SETTLE IN

Be Well Be Happy
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We can know ourselves. If we stop, we can think about what we are feeling, what we are thinking, what we are seeing, what we are hearing, what we are smelling, and if we’re eating, what we are tasting.  We are the keepers of our senses.  We are the keepers of our thoughts.  We are the keepers of our emotions. 

Sometimes we are so much outside of our bodies that we are not in touch with what is going on – physically, mentally, emotionally.  There is so much going on out there. A lot of stimulation in our world that is out there and we focus on all of it.  We become these bridge beings who are somehow originating within the physical body but really operating “out there.” This way of living tends to leave us unsettled, not peaceful, maybe a little agitated, maybe not, but something isn’t right.

The result of which is maybe not a restful sleep, or a little impatience in certain situations, or a sense of heaviness or sadness. Whatever it may be, it is a result of not being in tune to the inner life – the friend inside. The only way to do that is to take the time to “settle in.” 

The greatest lesson my yoga teacher shared with me during my yoga teacher training was this: Take the time to settle in with yourself, find your center, your wholeness, before you begin to guide a yoga class. I have taken this into many facets of my life, including work. Centering in to myself, closing my eyes, drawing my shoulders back so there is a subtle openness in the heart space, finding the secure inner place from which the core of my thoughts/feelings emerge. This is the essence of who we are. If we come from this place in all that we do each and every day – from this secure place – we will be happy. To be happy, healthy and whole is an intention that we can create on a daily basis allowing the energy to build behind the intention and propel it forward. It is possible only if we “be” inside, perhaps using the miracle of breath to get us there. 

When we come from this space and operate in our home, work and recreational lives, people will perceive a difference and rally around it. Everyone wants to feel good. And that is the beginning. I feel good. You perceive that. You adapt it within yourself.  Someone else perceives that from you.  And there becomes a chain of good feeling, well-being, peace and love. 

We must feel secure and whole in order to be able to give to anyone else.  Settling in to who you are, stripping away all of the “stuff” of life – hardship, conflicts in work or family – whatever it is – will bring you to the surface of living above the murkiness. Life happens!  A lot of stuff happens. We can look at it as “stuff” or we can look at it as all-consuming bringing down murkiness. We have a choice. What will you choose?

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

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