Hello everyone, welcome back !
I hope you’re having an amazing week! The weather has been amazing here in San Diego, sunny and warm, which excites me and gives me more energy! For those who are in Southern California, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather as well!
Before I even go deeper on the topic of this week, I would like to share something very special with all of you. This is going to be amazing and special to me! I am going on an adventure for a month to India, and I’m leaving next week! Yay! The “reason” for this travel is to visit one of the most beautiful and exotic countries in the world, and to experience yoga and meditation from the source. It’s exciting to learn in India everything I can possibly learn about their culture and people. I am definitely stepping out of my comfort zone, and embracing the unknown. This is going to be the last post for the next couple of weeks since I won’t be able to access a computer while I am traveling and I am going to a different city every couple of days. Hopefully in a month I will be back full of energy and excited to share my experiences and what I’ve learned with you. Meanwhile I hope you have fun in whatever you do for the Holidays, be safe, and enjoy your time with your family and friends!
The topic for this week is ACCEPTANCE. I took a challenging yoga class a couple of days ago, and the “theme” for the class was self- acceptance. The teacher was telling the students about the importance of acceptance as the starter for a life full of happiness, inner peace, and joy. While she was sharing her thoughts about acceptance, I was diving myself into my practice and breathing. I noticed that my hips was very sore from practicing yoga. For those of you who don’t know me, I have tight and stiff hips, and yoga in this regard, is very helpful to build openness and flexibility. My hips are naturally tight, so I don’t necessarily need to force them to open. It will happen overtime and my hips will eventually open if I’m consistent with practicing yoga. So there is no rush! My perception was a shift on each and every posture, by accepting my body where it is at this moment with the limitations I currently have. I continue to do yoga by easily modifying hip opener postures. This felt amazing because I could breathe more deeply, and automatically while feeling a release on my hips, which felt great!
As I mentioned before, we can take so much learning from yoga practice, and apply it to our lives. Acceptance is the first step to meet peace and contentment in the present moment. It comes from the now and from the paradigm that we’re already full, whole and complete. We are healthy and capable of doing everything we want for ourselves to reach our dreams. I feel so happy having the life I have, and being who I am. It gives me the courage to face my fears and to see the world out there. This principle of acceptance goes way beyond our bellies. It starts with internal self-acceptance, then it spreads externally to our homes, families, friends, jobs, community, and eventually to everything and every person we interact with.
I have learned that acceptance is equal to GRATITUDE. I am very grateful for everything I have in my life, especially my beautiful supportive family and true friends who love me for who I am. I know that some things are great in theory but very challenging to put into practice. However, I invite you to embrace acceptance and gratitude in your life, right here, right now! All you need is a shift of paradigm in the way you see you and your life. The real transformation starts in the mind. “Being” is what we need to “Have”. You are already there. Remind yourself that you’re already perfect just the way you are. If it’s necessary for you to look back to the past, and remind yourself of all your accomplishments and achievements, do it! Then look back at this moment, and smile to yourself just for being healthy and alive. Once you start applying acceptance and gratitude to your life, you will notice a huge shift. You then start to laugh at yourself and smile at the world. You’ll then notice the world starts laughing and smiling back at you!
“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.“ ~ Buddha
Much love, light, blessing and respect,