“As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.”
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.”
Today, my husband and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It’s really special and a bit amazing to celebrate this big milestone together. (Look at how young we were!) There have been other big moments along the way – our wedding, the birth of our children, conflicts that have tested our relationship, and resolutions or choices that have made it stronger. But, what’s really worth celebrating is showing up for each other every day. The big milestones are notable, but what has gotten us here are the smaller moments – the mundane conversations about carpools, enjoying a brainless sitcom together, nursing a cold, and every other seemingly inconsequential interaction we share.
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.” -Simone Signoret
The practice of yoga is much like a long-term relationship. There are big moments and breakthroughs – the discovery of practice, finding your teacher, understanding your potential, or harnessing your energy. But like a marriage, it’s the seemingly inconsequential moments that really add up and create something worthy of celebration. It’s taking a deep breath. It’s finding your mat, meditation cushion, or moments of introspection throughout the day. It’s in seeing the light in one another and honoring one another. It’s accepting the practice that unfolds day by day. While individually these actions may not seem like much, they add up, multiply, and become something bigger.
So whether you’re in a relationship or pursuing your yoga practice, take a deep breath, show up, and find peace in the everyday work. Big milestones are guaranteed to manifest.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
“The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
One of the great things about the practice of mantra is that it can help change the negative reel of thoughts and feedback in your head that sometimes gets stuck on repeat. To reverse this trend, it can seem like a monumental task requiring superhero strength.
Recognizing our gifts or qualities we’d like to cultivate is a great way to get started. A good way to produce a mantra is to determine your personal strength or what you’d like it to be. Feel free to start small or think big. To match the strength needed and to add an element of fun, you could even imagine it’s your personal superpower.
For a little inspiration here are some of the mantras that I would assign to some of the strongest people I know, my sisters. Maybe one is a good fit for you.
Once you pick a mantra, use it for meditation, intention in class, inspiration, or as an affirmation mantra throughout your day. Put a new reel of thoughts on repeat, for example:
- “Compassion is my superpower!”
- “Style is my superpower!”
- “Humor is my superpower!”
- “Kindness is my superpower!”
- “Stamina is my superpower!”
There is greatness in you, even if you have a hard time seeing it right now. Using a superpower mantra might be just what you need to be able to see and appreciate your gifts and talents. Let me know if you pick a mantra and how it goes.
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”