Saying No to certain people and situations hasn’t ever really felt easy for me. In fact, I’ve said yes many times when I wanted to say no. I felt that if I’d say no then I’d seem like a bad friend, but after years of not setting boundaries, I realized it was the opposite.
I started asking myself, ‘How can I constantly give to others when I’m not giving myself enough space and time to breathe?’
Here’s just one of the many examples where I hesitated saying no. My inner critic would tell me that I’m a bad friend for not going to my friends party even though my body and mind would tell me that I needed to stop, slow down and breathe.
So then showing up to my friends party turns into an emotional disaster because I’m uncomfortable in my body and all I want to do is sneak in the bathroom and pretend that I’m sick because I just want to be at home curled up in my bed.
Then everyone thinks I’m just in a bad mood and they don’t want to interact with me. Ugh. It’s a no win situation. I’ve held my own self hostage by not listening to what I really need.
After years of battling with whether I should say No, I finally woke up when I read the words ‘Saying no to you is saying yes to me.’
I realized that this applied to a lot of situations. Work, relationships, etc. I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all to just say no!
As I write this, I think of all the mothers and caretakers who wake up everyday and care for more than just themselves. I also write this with a feeling of guilt because I’m not one of them (although I am sorta because I wake up 5 days a week and show up for people. I show up and teach them about self care and yoga). These feelings inspired me to say that I bow to those women (and men) who show up everyday of their lives and take care of others. You are a true super hero. Remember though, it’s ok to set boundaries when you need to. It’s ok to say no. It is ok because when you show up for yourself you can then show up for others more fully.
You create who you are. I AM…. #iam #affirmations #yoga #practice #powerful #statements
Happy New Year!
I hope you have a wonderful 2015 filled with abundance and enlightenment.
This year I have many offerings that I want to share with you. Below are a list of my services that I’m offering.
*Private Yoga sessions for both adults & children
*Let Your Yoga Dance sessions
*Goddess card reading
Please email me for rates, specials etc… Peacefulgestureyoga@gmail.com
I’ve always loved the telephone. I loved my 2 sided swatch phone in junior high & my family was blessed to have 2 phone lines in the house. Then the invention of the cell phone came along & I started slowly talking on the phone less because texting was easier. Then came the iPhone and it all changed. Don’t get me wrong I love what an iPhone can do. I love how connected I am with my family, close friends & the outside world. I love how I can run my business from this small device. However, I love nature, I love yoga, and I enjoy just simply being. This year it’s my intention to live more fully without my phone. I survived without it for most of my life and I believe I can at least put it down for part of my day. Just like yoga this will become a mindfulness practice 🙂 #putyourphonedown #live #life #intentions #mindfulness #practice
Stay healthy this winter season by allowing yourself time to rest & rejuvenate. Giving yourself time to rest this winter will allow you to thrive & be vibrant all year. Here are a few of my favorite ways to feel good (all year long).
*Get some sleep. Sleep at least 8 hours per night & try to get to bed no later than 10pm
* Exercise daily. If you don’t like the gym try taking walks or dancing in your living room (or take a dance class at a nearby studio)
*Practice yoga. Yoga allows the body to naturally heal. It reduces stress and allows the nervous system to remain calm. When the body is stressed it’s impossible to thrive.
*Eat healthy. Remember you are what you eat. Treat your body like your sacred temple. Allow food to be your medicine & medicine your food.
These are just a few tips for feeling good. I could list more, but I’m starting with my top few. Here’s a recipe for a ginger tea in case you need to fight off any illnesses such as cold, cough, flu.
Cut and peel the ginger. Let it seep in water. Bring water to a boil. Once boiled add the water & ginger to a cup. Then add the lime and equal honey. I recommend keeping the ginger and using it again for another cup of this delicious and powerful tea.
Cheers to feeling good & vibrant!