates for me. Strength. Focus. I’m a much stronger person now than I was a few years ago. Not just physically but mentally too. I know who I am, what I want and hopefully how to get there. Yes, I am still going to get those knocks (currently happening right now!), however, I know I am able to keep my balance and focus.
Plus, life wouldn’t be as fun if things were plain sailing all the time. You need waves and storms to keep you on your toes. To keep pushing you to achieve your dreams.
Slowing it down and thinking about the simpler things in life. The everyday stuff we do, that we take for granted. These little moments when acted out mindfully can be moments of little joys. Taking pleasure out the ordinary and realising that in fact these are moments that bring happiness, if only for a brief period of time.
Possibly, yes. Who can honestly say that they take the time to appreciate what they have right now, rather than looking to the future or to the past to bring about happiness in their lives.
The past few days since my post on finding acceptance, I have tried to be mindful of the things in my life that are good. To try and not worry so much about what hasn’t happened yet. I have been taking the necessary steps, such as updating my CV, joining an agency and looking for part-time work, that will all ultimately lead to where I want to be in life. In a school, in Early Years, supporting and guiding young children. Continuing to develop my yoga practice and understanding of spiritual literature. My intention I set earlier has helped me to calm my mind and anxieties. I have freed up that time from worrying to finding those moments of peace. Seeing friends, reading, watching films and spending time with my own thoughts (scary stuff I must add).
For those simple things we do, once we strip away the big stuff, is what grounds us. Or at least makes me feel that way, I can’t speak on behalf of others!
So as we come to the end of another week, or the beginning of a new one (always think positively), I am going to set a new intention…Nourishment! Whether thats through the foods I eat, what I choose to read or how I move my body. This coming week I intend to nourish myself mentally and physically.
What is your?
Keeping in the theme of my title…Happiness! What is it and how do we find it?
Well, isn’t that a big question. Currently, right now I am watching ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ and it’s got me thinking about what happiness means to us.
And all I can say is, who knows! That’s what this space is here for I guess. To explore the possibilities that may lead to happiness. That elusive feeling we all attempt to grasp and are never sure if we truly have!
So, I leave you with a couple of images that make me happy right now. Being silly, stupid, enjoying music and being with my friends. Looking at these photos from the past weekend fills me with joy and love for the people I have in my life. People who I can share experiences with. Laugh, cry, dance, drink and smile with. Right now this is what makes me happy!
Being in a transitional state is hard. Harder than I initially would have thought. Having just finished my year of studying and not having a job lined up yet for September, means I’m in a constant state of worry and anxiety about my future – being able to live, money issues, feeling like a failure etc etc. The list could go on.
So, I decided to create a space where I can share these thoughts and feelings we all have from time to time, and try to find acceptance…in that it is okay to feel this way. We are human, fallible, insecure beings who need constant reassurance everything will be okay. However, I want to be able to find reassurance through my own self belief. For me that means accepting that life is how it should be right now. I can’t control what’s going to happen only how I react to things now and the decisions I make in response.
Finding acceptance and letting go is hard. We want to control everything, and we can’t. From practising daily yoga and re-reading one of my favourite books from last year (The Wisdom of Yoga: A guide to extraordinary living), I am beginning to learn that if we accept the position and state we are in right now, we can begin to find a bit of happiness we have been searching for.
Through loving kindness, mindfulness and promoting a healthy outlook on life, I want to try and ease off the amount of pressure I put on myself to succeed. I am guilty of self-flagellation and beating myself up for not doing better. But that’s not going to help me. Only make me feel even worse about myself. I know I have worked hard, and I need to accept things may take longer for me than someone else. And that’s okay. Our paths are different and the choices we make are different. Doesn’t mean we are any less or more from the people around us.
On a parting note, for the rest of this week, I am going to set an intention to commit myself to accepting what I have and understand that my path is taking a different course than expected. And that’s okay!
My very first post for this new blog. I want this to be a space to share thoughts, feelings and views on various topics that interest me.
I am particularly interested in well-being and finding out what it means to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Whether it’s through physical exercise, nutrition or the way we choose to live our lives.
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