Weekly Words of Wisdom – YOGA

Weekly Words of Wisdom: Y is for YOGA – Obvs. 🙂 When I began practicing yoga (a long time ago) I really didn’t know what to expect. I had been curious about the practice for awhile, and back in my 30’s I was mostly focused on the physical aspects of yoga. I had never been athletically inclined, and yoga helped me feel strong in my body for the first time in my life. It was an amazing feeling!

Over the years, as my yoga practice has evolved, I still enjoy the physical postures and the strength I feel in my body. But yoga has another side – an almost magical side – that has seeped in and healed me on a very deep level. Releasing tension held in the body by using yoga postures/stretches and breathing techniques is such a back-to-basics way to care for ourselves. It’s the simplest yet most powerful work I know.

I knew from the very beginning that yoga would remain part of who I was for years to come. I remember thinking in those early days that it would be SO COOL to be a yoga teacher. To be able to help someone feel the way I felt at the end of a yoga class? That would be the most amazing thing ever.

And I was right. It is SO amazing!

Yoga changed my life in many ways, and now I have the honor of witnessing its gifts landing in my students. My life is awesome that way.

Search for a yoga class that fits you. Search for a yoga teacher that helps you feel comfortable on your mat. Keep showing up for your practice, and prepare to be amazed.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – XOXOX

Weekly Words of Wisdom: X is for XOXOX – Maybe you’ve been wondering what word I’d pull out my hat this week for the letter “X”. Well, that makes two (or 10) of us!

For as long as I can remember, my mom always signed her name after jotting down a few X’s and O’s to symbolize kisses and hugs. I’ve always done the same in correspondence with loved ones, and especially at the end of the weekly letter I write to my Grandma.

Sometimes, when I’m typing a “business” email, I almost forget and throw in XOXOX before my name. As I backspace out the characters, I mentally send a little blast of love and affection to the person at the other end of my correspondence.

How about you? Do you use X’s and O’s in correspondence to loved ones?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – WISDOM

Weekly Words of Wisdom: W is for WISDOM ~ The phrase ‘older and wiser’ really does hit home for me. I have never been concerned or had any hang-ups about getting older. In fact, the older I get the more I find myself relaxing into my life’s journey.

Wisdom is something that’s gained over time. We don’t achieve it from reading books, and the only school that offers a course in wisdom is one one called life. And experience.

So when Father’s Day rolled around this year, I set my intention on using the wisdom of my elder self to release some things I was still holding around my relationship with my dad. What a blessing to have reached a time in my life where I can distinguish between what his lessons were and what mine continue to be; not to mention, how our lessons have overlapped over the course of time.

I’m celebrating this season of my life because with maturity comes wisdom. There’s a deeper understanding, and I’m able to feel more compassion toward my dad because he had some heavy lessons to learn. I understand now that none of his personal actions represented his level of love for me, and they certainly didn’t determine my own worthiness for being loved.

With time comes WISDOM and with wisdom comes forgiveness, so…

Thanks for all the lessons, Dad. I love you. I forgive you.

How has time and maturity made you wiser? Are you able to look back at life’s lessons and realize their value yet?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – VULNERABILITY

Weekly Words of Wisdom – V is for VULNERABILITY – It feels vulnerable to share personal stories when you know others are looking to you for light. The thing is, I’ve been doing lots of deep thinking this past week with the recent news of statistics surrounding depression and suicide. As someone who has experienced the lows of depression, I kind of shake my head when I read social media posts that share suicide prevention hotlines and encourage those who are feeling low to reach out for help – just call this number… For me, it was never that easy. The times I’ve gone “dark” were times of isolation, and the last thing I’d want to do is pick up the phone and call anyone. (Though I do understand those prevention hotlines are very helpful for some folks!)

It feels vulnerable to share this message in my weekly words of wisdom. I really wanted to say V is for VACATION and how much I am wishing for one, but I kept circling back around to VULNERABILITY.

I’d be the last person to claim to have the answers about depression and/or suicide prevention, but I do believe it is important to have conversations around those things so that others who might be experiencing something similar know they are not alone. Maintaining a “big picture” focus rather than tunnel vision has always been my saving grace – to know that a sad day or week does not make a sad LIFE. Everything passes. Every. Thing.

So here’s me being vulnerable with my Weekly Words of Wisdom…

Know this: You are more than your hours of sadness. You are more than your temper tantrum or those words you spoke in the heat of the moment. You are so much more than that mistake you made 30 years ago and continue to beat yourself up over. You are kind and brave and resilient. You are here to forgive and be forgiven. How about you start with yourself? Hm?

Love,
Me

PS: This goes for YOU too! You are not alone.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – UNIQUE

Weekly Words of Wisdom: U is for UNIQUE – One of my favorite quotes is by D.M. Dellinger, and it goes like this: “You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.”

We are unrepeatable. In the entire history of humankind, there has never been another you or me. Ever. And in all the future, there will never be another You + Me = We on this planet.

Years ago when I lamented to an old friend that someone else was “weird,” he matter of factly replied, “Everybody’s weird, Deb.” And I was like, “Whoa…that’s true…”

Because it is true – we are all weird. Each of us has our own unique qualities – our own gift that we came here to share.

May we embrace our own UNIQUE nature, and learn to be more tolerant of the unrepeatable magic in others.

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