Hello lettuce heads!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Easter. Mine was GREAT-time with family, friends, scrumptious food, fabulous workouts, and despite the craziness, some self reflection. Not sure if it was my hour long run with my brother- in which we talked about life, getting out on my bike for 25 glorious miles on the road, being surrounded by those I truly love the most, or coming back to a place of reflection and prayer that I always achieve when I put my hands together, whether in Church or at the dinner table-but I have quite a message to share today…
Here is my week/weekend reel full of loved ones and fun times:
…I grew up wondering what was so cool about people who wanted to come off average, those who didn’t want to look like they worked hard, and as I age…(birthday next week!!!) Ive continued to question myself and others’ ability to feel sorry for ourselves, or to want to struggle, never to come off blessed, happy, or fortunate- maybe at the fear of coming off cocky or spoiled. However, the more I read, self reflect, read, self reflect again, I realize that in much in the same light that we must let ourselves shine in our abilities, we must shine in our happiness. If we make a shift to decide on happiness, we can truly encounter anything. We dont have to go through what others go through or dont go through. Our journey is not theirs. It is ours. So if you feel like you havent been through anything and dont deserve to walk around happy, you’re wrong. Everyone has the ability to live their life in the energy that they choose.
Im definitely not saying to numb our feelings and just be happy. It seems to me that happiness is achieved after finding a solution to what might be wrong in the first place, or always. When something bothers me, Im practicing to listen to what it is, why, to feel it out and then decide on how to best handle it so I can move on with peace and love. If you want to stop reading now and ask yourselves, “Hey how much yoga has Maria been doing lately? She sounds all star fish fingers and namaste. Well yeah Ive decided to not only practice health in my fitness, but even more thoroughly by treating my body as a temple with better fuel, and by improving my mind, feeding it vitamins instead of junk.
What are you doing to get in touch with whats important to you? How are you taking care of yourself so you can take care of others? How are you feeding your mind vitamins? It all starts here after all. There is indeed this huge stress for perfection in balance. Ive been reading a lot from author, motivational speaker, Danielle La Porte and I agree with her, thats NOT the point. I know there will be things Ill never progress in. If you read her articles, she asks you to release the pressure to achieve this perfect balance. If theres things you know are either important to you and/or you’re good at, work on those and be GREAT at them. Be excellent, this is how we stray away from average and let our lights shine. So what Im saying that is in order to achieve your fabulosity, one must forget about balance, but rather take care of oneself in body, mind and spirit in order to find your specific blue print for YOU. The blue print that maximizes YOUR gifts and talents, whatever that may be.
By reading her articles and motivations, Ive also found Gabrielle Bernstein. I just ordered her book “The Spirit Junkie”. Im stoked. It doesn’t just happen to be that I listened to one of her meditations, moving me to tears, emphasizing the importance of love over fear, or that the foreward of her book is from Marianne Williamson, who is the source of my all time favorite quote, “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, its that we are powerful beyond measure”, but its mostly her message to experience the miracle of life…not being so hard on oneself, because how are you to know better?, but that you know now, and now is the time to do something about it. Now you know you want more and want happiness, because now you know theres no shame in wanting this, you and all others deserve this pursuit and even better, achievement. I cannot wait to dive deep into this book. Surely it will influence my future posts here on this blog.
I definitely dont have it all figured out, but recently Ive not only begun to fuel my body with purer food, but have wanted to activate my mind, and flex my soul. Its been incredibly rewarding, and Id be doing myself and all of you a disservice by not sharing my enthusiasm. I find the need to rally you all to read, self reflect, read, and self reflect again with me. Have no shame, even calling them self help books if you must, and find inspirations in every moment, surrounding yourself with people, books, sites, and messages to lead you to a better you. Whats so cool about not caring anyway? I am phenomenal. I am blessed. I am happy. Im flexing my soul- join me!
Maria, Like the Lettuce, Romaine xoxoxo