5 Yoga Thoughts You Should Think Right Now

Yesterday, my oldest son called me. It was a comfort call, the kind you make when you need someone to sympathize with you, to tell you the grey clouds will clear and the sun will shine again soon. “I didn’t get the job, mom,” he said. So I gave him the cheer up spiel — the one every mom has rehearsed. “It just feels as though I don’t have control over my life anymore,” he said. To which I replied…

“Control is an illusion, kid. The only thing we really have is this moment.”

We all know this. And yet we continue to schedule our days, toss our meals in the crock pot for tonight’s dinner, and do the best we can with the thought that it will all be okay. We do this until a dreaded call comes, a pink slip appears, or the doctor gives us a discouraging diagnosis. We muddle through until the mud feels like quicksand. So what then?

Let’s hope we remember what we told our sons. Control is an illusion. All we really have is this moment.

That thought can be frightening or freeing. But in my case, it has kept me from ceaseless worry; it has relieved me in knowing that circumstances are temporary. Basically, life is short– for better or worse, so make it good now.  Let’s start with a deep, grateful breath and some yogic thoughts…

5 Yoga Thoughts You Should Think Right Now

1. Finding peace within allows me to live in peace with others. In other words, I might be an asshole because I’m aching inside. My internal clutter causes chaos in relationships. I should fix that. Also, I should remember that when someone hurts me, it may just be because they are hurting.

2. Their problems are not necessarily my problems. An amazing woman and former boss once said this to me, and it hit me like a cold hail storm –every possibility pelting me with regret. I could only think of all the burdens I’d carried because I inherently believed that everyone’s problems were mine. I took off my invisible cape that day, stopped trying to save the world, and starting doing what felt right and manageable instead.

3. The most important thing I will do today is love. So you smashed some sales records and got promoted today. You sipped tea with Oprah Winfrey and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in heels. Yay you. You could have changed the world in a million more subtle ways. Love costs nothing, but changes everything.

4. Comparisons can crush me. More on that here.

5. There are no regrets, only reasons to live differently. Don’t spend your life looking back. You’re not going that way. Instead, let your regrets become reasons to think differently, avoid the same mistakes whenever possible, and appreciate the fact that you’re here now, in whatever state you’re in.

Take what you need from this list, knowing that a single thought can change your mind, your day, and ultimately your life. As I strive to live a more powerful life, I remind myself that what I feed my mind is as important as what I feed my body. Everyday I have the choice: will I feast on fries or fresh, whole foods? Will I focus on light, love, and growth, or will I hang with the cup-half-empty crowd, choosing pessimism over progress?


28 Comments
  • Bren Pace
    June 20, 2016

    Well said, gf….well said 🙂

    • Rica Lewis
      June 20, 2016

      Thanks, Bren! So glad to see you here on this otherwise mundane Monday 🙂

  • Peggy
    June 20, 2016

    All of this…yes! Especially how crushing comparison is to the soul. Even when I compare myself , the outer me, to the outer me 5 years ago, I’m crushed. And then I look on the inside…oh the inside where everything happens and changes and flows. I wouldn’t trade the me 5 years ago for the me today under any circumstances.

    xoxo
    Peggy

    • Rica Lewis
      June 20, 2016

      Yes! So much truth there, Peggy. We don’t get older, we get better! Thanks for stopping in. As always, you inspire me.

  • Natalie
    June 20, 2016

    Love all of these thoughts. Definitely gonna try to keep them in mind 🙂

  • Sandi Schwartz
    June 20, 2016

    Thank you so much for this helpful, uplifting post. I definitely struggle with making other people’s problems my problems to a fault in which it causes me anxiety. I love your advice about letting go of control. It is something I am working on for sure.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 20, 2016

      So glad you found it helpful, Sandi! Thanks for the kind comment. 💓

  • Liv
    June 20, 2016

    No regrets! Just the way to live!

  • Tracy
    June 20, 2016

    I love so many of these. Especially comparison, it is so true. So very crushing & it steals your joy. Thank you for this important reminder.

  • Lacey
    June 21, 2016

    I love this. It is important to apply a yoga midset to our everyday lives.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 21, 2016

      That’s my goal, Lacey! Plenty of failure in making it sometimes, however 😪! Thanks for stopping in!

  • Gina Leslie
    June 21, 2016

    Very Beautifully Written! These 5 points make all the difference!

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    June 26, 2016

    #3 spoke to me very loudly today, Rica. Thank you!

  • Deborah
    June 27, 2016

    So good of you to remind me of these things again. Especially number two, I have a really hard time with that one. And your comment “Love costs nothing but changes everything” amazed me. Thanks for starting my week off great.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 27, 2016

      What a lovely comment. Thank you, Deborah 🙂 You’re the Queen.

  • Healthyezsweet Life
    June 28, 2016

    I just read those 5 affirmations about 5 times each and am probably going to copy and paste them in a note so I can read them again tomorrow morning. Thank you so much for sharing, you really gave me some peace of mind and faith

    • Rica Lewis
      June 28, 2016

      And you just made my day! So glad you enjoyed the post. 😘

  • Carol Cassara
    July 13, 2016

    Yes. A single thought is that powerful. Oh, I am sharing. Like crazy.

  • Leanne
    July 13, 2016

    Loved all of these – letting other people own their problems and leaving them to it is a big one for me!

  • Elaine Mansfield
    August 11, 2016

    Lovely, Rica. After writing about regret last week, I love your words: “…let your regrets become reasons to think differently, avoid the same mistakes whenever possible, and appreciate the fact that you’re here now, in whatever state you’re in.” I agree. It was so obvious at my husband’s death bed that nothing mattered except love–the people he loved, the people who loved him and helped him make the transition, and the Divine Love that supported all of us.

    • Rica Lewis
      August 11, 2016

      What a beautiful response, Elaine. I adore your words. Thank you for sharing.

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