Depression and Anxiety

 

Emotions can help us or hurt us physically. Living with heavy energies in or around the body is hard. It becomes more difficult to function day to day because the thought of the performing everyday activities can seem as momentous as climbing the Great Pyramids. One way to find your way out of this heaviness is through a personal practice of yoga and meditation. I do not mean a full blown workout. Yoga is so much more than that. Yoga, breath work and meditation will help lighten your whole self. It is only through lightening the heaviness in the mind, body and human spirit that we can return to balance.

Start slowly. It can be as simple as nurturing the body with good food while you mindfully enjoy each morsel or try taking a few minutes several times a day to breathe deeply to slow down the nervous system. One of my favourite ways to nurture the body is by allowing your body to truly relax, bit by bit during a guided progressive relaxation meditation. Even the most anxious person can do this type of meditation as it gives both the mind and body something to do while relaxing. It is a great place to begin. The more you practice, the better you become at anything, including yoga and meditation. 

We do not have to stay in chronic stress, we only have to allow peace of the heart to intercede and it will take care of the rest. Begin with the things you can control. Begin with your breath, move it into your heart and live from this place.

Comparisons

People are different in their nature and in their thoughts and behaviours. To compare yourself to, or compete with, another does nothing to help you, as you will never be the same as anyone else. Even if there are similarities between individuals, you will never be two of a kind. Be proud to stand out and be different. Be content to lift the spirits of those whom you come across without feeling that you do it better or worse than anyone else. Your skills are unique to you. Your heart is unique to you. You are a gift to the world, just as other people are a gift, as well. Not better, not worse. The package may look the same, however, inside the essence of who you are will be unique to you and to the world. Set out to create a path where the goodness in you soars along with the goodness in others, not soaring above them, but together. Here you will find peace.

Each Day...

Each day begins with the seed of an idea. When that seed is planted and nurtured, it will grow. If the seed does not get planted, how can it grow…Plant the seeds. Nurture your ideas so that they grow into something far beyond what you ever could have imagined. Don’t delay.  Some ideas take longer to germinate. Don’t be discouraged by that. Sometimes a small idea lies just below the surface ready to burst out and all it requires is a little bit of love. The universe provides you with the seeds but the rest is up to you. Be well.