When you wake up, find a quiet space to sit alone then say: I have awoken inside a human body. I will make today count. I will treat each person I come in contact with in a kind and respectful way, recalling that just like me they are on earth in search of joy and peace. I will strive to give the best version of myself to everyone I encounter. And when I get it wrong, and act or speak inappropriately, I will not condemn myself as bad. Instead I will try to rectify the situation, or simply acknowledge what I did, endeavouring to live with more awareness as I continue on my path. I am not going to waste time complaining about what I imagine is missing in life, rather, I will take steps toward manifesting the change which I desire. As life is here to be enjoyed, I will not be too serious about the pursuit to advance and improve myself. It is true, I have the capacity to do great things, but I must continue to cultivate the virtues of patience, acceptance and discipline, trusting that at every moment, I am exactly where I need to be. For joy and peace to flourish, I must seek to find a balance between effort and ease. It is enjoyable to play and necessary to rest, and when I take refuge in one of these escapes, I will not believe I am doing something wrong. My most important mission on earth is learning to love myself unconditionally, for it is only when I feel love for myself that I am capable of giving love to others. I remind myself now that every moment spent feeling dissatisfied truly is a moment lost. And finally, forgetting the miseries of the world, the problems I am battling, and the challenges that await me, I thank you life, for giving me the opportunity to be here now.
What is holding you back? We can let it go. Look inside the mind to see the cause of your unrest. Whatever it is you’re grappling with, perhaps you’ve dragged here from the past, or imagined is waiting in the future. It’s not now present, is it? So what is holding you back? We can let it go. There’s no need to be forceful or fearful, to create elaborate plans or change life all that much. All we really need to do is be honest with ourselves. And I know it’s not easy, but come on, we’ll do it together. What is holding you back? We can let it go. #presence #letgo #acceptance #bangkok #bangkokyoga #headstand #yoga #sirsasana #muktahastasirsasana
One of the great benefits of learning yoga is improving the way we respond to situations we find ourselves in throughout life. We don’t have the power to control everything that happens in life, we know this already. But we do have the power to control the way we respond to everything that happens. Perhaps this is one reason we place our body in unnatural and uncomfortable positions, because our yoga poses serve as mirrors for the challenging situations we find ourselves in throughout life. Once we are in the pose, accepting that there is nowhere to go, we breathe deeply, knowing that nothing lasts forever. When the pose doesn’t feel quite right, as is often the case, rather than restlessly trying to change things, we find an acceptance for reality as it is, enjoying the moment. When we fall out of a pose, as it often happens unexpectedly, we are seeking to perfect our automatic response to failure, or that which is unexpected. We learn to let go of our seriousness: smile, laugh, and again find balance and composure in an instant of discomfort, without thought of giving up. What we’re endeavouring to do here is not force ourselves, yet not hold ourselves back either. We are trying to find our edge while still remaining peaceful, joyful. Time and time again we return to our mat, and during this moment of exploration, something more is revealed to us; waking us up, helping us to grow, evolve.
On the balcony outside my bedroom, there are some plants. This one’s a lotus. The miracle of the lotus is that its bulbs are buried in the mud beneath the water’s surface. Day after day, as the sun lights the sky, the tiny buds containing the beginnings of lotus flowers see the light and reach toward the surface. The light inspires the lotus flower to achieve its potential, to become the greatest version of itself, and to reveal its beauty to the world. It asks: “Why stay here lingering in darkness, when I have the power to move toward the light?” And although it may feel daunting, we can ask ourselves this too.
Today I woke up smiling then jumped out of bed, opening the door to my balcony. I went outside to say good morning to the sun, and it was shining brightly to say good morning to me. I went back inside to make a cup of black coffee then started thinking. From where did these beans come to arrive before me? And how could I be so lucky as to have clean water to mix with the coffee? I’m truly blessed, I thought. After drinking my coffee on the balcony with the sun and the birds singing their morning song, I put on some clothes and shoes, grabbed a bottle of water then ran to the park. When I got there I ran a little bit more, then I was tired, so sat on the grass to practice breathing exercises. I really like practicing breathing because it both energises and relaxes me, and when I notice my breath, it reminds me I’m still alive. Then I feel happy and lucky and full of life all at the same time. I finished my breathing practice, said hi to some turtles, then started walking home. And on the way an old Thai lady smiled at me. I smiled back then thought about how when we smile at strangers, we’re acknowledging that while neither of us own the earth, it’s also both our homes and by smiling we’re saying: “You’re alive and I’m alive too. We’re pretty lucky right? Let’s smile in celebration.” I kept smiling as I continued my walk, then arrived home hungry so got busy in the kitchen, before returning to my balcony to eat breakfast with the sun and birds. I ate avocado on bread with lime and pepper on top, watermelon, a banana, almonds and brown rice milk. I was amazed that all this food somehow ended up in front of me, and although I knew they couldn’t hear me, I thanked the farmers that grew the food and all the people involved in getting it to me today. I was already satisfied but went back inside to grab a coconut and my machete. Then I chopped it open and drank every drop of the delicious water inside, before taking this photo. So that’s the story of my morning and this photo. I hope it reminds you life’s a celebration, you’re very much a part of it and most importantly, it’s happening now. Have a great day.
#life #living #presence #lovethismoment #lovelife #today
If you ever feel like the world’s only person unsure of what you’re doing in life, as though you’re lingering in one place as all the others are moving ahead, it’s time to be reminded of something. Everyone else is in the same boat. It’s a really big boat and together we’re sailing into the unknown. There are people acting like they know where the journey’s going, but really, nobody does. Some are just good at pretending. The future is uncertain and the only way to live with peace in your heart, is to teach your mind faith. Believe in yourself and believe in this journey. Everything that’s happened has brought you to where you are today. There’s nothing to fear, just a hundred reasons to trust that life is on your side. Look around, everything is as it needs to be. Now go forth, sailing bravely into unknown.
Yoga is a celebration of life in this moment. It is detaching from whatever it is that came before and anything that may come next, to just be here now. Even if only a drop is tasted, sipping the nectar of divine presence is the ultimate feeling we experience in life. And whatever it is we do to bring ourselves home to this place of contentment, be it painting, running, playing music, doing asanas, lifting weights, swimming, making love, gardening, cooking, or anything else that lets us feel “I am here,” is yoga. Because yoga is a celebration of life in this moment. #iamhere #yoga #asana #bangkokyoga #bangkok #thailand #letgo #presence #whatisyoga #thismoment #celebration #headstand #tripodheadstand #sirsasana
People are sometimes surprised to discover I teach yoga. I get it, I don’t embody what they expect of a person filling this role. I love drinking alcohol, smoke cigarettes sometimes and am happily single and free. Yoga keeps me balanced. If I didn’t have it in my life, my vices could consume me. So for whatever it is we do in life, we do it in the way that’s right for us. This is changing from moment to moment, as we grow and evolve. Now look at yourself. You’re doing the best you can with the tools you’ve been given. Don’t believe you are inadequate for not fitting the blueprint, of what society says is the way a person such as yourself should live. Accept yourself as you are, without feeling guilty for doing whatever it is that makes you feel alive. This is the way to discover who you truly are: let yourself be you. Of course over time, effort to make positive changes in your life, but do not reject yourself now. If you do, this nasty habit will stay with you even as you grow. The most important thing I have to teach anyone, indeed the most vital lesson I have learned, is self love. Every single one of us deserves our own love. To waste another precious second thinking you are not good enough is a mistaken thought. You are good enough. Love yourself. #loveeverymoment #loveyourself #acceptyourself #selflove #blackandwhite #b&w #portrait #yoga #yogaeverywhere #yogainbangkok #fuckyeahyoga #bangkok #thailand #beherenow #presence #acceptance #selfacceptance
Let go of your seriousness, just let it go. Seriousness is a cancer of the soul, the greatest cancer; eating your inner peace as it consumes you fully. Living well is being playful, relaxed and unworried. Truly, whatever has happened is of no real importance. Life always continues. Let go of your seriousness and life will continue. #india #mysore #travel #yoga #eaglepose #garudasana #fuckyeahyoga #yogaeverywhere #seriousness #letgo #relax #loveeverymoment #lifeisgood