There’s a lot that holding a yoga posture can teach you about how to live.
You’re taught that when holding a posture, you should release any muscles not being used, such as around the eyes, forehead and throat.
Holding tension in these areas not only brings fatigue more quickly, but obstructs your flow of internal energy.
In life, how often do we hold onto thoughts and emotions that fatigue us and diminish our spirits?
What you should let go of
The past – Do you find yourself dwelling on the past? How does this help your present?
How much more energy would you have access to if you committed to never dwelling on the past again?
How would you use this newly acquired energy to create your dream life?
Difficult people – Over the weekend I knocked on the door of my neighbor above me, asking if she could close the toilet seat without it slamming (weird I know).
It’s so loud it’s startling.
Even though I asked nicely, she became defensive and acted unpleasant toward me.
I could have spent the rest of my day or even days being upset by this, but I committed to releasing it. To continue thinking about it wouldn’t serve me in any way.
When people act in ways that aren’t pleasant, that’s their problem, never replay that in your mind; it will diminish your energy which you can harness for your own projects.
Circumstances you can’t control – Things like being stuck in traffic or standing in a long line… there’s nothing you can do about this.
If you allow it to upset you, your spirits will diminish and your energy will be channeled into something that doesn’t benefit you.
You could instead release the tension and focus your mind on thinking pleasant thoughts, listen to an inspiring podcast… or anything else that could make productive use of your situation.
Focusing your mind on what you can’t control and getting upset over it drains you of your vital energy. Energy you could channel to areas of your life that would improve your life.
Do not indulge in that which won’t help you. Train yourself in this way.
Bamboo Forest is an Email Life Coach, helping people work on something in their life over the course of a month through email. He’s also the founder of Tick Tock Timer.
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