Weekly Words of Wisdom – MIRROR

M I R R O R ~ “Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

While she might have had a mean streak, at least the Evil Queen wasn’t afraid to challenge her mirror to affirm what she already thought she knew. Whenever she asked, she fully expected to be validated that SHE was the fairest of them all.

Several of the rooms where I teach yoga have large mirrored walls that cannot be avoided. In rooms that are partially mirrored, I witness some students intentionally placing their mats in spaces to avoid being able to see their reflection.

Many times I’ll invite my students to look at their reflection in the mirror and I offer, “Behold yourself in all your glory!” I encourage them to witness themselves on their yoga mat, doing the best they can and continuing to show up.

The relationship we have with our own reflection is an interesting one. Truth is – I’ve spent most of my life criticizing myself every time I looked in a mirror. When I learned about Louise Hay’s mirror work, that began to change.

It’s awkward at first, though it does get easier with time and practice. You basically look at yourself in the mirror and speak the words “I love you.” Bring it on home by speaking your name: “I love you, [Deb]. I really love you.”

Practice this for yourself when you look into the mirror. Muster up as much love and compassion for yourself as you would for your best friend. In all your glory, doing the best you can and continuing to show up! You are worthy of your own love and affection, so look yourself in the eye and affirm that.

“Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

Why, you are my friend. YOU. ARE.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – ABUNDANCE

A B U N D A N C E ~ “My cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:5

What’s your relationship with money? Do you lean on the side of scarcity? Or do you know you are abundant beyond measure?

When I was a child, my mother worried constantly about how she would pay the bills and feed four hungry mouths. As a single mom, she struggled to make ends meet. I witnessed her angst and inherited her attitude toward money. Her mantra was: There is BARELY enough money to get by.

As a single mom myself in later years, I had the same fears. The first year after my divorce was particularly challenging, and I resorted to using a credit card to purchase groceries and put gas in my car. Eventually I found my footing and then I began to notice a trend.

Whenever an unexpected expense presented itself, the funds to cover it always showed up. I needed a new tire for my car, and I’d miraculously receive a surprise bonus from work to cover it! This happened over and over – time and time again. My money mantra became: There is ALWAYS enough money to get by.

Yet even that mantra limited me. I was always just getting by.

I eventually found myself transitioning from an attitude of scarcity to one of abundance where money was concerned. I realized that the way I THOUGHT about money was essential when it came to financial security – that, and responsible budgeting, of course.

These days, not only is there ENOUGH money to get by, there’s MORE money than we need!

My current money mantra? My cup runneth over. I am abundant beyond measure in all areas of life.

What’s your money mantra, and has it changed throughout the years?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – NOTICE

N O T I C E ~ I went for a walk last week with my daughter, and along the way we saw this beautiful rose. “It looks like a sunrise,” she said as we snapped photos.

There are a few things I love about this. First, I love that my daughter noticed and compared the colors of this beautiful flower to that of a sunrise, and I love that we were both drawn to its beauty and paused to photograph it. I love that our Arizona winter allowed for an afternoon walk so we could witness the bloom.

This is the true meaning of “stop and smell the roses” (yes, it smelled lovely too!) – to slow down and notice something beautiful when you might be inclined to pass it by.

Anne Frank said, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

Here’s a tip if you find yourself feeling blue: look around! Look out your window and NOTICE the color of the sky. Close your eyes and take a deep breath – NOTICE how your inhale feels as it enters your body. Look around and see all of the colors that surround you – NOTICE the ones that you’re drawn to.

Being intentional with what you NOTICE can create the sweetest shift. Slow down, my friend. Stop and smell the roses.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – ZONE

Weekly Words of Wisdom: Z is for ZONE – You know that state of being when you are so focused on doing something you love that time and all of your cares just drift away? It’s that space and time where nothing else matters and you find yourself completely absorbed in the moment.

Being in “the zone” is different for everyone, and I hope as you read my words you have a clear idea of what puts you in your zone.

I’m in my zone when I practice yoga. I’m in my zone walking on the beach – and almost anytime my bare feet are on the earth. I’m in my zone when I draw mandalas and when I stir cookie dough. My yoga practice has helped me to be more mindful in my actions, and as a result I find that I’m in my zone during times when I’m not only doing what I love, but I’m allowing myself to be fully absorbed in it.

Being in our zone on a regular basis is a healthy habit to nurture. It fosters a deeper sense of joy, and helps us build a resilience to stress.

What puts you in your ZONE? And when is the last time you went there?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – YIN YANG

Weekly Words of Wisdom: Y is for YIN and YANG – A symbol and concept originating in Taoism, this well-known symbol represents the joining of opposites, two halves combined to create wholeness, and bringing balance to all things.

The dark side of a yin-yang symbol represents YIN – the slower paced, softer and more feminine aspects of this life experience.

The light side of the symbol represents YANG – a more energetic, faster paced, masculine side of things.

The YIN side of the symbol contains a seed of yang (the dark circle), and the YANG side holds a seed of yin.

YIN and YANG is such a broad concept to consider, and it’s such a human thing to do. When we label something as beautiful, there is a contrast that’s considered ugly. When we label good, we therefore define evil.

Day slips into night, and night turns into day. Black and white. Light and dark. Joy and sorrow. Left and right. Without one, there cannot be the other.

Bring balance to your life by allowing yourself to exist in-between, resisting the urge to cling too tightly to one or the other. Too much yin makes us feel stuck and sluggish, so inviting a little yang practice can bring balance. Too much yang can create burnout, so it’s important to take time for rest and relaxation.

What areas of your life could be softened with YIN? And where can you add a little more YANG to energize this life?

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