I hope you'll enjoy this re-rebroadcast of one of my all-time favorite blogs and episodes of The MOJO Show this week. Apparently it's one of your favorites, too, as the 2nd most downloaded MOJO Show episode! Whenever I catch myself getting daunted by the seeming enormity of it all (and that can be more frequently than I would hope), I remind myself of the nuggets of wisdom in this episode. I hope there's some insight here for you, too, that helps with whatever looming things you've got going on in your week.
Change can be difficult, and boy have we had a lot of changes around MOJO lately! Catch up with Jean Marie and Scott and all the goings on, plus get the lowdown on the immediate future, contribute your thoughts, and pickup some handy resources to help you handle any of your own changes with a little more grace and a lot less AACK!
I hope you'll enjoy this rebroadcast of one of my favorite blogs and episodes of The MOJO Show this week. Team MOJO is busily preparing to be part of Hawaii's biggest entrepreneurial and tech startup conference at East Meets West. We're kicking off the conference with a yoga class on the beach and wrapping it up with an on-stage presentation of MOJO Yoga to all the people of startup land. Whenever I catch myself getting daunted by the seeming enormity of it all (and that's quite frequently), I remind myself of the nuggets of wisdom in this episode. I hope there's some insight here for you, too, that helps with whatever looming things you've got going on in your week.
Ever feel like you’re lost in the minutiae of day-to-day living? Are you overrun with to-do’s but have no idea where all those do’s are taking you? Me too. That’s why I started a visioning practice: to clarify my vision for my life and my big Why, infusing my to-do’s with inspiration and purpose. I want to share this practice with you this week, along with a Visioning Meditation below, to perhaps help spark some motivation for you in these dog days of summer.
Yoga is more than a set of postures, it's a way of life. I talk a lot about how yoga weaves its way into the fabric of your life, and there's certainly more to life than stretching and meditating. There just comes a point when it no longer makes sense to compartmentalize our yoga, when we can't help but apply what we learn in yoga to all the other stuff in our lives.
Balance. You hear me talk about it all the time. It’s at the heart of everything we learn, or at least seek to learn, in our practice of yoga. And it’s probably one of the hardest things to understand, obtain, and most importantly, maintain.
Think about it in your physical practice. Think about what gets stirred up inside you when you’re trying to hold your most challenging balance posture...
You know by now that I'm sort of addicted to working on myself all the time. I'm constantly working on some project, either tiny or grand, that somehow or some way hopefully makes me better than I was the day before. That doesn't mean I'm always skipping down the yellow brick road with unicorns and rainbows. Nuh-uh. In fact, I'd venture to say it's one of the hardest, gnarliest, down-and-dirty paths I could've chosen because frankly, it's tough to deal with our own $h!t.
Some of the best things in my life came from Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. In fact, Bubba Gump's represents one of the best teachers I've had in my life, hands down. Yeah, the place with the tons of shrimp, plastic plates, and trivia about a 20+ year old film. Now, I've had some great teachers in my life thus far. Yet, relationships with teachers can come and go. To this point in my life, aside from my parents, who reign supreme at the top of the heap (I sure lucked out there!), none have stood the test of time and positive impact like good old Bubba's.
Ready to bust out your tool belts, folks? No, not the Tim the Tool Man type. I'm talking about the type of tool belt that you carry around inside your brain and your heart: the belt that carries all your tools for making your way in the world. Ruh-roh! Yeah, it's about to get hairy up in here.
It might surprise you to know that I, like many humans, have times when I feel like crap. Yesterday was one of those days, and honestly, I’m still not entirely over it. I’m not sharing this little tidbit with you for sympathy, though that is always embarrassingly comforting. Rather, I’m sharing my pathetic physical state with you as a wee exercise in vulnerability. You may notice that I tend towards the “I am a rock” side of things, which makes admitting feeling like poop pretty difficult at times.
How do you really feel about yourself? What expectation do you have of yourself? How about the people closest to you? Those you work with?
You see, I have a saying I got from my teachers: “expectations are the root of all suffering.” I want to change that. I’m starting to understand that our expectations are also the root of all of our happiness, our joys, our accomplishments, and our victories. The expectations, the feelings we have about ourselves, the people in our lives, and indeed everything we encounter, shape and even make our reality.
"Most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be." -Abraham Lincoln
Happiness: it's something for which we spend a lot of time and energy striving and searching. In our culture, happiness is something to be pursued. Yet, science has long demonstrated that happiness tends to be more of a propensity than a result. So, if happiness does indeed come from within, can we do anything to increase our propensity for it? Well, I believe yoga says absolutely yes!
I know you're probably still working on those goals and action plans (ahem, I definitely am). I know that it can also seem overwhelming to stand before a mountain of dreams you've created for yourself and now have to embark upon the tough climb to the summit. Let's get started together on the right foot. I want to share with you this week someone who has got me fired up about one of my goals for the year. His name is Hal Elrod and he is the author of "The Miracle Morning," all about what he believes to be the super special secret sauce that successful people all seem to share, and I just happen to agree with him. In a nutshell, the secret sauce is....drumroll please... Wake Up! To elaborate, if you wake up a little earlier than you have to every morning so that you can take some time to take care of yourself, you'll naturally be more productive, successful, and stoked on life. Duh, right? Then why aren't most of us doing it?