I’ve been exhausted this last week. Physically and emotionally exhausted. I can even say that there were a few days where I went to bed at 9 and had to drag my sorry a** out of bed at 6:30. So not me.
Yesterday, I decided that it was time to get out of my funk (hard to get out of a funk in this freaking weather). So, I planned some fun things: a run with two friends in the 5 degree temps, lunch with my Dad and then later in the evening 7:00 p.m. hot yoga (p.s. only in Minnesota does it take 35 minutes for me to start sweating in hot yoga!).
During savasana (the time when I’m supposed to relax … and I don’t), she told us to take some time to marinate in our awesomeness. I immediately thought of a salad (clearly I was hungry). Why would I marinate in my awesomeness? That’s what I encourage others to do. That’s not what I do for myself.
Then, it dawned on me … why don’t we marinate in our awesomeness? We should be congratulating ourselves for who we are and what we do (even the little or not-so-great things). Instead, we focus on what we don’t do or don’t do well. All the while encouraging others (which, of course, is a great thing to do!) but not ourselves.
Then, I heard this in the quiet of my mind:
There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live. Dalai Lama
Ok, now this 60 minutes is getting me somewhere.
Not only should we marinate in how great we are, but we should focus on us today! We should not worry about our decisions or failures yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. I (maybe we) need to remember to be thankful and peaceful and loving (of ourselves) today. This is so easy for me to do for others … but not myself. Sound familiar?
So, in the 10 seconds before my mind wandered to my grocery list, I congratulated myself for my decision this week, for taking care of myself, for allowing it to feel emotional and for not beating myself up (too much).
I want to remember appreciate me each day. I don’t want to have big expectations about what’s to come. I don’t want to have any regrets about what didn’t work out. I just want to enjoy me and the flaws in my day today … even if I’ve got 10 flaws before 8 a.m.!
Appreciate you and the awesomeness of your day today! Have a fantastic start to your week!