With the new year here, I can now ask… how many of you made inner peace a stipulation of your new year’s resolution?
I know for those of us who work on a yoga practice those couple hours a week can make a big difference. But if you leave the mat just to get pissed off the moment you realize your kid didn’t do their chores…. again… then what good has your yoga practice really done?
Here’s what I’m getting at: I’m talking about practicing that whole Namaste thing throughout your day and throughout this new year; and not just when your yogi is watching. It takes practice – that is why they call it yoga practice, right? But doesn’t it crack you up when the same chick that was OM-ing like her life depended on it gives you the finger when you inadvertently cut her off while leaving the parking lot?
Please don’t be one of those girls.
And don’t just play nice with each other, practice yoga off the mat by finding traits within yourself that bring out your peaceful nature. Such as selflessness. Or patience. Yeah, I gotta work on that one myself.
I came across this story of a guy named Scott Harrison on one of my favorite websites, Marie Forleo dot com. Scott was once a NYC club promoter who more regularly did drugs than he did volunteer work. He partied, jet-setted, and generally exploited every living vice there was to offer. Until he realized that life was about a whole lot more than that. Scott has now raised over 100 million dollars for wells in developing countries; 100% of the proceeds donated to his cause, ‘charity: water‘, go towards digging wells.
I’m sharing this with you because no matter how selfish or greedy our hearts can be sometimes — deep down we long for something so much more meaningful. Please watch.
With lot of practice, I am finding it easier to hit my own little ‘pause’ button, do a few yoga breaths, and move forward with much more focus and calm. Bringing what good I can to a world that needs it. Desperately.
Much love my friends, and best wishes in 2015!