"Waking up this morning, I smile, twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. "
-Thich Nhat Hanh
In Japanese culture, the word Ikigai translates to "the reason for which you wake up in the morning."
I appreciate this simple word; a reminder of something so big.
I believe that our days are meant to be filled with love, joy, discomfort, challenge, boldness. This type of life requires an investment: focus, energy, consistency, heart. With so much opportunity for distraction in our lives, a great driving purpose can help us navigate our days.
How do you figure it out? Slow down, look around and breathe. The answers are all around you & most importantly already within you. Seek to fill your day with what brings you the most happiness. Eliminate "should & have to" activities from your life. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and fill you. Finally, inspire others to find their reason by being a light in their lives.
Why do you wake up in the morning? What is your motivation & inspiration?
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Complete a well-rounded warm-up that has some emphasis on twists
(From Downward Facing Dog) Step your right foot forward next to your right hand
Deeply press your left heel down into your mat
Bend your right knee so the calf and thigh are at a right angle with the thigh parallel to the floor
Bring your left hand to the floor inside your right foot and the right arm up toward the ceiling as you twist to the right
Open your chest and stack your left shoulder on top of your right
Gaze up to your top hand
Repeat on the left side