My Mantra for 2017

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It’s the beginning of 2017, time to reflect and set resolutions.  For the past few years, I’ve had similar resolutions-things I want to think about and be conscious of throughout the year.  Recently, I’ve seen more people setting mantras than resolutions.  Having practiced yoga the past few years and really becoming connected in the past 6 months, this resonates more with me.  My instructors set an intention each practice, and I try to bring these ideas off the mat into my every day life.

So while some have been setting mantras for the year, I’ve been trying to think what mine will be.  But I’ve also realized that what resonates with me now, may not be the same intention I need in a week, a month, halfway through the year…so I’ve also decided that I’m going to set a mantra now, but know that it may change over time.

I was trying to figure out what mantra I would start with.  While at yoga the other day, my instructor was helping us focus on our own practice and not worry what people were doing around the room.  He often encourages us to take modifications and listen to our bodies while we practice.  So he kept repeating throughout class, “Right here, Right now”.  While continuing flowing, I also thought, “This is it!”

My first mantra of 2017 is “Right Here, Right Now”.  My focus will be on what I’m doing in the moment and enjoying it.  Not thinking about what already happened or my to-do list, or what events or deadlines are coming up.  When I continue thinking about the future or past, I don’t enjoy the present.

What’s your mantra?

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Power of Intention

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As 2016 has begun, I haven’t had a lot of time to sit and reflect about the past year and moving forward.  Overall, things are going well.  Many big changes happened in the second half of 2015-started a new job, moved apartments, started living with my boyfriend, and got a puppy!  At the close of 2015, I was on vacation, and when I returned home, I started work right away so there wasn’t a lot of time to stop and just think!  The One Word movement has gotten bigger, but I felt motivated by Athleta’s Power of Intention event.

Last Saturday, I attended Athleta’s event.  It was a yoga class, which always talk about setting an intention.  We focused on breathing, stretching, and meditating, and through this practice could personally set an intention for the coming year.  As a yogi, I think about what intention I want at the beginning of class; with so much floating around in my brain, this can be a challenge at times to let go and focus on one thing, to just breathe.

That is why for 2016 I am setting my intention to Enjoy the Moment and Stay in the Present.  I am busy with school and other activities; there are always thoughts running through my head.  I plan ahead and like to know what is going on.  But if I constantly think about what is happening next, I can’t enjoy what is happening now.  I get overwhelmed and stressed and don’t appreciate all the positives that do exist.  If I focus on what I am doing in the present, not what comes next, I will enjoy myself and what is going on around me more.
Cheers to a great 2016!

Living in the Moment: My #nerdlution

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When I first saw the hashtag #nerdlution, I thought it was funny, but also a good idea to start thinking of resolutions as the year winds down.  This has been a big year for me personally going through some challenges and struggles, but I persevered and am stronger than ever.  I have taken time to rediscover my values and what makes me happy; I have rebuilt my self-confidence and make decisions for what I want without feeling pressured by someone else.  For the first time in a very long time, I’m truly smiling and laughing again.

 

My #nerdlution is to continue my progress and live in and enjoy the moment.  Sometimes, there are so many activities going on and deadlines to meet that we’re focused on what’s coming next and rushing to get there.  Rather than enjoying what I’m doing, whether it’s teaching, meeting friends for dinner, or watching a sporting event, my mind is sometimes elsewhere and I miss out.  I know I’ll get where I need to go, finish a task, and be okay if it doesn’t get done at that moment.  I want to enjoy cooking, my favorite tv show, or the book I’m reading.  I want to enjoy the small moments at school: a child’s accomplishments, hearing a story from a student, receiving a friendly wave in the hallway, or running around the classroom because everyone is raising their hand and asking for help.

 

During the month of November, I participated in 30 Days of Gratitude; each day I wrote down one thing I was grateful for in my life such as my family, things I enjoy doing, or nature.  Gratitude goes with Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, but should be practiced all year long.  Take a step back, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the moment.  I’ve tried to stop obsessing over all the little details, have confidence things will work out, and know it’s okay to take some me-time.  I’m a much happier person and enjoy all my activities and people I’m with.  I’m proud in how far I’ve come, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!