Life can change completely in one day, and it’s how we react to this that defines our character.
It’s one of the great privileges of my work that I get to hear people’s stories. Not in a dramatic, ‘this is the story of my life’ kind of way, but in a ‘this is just how it is for me right now’ kind of way. It’s always humbling to hear what’s going on for people below the surfaces as we carry on day to day.
We all have lots going on. It’s called life. But on hearing all the stories I have lately, I’m reminded of how very easy it is for us to get caught up in things that keep us distracted from living life to our full potential. They hold us back in all sorts of ways but they can really add up.
3 principles that will transform your life
We look around and see people we think are happier, better looking, more successful than us all the time. It’s human to do so. But next time you catch yourself doing this next time, try and just let it go.
Look around you at work or on the bus and you’d never know the man over there is caring for a wife with cancer, the woman who just ran into you did so because she’s been up all night with a crying baby for the last 3 weeks straight, and the kid whose music was annoying you? He was just so happy because the girl he’s been trying to get the courage to ask out actually said yes.
As Oscar Wilde said, ‘Be yourself. Everyone else is taken’.
Take Risks (Every Day)
What feels risky to you? Wearing something out of your usual style? Asking for a pay rise? Talking to someone you don’t know? Consider these opportunities! The more we can gently get used to small risks, the more we realise how little attention anyone else is paying to us and the more we develop our courage.
Focus on Yourself
Repeat after me, self care isn’t selfish! If we’re running on empty we are no use to ourselves or anyone else. This is straightforward but that's not to say it's easy. As yogis we are peaceful warriors. We have to gently but fiercely defend our needs.
It helps to know that the more we can do this, the more we can be fully present and happy in our lives, the benefits of which flow through us into every single person we interact with. So when we practice self care, we literally serve others and the greater good.
I hope you find this helpful. Until next time, take care and I'll see you soon!