Two lovely ladies had the giggles last week in my yoga class. Great giggles. Your eyes started watering just watching them. When did you last laugh so much that your belly hurt, eyes watered and you just couldn't stop? I reflected on my laughs to trace the really uncontrollable one but it was hard work. My brain took me all the way back to high school and showed me that some great laughs with my friends are still stored there. But what about the recent ones?
I'll return to the giggling ladies above. After the class someone else said - can I please have a bit of what you two are on? Ah! That's another way our brains work. They look for quick fixes. Magic bullets. We start new diet and think that our whole life will improve. Or new clothes, shoes, another self-help book maybe will do it?
From my experience nothing lasts except investing time and energy into getting to know ourselves a little better. Consistently and regularly. In fact consistency IS the magic bullet! Whatever we work on consistency will get us there - one step at a time. Looking after our health and wellbeing one step in a time will have us bursting into laughter spontaneously in no time. So all that is needed is to relax and take it one step in a time - book a massage, go to yoga, sleep longer, drink more water, meditate.... Just one step at a time.
'Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.' ~Don Miguel Ruiz
I would like to recommend you a wonderful little book by Don Miguel Ruiz which is called The Four Agreements. It's based on traditional knowledge of the Toltec from southern Mexico. I would really say that is a yoga book as it gives us valuable steps on our way to self - discovery and development.
Generally speaking yoga is an inside job. It teaches us how to bring self awareness into our body, breath and mind and from within it influences how we relate to the outside world. There are some yoga sutras that talk about yamas or the right conduct and also some to advise how to relate to particular groups of people but mostly we are diving deep within us in our yoga practise.
In Ruiz's little book I found very simple yet powerful guidelines that gave me great tools on relating to others and the world around me. He offers four agreements for us to make with ourselves and stick to them. These simple yet powerful agreements have the power to dramatically change your life in a positive way. Just like meditation clears your mind from the inside, these agreements clear your mind from the outside or through your actions.
So what are these agreements exactly?
1. I am impeccable with my word. Impeccable in a sense that I don't hurt myself or others with my word.
2. I don't take ANYTHING personally. Whatever 'unpleasantness' is coming from the other person it's more about them than about you. Always.
3. I don't make assumptions. Why waste time by making assumptions and get our thoughts and emotions running wild? Ask for clarification if you need to.
4. I do my best. Every time I try to do my best even though my best will be different on different days and in different situations. I won't always be impeccable with my word, I will probably take some things personally and I most likely will make assumptions but as long as I tried my best I am fine with that!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.