Daily Meditation

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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.”
~ Martha Graham, as told to Agnes de Mille

Reflecting on this glorious passage from Martha Graham is part of my morning ritual this month as I explore lessons in aparigraha (non-possessiveness/non-attachment). Let go of expectations, let of go what holds you back, and let go of comparisons. Learn to simply be and become.

What pearls of wisdom can help you start your day?

 

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Listen: Yoga Class Playlist March

Here’s an excerpt of one of my favorite one-hour class playlists that beautifully supports the month’s focus “Let Go.” Two of the songs are new discoveries for me:  Hilary Grist’s captivating cover of Can’t Always Get What You Want and Krishnabai’s gorgeous version of Gayatri Mantra. Length of the complete playlist is about 45 minutes which allows a generous amount of silence at the end for a quiet savasana. See full track list below.

Complete playist:

Invocation by Yvette

Prologue by Loreena McKennitt

Let Her Go by Passenger

That I Would Be Good by Alanis Morissette

Can’t Always Get What You Want by Hilary Grist

Long Time Sun by Snatam Kaur

Gayatri Mantra by Krishnabai

Closing by Wah!

Feathered Friend’s Sleep Songs by Lullabye Tribe

Is fear keeping you from daring to fail?

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”

~ John F. Kennedy

The dismay of being seen, exposed and open to criticism is one of the many fears that can keep us from exploring and sharing our creative selves. Brené Brown, the expert on the power of vulnerability, shares her insights on how to deal with our inner and outer critics so we can more readily risk the failures that can lead to our best work.

Letting Go Takes Love

When It's Time To Let Go

LETTING GO TAKES LOVE
~ author unknown

To “let go” does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.

To “let go” is not to cut myself off,
it is the realisation I can’t control another.

To “let go” is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To “let go” is to admit powerlessness,
which means that the outcome is not in my hands.

To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another,
it is to make the most of myself.

To “let go” is not to care for,
but to care about.

To “let go” is not to fix,
but to be supportive.

To “let go” is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.

To “let go” is not to be in the middle, arranging the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies,

To “let go” is not to be protective,
but to permit another to face reality.

To “let go” is not to deny,
but to accept.

To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.

To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take every day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it.

To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To “let go” is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.

To “let go” is to fear less and love more.

8 Ways Gratitude Boosts Happiness

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  1. Promotes the savoring of positive life experiences. Relishing and taking pleasure in the gifts in your life raises your awareness and experience of satisfaction and enjoyment in your current circumstances.
  2. Boosts self-worth and self-esteem. Realizing how much others do for you and how much you have accomplished helps you feel more confident.
  3. Helps in coping with stress and trauma. Gratitude helps to positively reinterpret stressful or negative experiences.
  4. Encourages moral behavior. Grateful people are more likely to help others and show compassion.
  5. Builds social bonds. Cultivating gratitude helps in experiencing a sense of connectedness.
  6. Inhibits invidious comparisons with others. If you’re genuinely thankful and appreciative for what you have, you’re less likely to envy others.
  7. Deters or diminishes feelings of anger, bitterness, and greed. Gratitude is incompatible with negative emotions.
  8. Prevents the tendency to take things for granted. Cultivating gratitude thwarts the hedonic adaptation that often happens over time after something exciting and new enters our lives. 

Source:  The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky