5/10/2012

daily inspiration

I was reminded today of the importance of having inspiring messages in our daily lives. I thought about the video I posted yesterday a few times and it helped me get through a few challenging moments today. Oddly, my yoga practice went well today, read : I experienced less pain. I also floated in and out of headstand like a pro. This journey is endlessly interesting. Some days I’m in the flow others if feels like I am in a fight.

A few years ago I got really into hanging giant affirmations up in my house. I had one in the bedroom, studio, hallway, and living room. They said things like: “I am full of love and light“, “I am precious“, and “I am making a difference“. Every time I walked by those yellow signs I couldn’t help but smile. They made me feel good. I enjoyed them so much I made them for friends to hang in their homes. As soon as I get all of these boxes unpacked and my house in order I am going to make myself a nice affirmation to hang on the wall. Once I had one posted on the ceiling above my bed. It was awesome to wake up each morning and read it first thing. Maybe I’ll do that again.

A psychic suggested to my mom years ago to write affirmations on post-it notes and stick them on her bathroom mirror. As a younger person I thought it was weird and woo-woo. Now I get it. My mind is a lot less cluttered with rapid fire negative thoughts than it once was and I am grateful. Developing a daily meditation practice has slowed my mind in a good way. It is true my thinking has changed a lot but I still benefit a great deal from positive messages. I follow some people on twitter so that I can be sure I am coming in contact with inspirational, grounding, heart-centering-words on a daily basis.

There are lots of good ways to allow uplifting and affirming messages into our daily lives. If you are busy like I am the more ways you open to the better. If you want to add more inspiration into your daily life consider any of the following suggestions:

 

+write an affirmation on a large piece of paper and hang it where you will see it everyday

+keep a daily reader of inspirational quotes and messages by your bed to read in the morning or at bed time

+follow spiritual teachers on twitter

+write an inspirational phrase on a post-it and stick it where you will see if often, mirror, computer, dashboard, wallet

+read books, magazines, or journals

+take a walk in your neighborhood

+spend time in nature

+watch videos on youtube

 

We can draw inspirational messages from a variety of sources. We can create them ourselves through writing or by spending time outdoors. We can also practice being open in each moment for the messages that come through others and our surroundings. I cannot tell you how many times I have been on a walk and had a great little conversation with a stranger that totally changed my day or read some graffiti about hopes and dreams that made me feel like I was part of something greater than myself. Find ways that work for you and start to incorporate them into your lives. I have no doubt these actions and practices will be a support when you need it as well as help keep you grateful each day.

With those final thoughts I am off to bed. I have a full morning of hiking on the west side with a friend followed by an afternoon of unpacking. I really hope to be finished and settled next week!

xoa

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