Happiness and Maintenance.
February 14, 2020 - AHARA WEEKLY | YOGA WITH STEPHANIE NEWSLETTER
I'd like you to to think of something precious and valuable to you - an object or a personal relationship.
Some examples may be your partner, a dear friend, your car, your home, your children, your pets, etc.
All of these valuable things require regular maintenance, responsibility and our attention. Otherwise, they will will not function properly.
It is our task in life to care for ourselves - our bodies and mental health - with the same loving presence that we would any of these valuable things. To be happy and feel good, we need maintenance. We need self care, self-awareness, and our own loving-presence. We need to give to ourselves time and devotion.
If we want our vehicle to run at its optimum performance, we wouldn’t fuel it with fake or poor quality fuel. The same for our body and mind, we are what we consume. What we take in as food and as entertainment shapes our physical and mental existence.
To run well, we need nourishing, real food as well as positive outlets of entertainment - ones that inspire us to grow and thrive, love our neighbors and protect our planet.It was my mother who taught me to clean my home regularly, rather than putting it all off, then having to tackle a big mess all at once. In a similar way, we practice meditation and yoga regularly to clear the body and mind of negative energy as it arises so we are not left with a messy abundance of tension and stress.
To thrive through this symphony of life, it is our task to tend to our bodies like a musical instrument, keeping it conditioned and strong. Musicians must continually care for their instruments or they shall not play properly. If happiness is the music, may we keep ourselves fit enough to play on.
A relationship requires our loving presence and compassion in order for it to survive and thrive. It is our task to engage in a loving relationship with ourselves - with the same compassion and empathy given to our dear ones. May we engage in positive, encouraging conversations with ourselves rather than ones of criticism and self-judgement.
Let us remember that we are one of a kind, valuable, and irreplaceable. We matter. Our thoughts matter and our feelings matter. Our contribution to this planet and our community matters.
“Sometimes I have to remind myself that there is nothing wrong with me. I have patterns to unlearn, new behaviors to embody, and wounds to heal. But there is nothing wrong with the core of me and who I am. I am unlearning generations of harm and remembering love. It just takes time.” - Unknown
Namaste Friends, Stephanie
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