You are what you yogi.

I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with a friend about who we are v. who we ARE…or, if you missed my emphasis there, who we think we are (or even worse, who OTHERS think we are) v. who we want to be and can be.

This friend is moving across the country (hey friend, who sometimes reads this blog!) and I’m so happy for him because I think sometimes you need a true fresh start to make those kind of changes because making changes to yourself and your life when everything around you is staying the same is a little scary and sometimes requires you to be stronger than you thought you could be…but that’s all part of being the person you are meant to be, right?

Anyway, that’s like deep-deep and what I’m going to talk about now is not-not, but I saw a connection. How do my philosophies on self-actualization relate to yoga? Please, I’m so in love, I’ll make anything relate to yoga and according to a quote I found this week…

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

So I practiced yoga this week.  Daily.

Even though I thought I was someone who blows off yoga when things come up or when I get distracted or just when I feel like I have been working hard and deserve a day off. And my practiced deepened in those seven days even though I thought I didn’t have plow or headstand (got that one too).

Even though I thought I was someone who would phone it in just for the sake of being stubborn and finishing it, I pushed myself at each class. Even though I thought I was a level two or three, I found my level one classes yesterday and today to be just as challenging because they moved a lot slower and holding poses is just as tough, if not more so, than a fast-paced flow.

So, am I continuing on to 30 days and beyond? Nope.  I have fun plans tomorrow that conflict with all the sessions at my gym, so my streak is coming to an end.  I’ll get my 30 days sometime this year but for now I’m turning my focus to my half-marathon…and, you know, self-actualization.

What I Wrote Wednesday – December

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

December 2011 (most of it anyway)

How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.
– Mary Engelbreit

It is stronger to act than to react.

Everything in life is temporary.  If things are good, enjoy it because it won’t last forever.  And if things are bad, don’t worry, it won’t last forever either.

A woman is too precious to compromise her good time or her happiness because things haven’t gone her way with a man.
You can’t control how a man expresses himself.  Love him anyway.
– Kristine Gasbarre, How to Love an American Man

It’s never a question of can you, but will you.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011

October 2011
November 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – November

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

November 2011

Start where you are and just keep going.
Makeunder My Life

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

Don’t approach today wearing yesterday’s glasses.

Happiness is not a reward, it’s a consequence.  Suffering is not a punishment, it’s a result.

Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.
– Anais Nin

If someone wants to be a part of your life, they’ll make an effort to be in it.  So don’t bother reserving a space in your heart for someone who doesn’t make an effort to stay.

Someday is not a day of the week.

Taking time to live life will only inspire your work.

Stop waiting for things to happen.  Go out and make them happen.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011

July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
October 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – October

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

October 2011

The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Even if life was perfect, it wouldn’t be perfect.
– Yogi Berra

Change your words, change your world.

Things are how they are.
– Mike, Desperate Housewives (for shame)

Everything is going to be alright.  Maybe not today, but eventually.

Whatever you choose to do today, be great at it.

You are braver than you believe and stronger than you seem.

You must do the thing you think you cannot.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Never apologize for showing feeling.  When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
– Benjamin Disraeli

Life is not a supermarket.  Life can’t sell out of happiness.
– Caitlin Boyle, Healthy Tipping Point

 

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011

May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – September

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

September 2011

Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending.

Don’t open your umbrella until it starts to rain

Every day is a new beginning.  Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.

Somewhere, each day, we have to fall in love, with someone, something, some moment, event, phrase.  Somehow each day we must allow the softening of the heart.  Otherwise our hearts with move inevitably toward bynacism, bitterness, fear and despair.  We will move toward hardness. That’s where most of the world is trapped and doesn’t even know it.
– Richard Rohr

Work for a cause, not for applause.  Live life to express, not impress.  Never strive to make your presence noticed, just your absence felt.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is not happiness without action.

When you stop working with your “shoulds” and start focusing on the reults, you will finally get the change you are after.
MoneyTalks

The first step toward getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t.

The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.

Be miserable or motivate yourself.  Always your choice.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011

April 2011
May 2011
June 2011

July 2011
August 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – August

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

August 2011

If you want to do something, really do it, in the moment, without what-might-have-beens or what-might-bes.

Settle less.  Expect more.  Live bigger.

As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost.  And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.
– Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

When you’re open to receiving them, the possibilities just keep coming.
– Oprah Winfrey

It will all add up to something, even if it’s disconnected now.

Looking at something too closely complicates things.  Get a new perspective.

Every day might not be good, but there’s something good in every day.

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

The race is long.  To finish first, first you must finish.
You can’t know what happens before it happens.
That which we manifest is before us.
The car goes where the eyes go.
– The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – July

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

July 2011

Don’t let the future steal the present.

Be grateful for past experiences, focus on present blessings, create lasting change in my attitude toward the future.

Move with the flow.  Don’t fight the current.  Resist nothing.  Let life carry you.  Don’t try to carry it.
– Oprah Winfrey

You can’t control everything that happens, but you can control your reaction.  Be positive, be strong, be calm.

Storms make trees take deeper roots.
– Dolly Parton

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
 
– Anais Nin

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – June

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

June 2011

At any given moment, you have the power to say: “this is not how the story ends.”

You don’t have to like or love everything in the usual sense. The good and beauty far exceed the bad and ugly.  Have your preferences and go where you’re drawn.
 – Letters from the Universe

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – May

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

May 2011

Never say “no” to adventures!
– Ian Fleming

A bad attitude limits choices.

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
– St. Catherine of Sienna

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011

What I Wrote Wednesday – April

I love quotes. The right ones always seem to find you exactly when you need them. When they really speak to me, I write them down in my day planner. As the year wraps up, I’m going back to pull out what I wrote, month by month. It’s interesting to go back and think about what was going on in my life at that time, why those quotes meant something to me then and what they mean to me now.

April 2011

Do one thing every day that scares you.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Anxiety is love’s greatest killer.
– Anais Nin

Previous posts:
February 2011
March 2011