Yoga for the Mind: Give yourself permission…

... to just be

Feeling Centered - Week 2

Who do you usually ask for permission?
Why can it be so difficult to stop and smell the roses - or whatever it is that would offer a refreshingly beautiful scent of life to you? Where does this feeling come from that we need to rush through our day?

No wonder that we end up exhausted, depleted, uninspired at the end of it, if our day just has been another mad rush. And it can be so easy to change this, to turn things around, to make each day count in terms of feeling good about it, because there was not only achieving and 'getting things done' happening, but there was some

appreciation too and moments of awareness with deliberately putting our focus on something nourishing for the soul. Stopping the rush in the day with moments of appreciation and gratitude can make a world of difference for us with how we end up feeling about our day!

These moments when taking some conscious quality breaths, taking in some fresh air deeply, or some beautiful scents, or simply allowing ourselves the release of some tension with some good long exhales, work true magic. Or weaving in some compliments to someone, making someone's day with noticing something beautiful about them or acknowledging some good they have done. That is an easy way of giving, which nourishes ourselves too.

One little permission at a time and we are creating our own empowerment to live and enjoy life in a whole new way!

And when you notice that you are really happy with what you have accomplished, then grant yourself a bit of a break and reflect on that - why did it turn out good or even great? And relish in that feeling of happiness about your success! The trick is to acknowledge also all the small steps which build the lead up to bigger success, and if you celebrate the small steps already that is what makes the journey towards accomplishing something really enjoyable and some hard work can, out of a sudden, feel like fun.

It is all about breaking down our tasks into enjoyable bits - then life gets much easier in an instant. Part of that is the art of pausing. Catching that moment before you get grumpy because it all gets too much, and grant yourself a break. Breathe, focus on something different for a while - maybe go for a walk, or make yourself a hot drink and relax.

Then reflect on what went well so far and give yourself some credit! It works wonders to do so and the great thing about that is, we don't have to wait for others to do so. It is in our own power if we only give ourselves permission to do so. It is freeing, it is satisfying, and if we practice it a little, it becomes really easy and fun. One little permission at a time and we are creating our own empowerment to live and enjoy life in a whole new way!

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