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Day 538

It’s only by bringing a habit into your conscious awareness that you can observe what it’s doing, how it empowers and serves you or doesn’t ~ Jeff Olsen

Today I jumped around a bit on the Yoga With Adriene February calendar. Today’s video was 38 minutes but instead I deided to do the 20 minute Yoga for Loneliness (even though I’m not feeling lonely!) but I remembered it was a gentle low to the ground pratice (yay!) which is what I was feeling I wanted, and also I was able to do it before work (mainly because my dog woke me up early by barking to be let outside so I got up at 5:30!

Today’s Daily Calm meditation was entitled The Moth’s Mistake – and was talking about comfort and how moth’s mistake a burning flame for the comfort of light, but that could end up causing more suffering rather than comfort! So it’s important to notice when you are looking for comfort – what are you looking for it in? food? alcohol? shopping? and how long does the feeling of comfort last? If it is a detrimental sort of comfort (i.e. overeating for comfort, or drowning sorrows in alcohol or going on a shopping spree), maybe it’s the wrong kind of comfort for you!

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Day 537

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance ~ Oscar Wilde

Today was yet another day of after work yoga, from the Yoga with Adriene February Calendar! Because her 35 minute Love Yoga Flow was too long first thing in the morning to do along with meditation!

And today’s Daily Calm that I did in the morning about about Self Esteem, which is why there’s the quote from Oscar Wilde about loving yourself – self love = high self esteem!

Day 536

What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that ~ Eckhart Tolle

Today was another day that I did my yoga after work…because it was Yoga With Adriene’s TRUE Day 3 – Stretch, which was 34 minutes, not enough time for that plus the 10 minute Daily Calm before going to work in the morning!

Today’s Daily Calm was entitled Voices and it talked about how we are not the voices in our head, we are not our thoughts… but we are the witness or observer of all the conflicting voices in our heads!)…hence the quote above by Eckhart Tolle.

Day 535

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for ~ Maya Angelou

Today I did the Daily Calm first thing before leaving for work – it was about taking Dedicated Rest – not dealing with anything for a period (a day is often sufficient! you don’t need to go hide away in a cave for a week or a month). Just take some time for you – read a book, watch some entertaining tv or movies…

I did the Yoga with Adriene Greet The Day Yoga after work…because it was 40 minutes and I didn’t have time to do it in the morning!

Day 534

Through lovingkindness everyone and everything can flower again from within ~ Sharon Salzberg

This morning I woke up about 7 and did the new Yoga With Adriene video, Peaceful Warrior Yoga, just under 30 minutes. It was great! Nice and fairly gentle.

Then I did today’s Daily Calm which was a loving kindness meditation – may I be happy, may I be safe, may I be healthy, may I be at peace, focusing on the heart centre and sending out ripples of loving kindness not just to yourself and loved ones but to people who you find difficult at the moment, and then ripple out more to people in your community ircutuo, country, the whole world!

 

Day 533

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people ~ Karen Salmansohn

I woke up at 6 this morning, did yoga With Adriene’s 37 minute Yoga for Stress Relief video which was nice because it was mostly on the ground!

Then I did the Daily Calm which was about Random Acts of Kindness because this week is random acts of kindness week in the US. Doing Random Acts of Kindness is good because you never know what someone else might be going through and doing a small act like letting them go in front of you in line at the grocery store might mean the world to rhem and change and brighten their day!

 

Day 532

Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘you owe me’. Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky!

I woke up at 5am feeling gross and nauseous, so decided to get up and do Yoga With Adriene’s 50 minute Self Love practice. I continued feeling nauseous throughout and thought of stopping part way through a few times but persevered and finished it (and now I’m back in bed to read and rest).

Then I did the Daily Calm which was about doing something nice for someone, a random act of kindness, without conditions , without it benefitting yourself. Most people when they do something good for someone else, it usually isn’t unconditional but that they get something out of it as well. Doing something good for someone might make you look good, might get you praise or compliments. A way to do an act of kindness unconditional, just for the good of it without expecting anything in return is to do it anonymously!