Looking at Life from a Different Perspective with Yoga

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Some times all we need to appreciate what we have in life is to look at it from a different perspective. One might complain about having to go to the store to get groceries but if you take that same person to a village in Africa, where they have to kill their own food and walk miles for water, they will indeed appreciate and have gratitude for the many grocery options we have here.

I remember hearing a story as a child about a polish man who always wore shoes a size smaller so that when he took them off it felt great. Kind of silly but I get his point.

Other than traveling or wearing small shoes, there is nothing better at changing your perception than yoga. Yoga forces you to go inward and deal with emotions and feelings that you may have never dealt with before. Yoga is the journey of the self,through the self,to the self. Being put in compromising poses or asanas tests your character. Your reaction or lack of determines your success in each asana. Learning to let go, surrender and have gratitude for what ever it is that you are feeling. It is all based on your perception, how you choose to see things. In yoga I take this literal. Try looking at life upside down or side ways and see how different it looks. Sometimes physically changing your view can start the internal shift on how you perceive things.

A lot of people get scared of hand stands and being upside down because it is different. Just as in life, change can be scary. Try not to think too much or take yourself too seriously. Think of how you were as a child and just play.

How to do a handstand

Always begin by practicing hand stands at the wall. Start in downward facing dog, with your hands a couple of inches from the wall. Walk your feet in towards your hands and try to bring your shoulders directly under your wrists. Firm your arms and press all ten fingers into the ground. Look between your hands and raise one leg up to the sky. Bend the bottom leg and practice hopping up, until both legs reach the wall. Once your legs are at the wall, draw your tailbone down, straighten and activate your legs and flex your feet. Continue to press your hands into the ground, root to rebound. Take a couple of seconds here then slowly lower one leg at a time and come into child’s pose for several breaths before standing up and don’t forget to smile:)

* I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective.- Ursus Wehrli

 

 

 

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5 Days To Gratitude/Day 5

 

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Shot by Alexander F. Rodriguez

Day 5: Prayer. Being thankful before you eat. It’s also a way to connect your family and make everyone present. I am a big believer in prayer and have never missed a prayer at bedtime. It’s my time to connect and check in with myself and the universe and simply have gratitude for my day.

* What if you woke up today with only the things you were thankful for yesterday? 

5 Days To Gratitude/Day 4

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Shot by Alexander F. Rodriguez

Day 4:  Journal what you are grateful for everyday. Start with obvious things like, the roof over my head or the job that helps me support my family.

*Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.- Deepak Chopra 

5 Days To Gratitude/Day 3

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Day 3:  Gratitude circle. My family and I get in a circle and say what we are grateful for, what we acknowledge in ourselves and each person in the circle. It is an amazing tool to connect with your family, especially in our busy lives. It always brings us back to our hearts and someone always ends up crying…happy tears.

*We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. -Cynthia Ozick

5 Days To Gratitude/Day 2

 

Photo by Tony Prower

Photo by Tony Prower

Day 2: At bedtime, don’t count sheep, count your blessings. I go through the alphabet and list a person or thing that starts with that letter that I was grateful for that day. Example…A is for my Aunt or B is for that yummy broccoli I made for dinner and got my son to eat!

*Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. – Aesop

 

5 Days to Gratitude/Day 1

The best way to create abundance in your life is to have gratitude for what you already have.

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Shot by Tom Hardless/wearing Iamvibes

 

It’s so easy to complain and focus on what we don’t have. I think it becomes a habit for some people. I do believe that it is a learned trait and it can be turned around to seeing the glass half full instead of half empty.

For five days I will be sharing a tip so you and your family can become more positive by showing gratitude for all the amazing blessings you already have.

Day 1: Every time you catch yourself saying something negative, cancel it and replace it with a positive.

Share these tools with your friends and family and start to incorporate them into your every day lives. You will begin to see a shift in you and your loved ones when you simply start appreciating all the blessings right in front of you.

* Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. -Melody Beattie

 

What is your Legacy?

 

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One of the last precious moments I had with my dear Grandmother.

Recently I have had several conversations where the topic of “legacy” came up.  I just finished my will and had a lot of unexpected emotions arise.  Not the sadness of death itself but what I would leave behind… My legacy.  Of course there are the important details of where your money will go so that your family can not only survive but flourish without you there but there is the emotional aspect.  Before I was a Mother these things never occurred to me.  Nothing makes you more vulnerable than knowing people rely on you and need you.  Thinking about your legacy really makes you conscious to what is really important in life.  Superficial things deteriorate with time but emotions, love, experiences, wisdom can last forever.  Will your experiences in this life be strong enough to leave a lasting legacy?  Ask yourself these two questions.

1. What would you leave behind if today was your last?

2. What can you give of yourself that could live on long after your physical body does?

* This land, this water, this air, this planet- this is our legacy to our young.- Paul Tsongas