Mantra: Suck it up, buttercup.
As Monday comes to a close, and my Mantra Monday deadline looms, I struggled with being positive today. Some days I just don’t feel positive, some days I want to hide under the covers and eat ice cream all day. I know I’m a yoga instructor and there is an unwritten code somewhere that says we must never speak of anything negative, only positive. 🙂 But sometimes, as much as I try to tell myself that I’ve got it pretty dang good, some days I still feel sad, maybe even a little depressed for reasons sometimes even unknown to me. Scrolling thru pinterest, I saw the picture above and it made me smile. Because we all have off days no matter who we are or what we do, it’s inevitably going to happen. The beauty in off days is there is an on day coming soon. Maybe not tomorrow but soon! So maybe this Monday mantra is more for me than anyone else.
What I’m learning is that we go through different seasons in life, some happy, some sad, some where we are barely hanging on but we make it, we manage and we keep putting one foot in front of the other. You never know how long the season will last whether it will be a day, a few minutes, a week or longer. Why I started this blog, this journey and the whole premise of be present 100 is learning the ability to be wherever you are fully present in the moment. Some do not understand why I will allow myself to cry when I’m sad or wallow when I’m depressed, it’s because I know that’s what I need for that moment. I know that it won’t last forever and I know that the bad days help me to appreciate and be fully present for the truly wonderful days. So why would I use “suck it up, buttercup” as Monday’s mantra? Well because I can and it’s funny and I want it to remind you too when you’re having a bad day, week or month that your day is coming soon! Bad days always precede good ones 🙂 Take care of you. Be in the moment and sort through the good, the bad and everything in between and know that it’s all part of the wonderful journey of life. This too shall pass whether it’s happy or sad so embrace it, live it, feel it and enjoy it. It will all make sense when it needs too.
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Mantra Monday: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
So many times we wait for opportunities to come to us. Instead of waiting, dreaming and sitting on the sidelines, think about where you can begin to build a door or at the very least a bridge. Think about how to make whatever you’re dreaming about a reality. You may be surprised at the ideas or thoughts you come up with and one typically leads to another. Use friends as a sounding board. I do this often. It’s not always easy to be brave when we’re scared or strong when we are weak but it’s always worth it.
Be confident, take a risk, follow your heart. Everyone starts as a beginner and there is no better time to start than today. I often hear people say, “well, when I’m more experienced” or “when I’m more confident” and that’s great but you learn so much on the journey when you take a leap of faith. By putting yourself out there and boldly and bravely moving forward even when you’re scared to death, you become the expert. Keep your eyes fixed ahead not on your limitations
“Do all you can in preparation of what’s to come. Keep your eyes and mind open.”
My name is Amber. My passion is sharing yoga and motivation with others. Find more from me on http://www.bepresent100.com and on twitter @bepresent100
Mantra: Expect nothing and appreciate everything.
Meditation: Today’s meditation is about letting go of expectations for yourself and others. Think about a recent expectation you’ve placed on yourself or someone else. When we expect something that doesn’t happen we feel hurt and disappointment, we tend to get attached to a certain outcome rather than simply going with the flow and letting life unfold. It creates unnecessary worry and stress. We assume we have all this control over ourselves and over others and the reality is that while we can control some things, we can’t control outcomes and other people.
So try this, take out a piece of paper and write down your current expectation. Maybe you expect a loved one to behave a certain way or do a certain thing. Maybe your expecting to much of yourself in a particular situation. Commit in this moment to release that expectation and let it go. Take your piece of paper and review it, hold it while you sit for 5-10 ten minutes on the inhale say “let” on the exhale “go” keep repeating, until you begin to feel your stress and worry dissolving as your thoughts begin to become lighter.
You may catch yourself picking it back up from time to time just repeat the process again and let it go. Instead of expecting a certain outcome or fate appreciate what comes to you. Dwell in that place of gratitude and peace knowing that no matter what does or doesn’t happen, you will be okay. It’s easier said than done, I am well aware but just by beginning to change our mindset and thought process we can create a healthier way to live and be.
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Mantra: Motivate yourself. Be happy. Live fully.
Meditate: Take 5-10 minutes and think about your current set of circumstances or situation. Are you happy with the way things are? If so, dwell on that gratitude and happiness. If not, think about what you can do differently. Sometimes all it takes is a simple shift in our attitude to change our perspective and get us on the right track.
We are as happy as we make up our mind to be. No matter what is happening to us, around us or within us; it’s all very much our choice on how we choose to react or be. Things are constantly changing sometimes things go right, sometimes they go wrong but the reality is everything keeps moving. You are the only one that can choose your response and behavior on the inside and out.
I’ll be the first to tell you that sometimes life gets the best of me and I don’t always have a yogic or yogi attitude. Sadly, I can be as stubborn and hateful as the next person, but when I catch myself behaving this way it allows me the opportunity to change and be different. We are going to have bad days, bad situations and sad times because that’s reality. Through creating awareness and observing our own behavior we have the power to be different, to be happy.
So maybe the next time we see ourselves heading straight for negative town, maybe we can choose to take a right turn to positive town instead?
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Mantra: Feel the Waves.
Meditation: Find a busy space. Yes, you heard me right. Today our challenge is learning to balance when things get hard, when things are loud, when things in our life are anything but ideal. Close your eyes or maybe you want to leave one open. Perfectly okay here 🙂 now center on stillness, calmness and peace. How do you feel when you are calm, when you are centered, when you have peace? Take yourself to this place. Create that space in your mind, in your heart. Tune out all other activity. This will be challenging but keep practicing. Try 5 minutes a day while waiting in line, waiting in traffic, sitting with your kids.
Anyone can find their balance when things are going right when things are quiet. What we need to practice is finding balance when things fall apart, when the unexpected occurs, when sh** hits the fan. It’s happened to all of us. Life has a funny way of throwing us a curve ball from time to time. When that happens we need to be ready to hit it out of the park. Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid. Your first few attempts, you may strike out and that’s okay. Keep coming back here to this space, to the busyness, to the chaos, to the crazy. Keep searching for the calm, the peace, finding your center among the chaos of everyday life. That’s what balance is about the ebbing and flowing, feeling the waves of life.
How do you find your balance in the middle of chaos? Any tried and true techniques you can share?
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Meditation: Where is my focus/intention? What steps can I take today for a better tomorrow?
Mantra: Today I choose happiness and gratitude. I’m releasing the negative and embracing the positive.
This mantra was inspired by http://mybodymytime.wordpress.com He commented on my Mantra Monday post and had a great mantra. “I let negative energy pass by.”
It’s amazing how much better we feel when we let go of the negative and embrace the positive. Sometimes that’s harder to do but it’s well worth the effort. It’s liberating to release ourselves from that state of mind and to choose happiness and gratitude. It’s a daily choice. Choose to be happy.