Nov

12

Watch Yo Mouth!

I want you to think about the sourest lemon you've ever tasted.  Like an actual lemon, not a metaphorical one.  Now pick up that lemon and squeeze it.  Watch the juice trickle out.  Imagine sinking your teeth into it.  

What kind of physical reaction are you having right now?  Is your mouth watering?  Did your lips pucker up?  Science calls this a conditioned response.  It's a physical reaction triggered by a mental stimulus.  

Our lives are filled with conditioned responses like that.  Each one of us has tons of reactions that, through repeated experiences, have become totally automatic.  In yoga, we call these samskaras.  They're like grooves in the brain and each time we have the same reaction, that groove gets deeper and deeper.

There are triggers you use that will affect your spirit surely as the thought of that lemon affected your body.  Those triggers are WORDS!  

Words (even the words you speak...

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Jun

24

Hanging On By A Thread?

Ever feel like you’re hanging on by a thread?

Me too!  Been hanging on for a few weeks. I’m not the best wife, mother or teacher when I’m in this “space” so I know I can’t stay there long. 

So below are a few tips that are getting me through and maybe they'll help you too.  If you're not in a space that requires "hanging on", then save this for later....because you will....because life.  

  • Recognize you’re in this space - being AWARE of something, gives us the opportunity to do something about it. Otherwise, we’re allowing our emotions to dictate our words and actions. And when we're in a stressed out state, allowing our emotions to dictate anything isn't good.

 

  • When our emotions dictate our words or actions, apologize. We aren’t perfect. But when we make a mistake, we should do everything we can to make it right.  I’ve had to apologize to my children more than I’d like...
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