“We often get our priorities out of order. We think our job or task at hand is the most important thing in our lives right now. When in fact caring for our body, mind, and spirit is our ultimate responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them with your thoughts and actions.” ~David Scott
Develop a Vision for your life and then develop a plan to get there. What is your vision and what is your map to get there?
Developing a plan begins with standing up tall, keeping your shoulders back and leaning into your problems instead of away from them. Walking on your path of life with confidence will change your brain chemistry and hormone levels; it will make you superhuman. In my life, I try to confront first …what scares me the most.
Next, begin to treat yourself like you would treat someone you care deeply about. If you like flowers, buy yourself flowers. Just because one facet of our life makes us unhappy, it does not mean our whole life is miserable. We forget to celebrate our victories and just learn from our mistakes.
Choose to surround yourself with friends that truly have your best interest at heart. If they are aiming down, when your aiming up, maybe they are not good to you. You can share good news with true friends. They will wish you well when you are doing something good and try to stop you when you are doing harmful things. True friends don’t silently cheer and celebrate, when you stumble and fall, they don’t offer you a cigarette when you’re trying to quit smoking.
Try to never make permanent changes in your life to temporary problems.
It is never a good time to repair a roof in the middle of a hurricane. Sure, you can patch things up, but it is best to wait for the storm to be over before doing any seriously rebuilding. We often feel that a problem we are dealing with is permanent and will last forever. Everything around you is built on the shifting sands of impermanence. The only thing permanent, is your soul and that is why we should make our soul the foundation of our happiness. Sunshine always comes to those that have stood in the rain. Wait for the sun to once again be shining before making any life altering decisions.
“Where your intention goes, your energy flows. Stop spending valuable energy on things not in line with your destination.” David Scott
“Determination is the wind in our sails pushing us onward, over and through the waves of fear and doubt.”
FEAR by: Khalil Gibran (was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher)
It is said that before entering the sea a river trembles with fear.
She looks back at the path she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, the long winding road crossing forests and villages. And in front of her, she sees an ocean so vast, that to enter there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.
But there is no other way. The river cannot go back. Nobody can go back. To go back is impossible in existence. The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean because only then will fear disappear, because that’s where the river will know it’s not about disappearing into the ocean, but of becoming the ocean.
Being aware is the first stage of being present.
“Here and now is where yoga begins” – The Yoga Sutras
“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” — B.K.S. Iyengar
“The nature of yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.” – Jason Crandell
The Dalai Lama was asked what the purpose was of life….“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” — Dalai Lama.
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills
“Happiness is to be found along the way of our journey. Happiest is a person that still can find joy in the detours of life. If we wait only until the end of the journey to experience happiness, it is too late. When we eat a delicious meal, we savor each bite. We do not wait for the end of the meal, only when the last morsel is finished, to taste the joy of our feast.” David Scott
“The two hardest things in life to handle, are failure and success.”
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche “The person that has a “why” to live can bear almost any how.”
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to live, love, and laugh.”
“Determination is the wind in our sails pushing us onward, over and through the waves of fear and doubt.” David Scott
“My biggest struggles have been my biggest teachers.” – Kathryn Budig
“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
“The yoga pose you avoid the most you need the most.”
“I bend so I don’t break.”
“We should not wait until the body and mind craves yoga. The best time to water a plant is before it withers up from thirst and becomes weak.”- David Scott
“That’s exactly how it is in yoga. The places where you have the most resistance are actually the places that are going to be the areas of the greatest liberation.” – Rodney Yee
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
Yoga teaches us to create a life that feels good on the inside and not just the outside.
“Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.”
“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. “- Octavia Butler
“At some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening.”
“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past, if you are anxious, you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.”- Lao Tzu
“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present. Gratefully.” – Maya Angelou
“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” Dalai Lama