Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Simple Shift In Attitude

"Live the life you want to live, be the person you want to remember, make decisions, make mistakes, if you fall, at least you tried"

 Today's a good day, sat out in the garden with a good book, did a few rounds of 'surya namaskara' with 'shantala' music in the background.  Each movement was set with the best of intention from the heart, to free the tightness in my legs and in my back was 'shri'.  It was much easier to immerse into the practice with the sun shining bright into the open space around me and cool breeze on my skin.  I was just in sheer bliss.  More importantly, as I commit into the asanas, I am saying my blessings to the universe and to God himself for the little moments I had 'on' and 'off' the mat.  Life is good, even circumstances takes you away from the goodness.  It is so true when someone says to you," Life is no more or less than what you make out of it."  
Sometimes when I wake up in the morning for an early class, I would feel reluctant to get out of bed.  All I want to do is just stay in bed.  But I shift my 'attitude' to feel more 'awake' and 'alive', and for some odd reason, I would feel better. I think there are sometimes situations that affects me beyond my control, and it's easy to think life is 'against' me.  It could be someone else has had an unfortunate day and being caught in the same arena with them, I had to bear the grunt of it too.  I find it's important to remind myself, situations 'stay' and 'go', everything else is temporary, nothing is permanent.  Everything and everyone is on its way to somewhere.  Getting caught in other people circumstances can sometimes leave us emotionally drained, but I think it's definitely important to realise we all have choices.  Do we choose freedom and make the best of what life has to offer?  Do we live in the moment and if we live today as if there's no tomorrow, are we already happy?
Sometimes when you try and help others to recognize the abundance in life even in the worse of circumstance, others may not see your 'way' as yet.  But you can excuse yourself, go for a walk, breathe in the 'moment' and feel the blessings in life.  The simple sense of 'relief' is a blessing in disguise already.
I find that it helps looking from a child's perspective, making everything simple as much as possible.  The mind is too 'old' when everything is seen from a pessimistic point of view, it's only when you adopt an optimistic, non-judgmental and hopeful mind set, life would seem grandeur than expected.
It's when we've been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances handed to us and turning it into something great that we live in abundance. 
Why wait? What's your 'moment' for today?

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