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I love when I’m able to practice yoga on a regular basis. While I know yoga is wonderful for my body, it’s actually the mental aspect of yoga that I find to be so addictive.
Every time I step on the mat, I find it incredibly powerful when the teacher instructs us to leave our worries and stresses of life at the door. For that one hour, we’re asked to be completely present; and without fail, every instructor finds their words during Savasana to remind the class that we have the power to feel that kind of relaxation at any point during the day.
Yeah right. Is what I thought when I first started my yoga journey three years ago. But over time, I’ve learned that those yoga instructors might just be on to something…
Even if I’m not able to physically practice yoga every day, I genuinely attempt to practice the mental aspect of yoga daily. And if we’re being completely honest, it’s not easy to find my zen in the circus that is my new life as a stay/work-at-home-mom. But when my day is at the peak of Crazy Town and I’m feeling like a hot mess, I take a minute amongst the chaos and flip the inner dialogue to one of gratitude.
I’m grateful to have a healthy baby who keeps me on my toes. Despite feeling overwhelmed and unsure that I’m doing anything right, I prayed for these exact moments.
Even though there are times when I feel like she adds more unnecessary stress than anything, and I find myself wondering why we elect to own a massive animal that depends on me, I remind myself that Penny is what I’ve always wanted. She’s a big fat baby (who loves LARABARs) and I love her.
And when there are times when I feel like not one thing in life belongs solely to me anymore (body, time, money, etc.) I flip to gratitude and remind myself that I’m beyond fortunate to have a life that’s shared with people who I love and who love me.
And on the days when I feel like my life starts at zero dark thirty every morning and I spend most of my time in the car running all over the great state of Virginia (okay, just Richmond) and I’m annoyed that I’m eating on the run, rather than sitting down at a table, I remind myself to be grateful for the fact that a) I’m healthy and alive b) own a car and c) have good food to eat.
I know some of you might think this sounds a bit Pollyanna, but over the years, I’ve found that having the ability to switch the inner dialogue and self-talk makes all the difference to this Super Snark. I dare you to give it a try.
At LARABAR®, we believe that the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat – and what you eat is most delicious and satisfying when it’s in a whole, natural state.