First of all… this poem called Joy For No Reason by Danna Faulds:
I am filled with quiet joy for no reason save the fact that I’m alive.
The message I received is clear – there’s no time to lose from loving,
no place but here to offer kindness,
no day but this to be my true, unfettered self and pass the flame from heart to heart.
This is the only moment that exists – so simple, so exquisite, and so real.
…You are beautiful, inside and out.
…Sometimes it’s tough. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. But you push through it and the relief at the end is a feeling unlike any other.
…The most valuable gift we can give our bodies is time.
…This breath in…this breath out.
…May you be happy, may you be safe, and may you live your life with ease.
…We always seem to be tied up in what has happened and what is happening later. But when we lock into our breathing, we are in the present.
…You are here, you showed up. You did the hard part.
…Appreciate that you are alive beneath your hands, that you are the only person under your hands that matters right now.
And don’t forget…
…If you can balance your body in here, you can balance anything out there.
…It’s okay if you fall. It means you pushed it to your edge, and you get right back up.
…You’re the most graceful fall-er I’ve ever met.
…Your pose is not going to look the same as any other pose, because every body is different.
…Every day, your body needs different things. One day you may be able to hold a headstand for 10 minutes, the next maybe you need to lie down into child’s pose most of the practice. Wherever your body is, is perfect.
…If you are really stressed or overwhelmed, try doing a few handstands. They take conscious effort and focus, so it diverts your mind for a minute, and brings your attention to your balance and breath. I think of it like hitting a mini restart button on whatever you were doing.
…We all know about the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would like to be done unto yourself. But did you know it goes both ways? You should do unto yourself as you do unto others.
…Find comfort in the discomfort.
…Whatever it looks like right now is beautiful.
…You’re sweating and you’re breathing: that’s all that really matters.
..Nothing changes if nothing changes.
…When the merry-go-round of thoughts come in, let them. But don’t get caught up on any that don’t matter in the right now. Just let them keep going around.
In case you need a reminder…
…You are enough, you do enough, you have enough.
…Practice self-compassion. Compliment yourself and appreciate your body just as you would another person.
…If your loved one was going through this, what would you tell them? Sometimes what we tell others is what we need to hear ourselves.
…Find softness in your edge; the furthest point you can push your body. Then exhale, soften, and push just an inch further. That’s where the change happens.
…Sometimes what we need is not what we want.
…Heart open, back straight, booty low.
…It’s so easy to just send a text, or post a photo. Showing up, being present – that’s showing passion, commitment, appreciation, drive.
…Just being here, right now, adds to the dynamic of the room. If one person was missing, this whole practice would be different.
…The light in me sees, and honors the light in you. Namaste.
Special thank you to The Yoga Shop of Salem (well the entire TYS community, for that matter) for allowing me to grow in my practice, my mind, and my life. Thank you for sharing these words with me in and out of our practice.
If you would like more mantras like these, I highly suggest getting yourself a copy of Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie. (Shout-out to Amanda for the best Secret Santa gift this year.) Some of these words came from this book, as many of my instructors use it for their opening meditations in class.
Or, better yet, come join a practice sometime. I promise you won’t regret it.