by Ilan Shamir
Stand tall and proud.
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth.
Reflect the light of a greater source.
Think long term.
Go out on a limb.
Remember your place among all living beings.
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
for each yields its own abundance.
The energy and birth of Spring.
The growth and contentment of Summer.
The wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall.
The rest and quiet renewal of Winter.
Feel the wind and the sun
and delight in their presence.
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
and the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life.
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty.
Drink plenty of water.
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes.
Remember your roots.
Enjoy the view!
Invite the practice of mindfulness into your morning or evening shower. Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and feel the sensations of the water on all sides of the body. Alternate left/right shoulders, front body/back body. Inhale the steam and smells of soap and shampoo. Listen to the rhythmic cadence of the water for a few slow, deep breaths. Notice your shower habitat as if it’s the first time you’re seeing it. Can you find something you hadn’t noticed before? Stick out your tongue and let the shower water bathe and cleanse your palate. Pause after you shut off the water and feel the very moment the comfort of the heat turns to chill. Feel the chill. Give yourself a hug and start the day with the affirmation, “Today will be a good day. I’m grateful to be alive to experience this new day.”
Carpe Diem – Seize the day, peeps!
This is one of my favorites by Pema Chodron…
“In life we think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem. The real truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together for a time, then they fall back apart. Then they come together and fall apart again. It’s just like that.
Personal discovery and growth come from letting there be room for all this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.
Suffering comes from wishing things were different. Misery is self-inflicted, when we are expecting the “idea” to overcome the “actual,” or needing things (or people, or places) to be different for us so we can then be happy.
Let the hard things in life break you. Let them effect you. Let them change you. Let those hard moments inform you. Let this pain be your teacher. The experiences of your life are trying to tell you something about yourself. Don’t cop out on that. Don’t run away and hide under your covers. Lean in to it.
What is the lesson in the wind? What is the storm trying to tell you? What will you learn if you face it with courage? With full honesty and – lean in to it.”