“Peace of mind is attained not by ignoring problems, but by solving them.”

~ Raymond Hull

This is from Peerless Panther for the quote Challenge. If you want to read her blog drop her a line.
Peace of mind? Like a lot of things that phrase seems simple on the front end but its actually difficult. Why? Well, there are things we have no control over. And those things can’t be solved by us. We can only fix our perspective on those things. Our peace of mind should never depend on circumstances.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

The obvious answer here is if we are being chased by a rabid dog or bullied, or have an issue we need to deal with, that we turn and confront our attacker. Then we sleep at night because the threat is gone. Often just confronting the issue takes the teeth out of the fear and makes it recede. Sometimes though, the dog bites or the bully doesn’t go away or refuses to accept responsibility. The choice then is how to deal with those new circumstances.

What about those things we can’t control? The things people say? The car wrecks, the broken water pipes? The people who don’t do their jobs, cut us off in traffic, are rude to us in stores? the people who just don’t like us? the people who are just nasty and unhappy and see the glass as half empty and get angry because we don’t? what about them? is peace of mind really obtained by solving those things? Or by solving ourself?

The practice of Yoga helps one obtain the mind/body/soul connection helps you balance yourself and then peace of mind comes. Your perspective shifts and you are content regardless of the circumstances around you. You realize that the only thing you really have control over is yourself and your reactions to what happens. This can happen in an hour, and if you do enough yoga you can take this practice with you every day.

the rest of the Serenity prayer?

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

I’ll take reasonably happy. and the hope of supreme happiness over trying to strive for control that was never meant to be mine in the first place. the problems? I can’t always solve, because they aren’t mine necessarily to solve. And yes when I get sucker punched I still have to struggle to find my footing, my peace, again. Because I’m on a journey, I haven’t yet arrived.


P.S. I’ll tag someone and give them two weeks to answer due to several people being gone next week.


Yoga for Weightloss

So someone is always asking, “can you really lose weight doing yoga.” Someone asked that in my Monday night yoga class a couple weeks ago and before the teacher could respond,  a student raised her hand.

“I want to answer that,” she said. “I’ve lost 60 pounds in the last year and yoga has been my only form of exercise. ” Now if you are a body builder who runs 20 miles a week, adding yoga might not get you a 60 pound weight loss. But if you are right now, not working out at all, and you start a 3 or 4 a week yoga routine? yep, you will see results.

My yoga teacher confirmed the woman who had lost 60 pounds by saying in the last several years the only exercise she has gotten is yoga.  And she is firm and tight and in better shape than 4-6 years ago. (yep I’ve been going to that yoga teacher that long)

So, add healthy weight to the benefits of yoga. right up there with healthy spirit I hope.

Yoga for Joy

This past weekend I was at teacher training at Joyflow Yoga in Ridgeland, MS (near Jackson) and I was working so hard and deep and all the sudden I looked up and saw painted on the wall, “Experience Joy” and I burst into a smile as a song filled my heart.

The song?

Joy by the Newsboys

“You give me joy unspeakable and I like it!”

Flash forward to Thursday night. I’m teaching a new class and I’m not sure how its going. Are they “getting it?” how am I doing? After savasana and a time of relaxation, when they sat up I knew! I saw  the joy reflected on their faces! Oh what a feeling! and I know its nothing I did— it was the yoga!

Sometimes our joy,  its in there, its just buried so deep,  joy for life, for love,  for the sunrise, for the breath you take,  it just gets covered up with life. The process of yoga uncovers that inner joy, and I like it!