Posts tagged ‘awareness’

Choose Your Own Adventure

When I was a little girl, I would ride my bicycle to the library. I used to love the silence, the solitude, and being surrounded by books and endless possibility.

I gravitated toward the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I remember they were in one section of the library, and I would read them one by one.

But I wouldn’t just read them one time through. I had to explore every possible scenario in each book. I liked to witness how the choices I made at the bottom of the page affected the storyline.

It’s about the Journey, not the Destination

For as long as I can remember, I have used Choose Your Own Adventure books as my analogy to life.

We are born with a certain set of circumstances. From there, we choose what to do, where to go, who to be, how to feel. Then with each new choice we make, we are given a different set of circumstances and decisions to make.

That is the great adventure to life, this journey that we co-create right along with the circumstances we are given.

Becoming the Author

Part of practicing yoga is to become awake to being the reader of the story, the story of our individual lives. We stand back from living the drama, and instead witness how our actions affect our outcomes.

With this greater perspective, we can then become the author of our destiny. We can begin to make choices that lead us more toward happiness and less toward sadness, more toward living the life we truly love, and less toward attracting the things we do not wish to experience.

So that begs the question, “If I am unhappy, what actions can I take to change it?”

Progress Requires Action

Part of being a yogi is moving more toward becoming radically alive, about living each day as if it is your best day. It is not the path for everyone, but it is a path that leads to happiness.

One way yoga leads to happiness is by helping us realize that all we really have in life is the present moment. This present moment was created by our past decisions, by the choices that we made at the end of the page.

Our future, therefore, is determined by the choices we make right here, right now, by the fresh ink still wet on the paper of our current adventure.

So we can co-create our futures now by making decisions that will benefit our greater good tomorrow.

I will be working on answering the above question myself over the next several months, “What can I do to be happier?”. I invite you to join me. I invite you to Choose Your Own Adventure.




Choose Your Own Adventure books


The Masks We Wear

Throughout the course of a day, how many masks do you wear?

Are you a mother? A father? A writer? A dancer? Are you dramatic? Funny? Nice? Witty? Sarcastic? What defines you?

Do you define yourself by your career? How about your relationship status, or lack thereof?

We all wear masks, all day, every day. It is quite natural to have many masks that we wear at different times or for different occasions.

So which mask is the real you?

That question was asked to me by a professor in college. Her answer: all of them.

That’s right. The real you is multi-dimensional. There is no one true thing that defines you.

You are a culmination of all of your good traits, of all of your bad traits, of all of your strengths, of all of your weaknesses, and of all of your talents.

Be aware of the many dimensions that create you. All of those elements are a part of you the way that you are right now.

I am sure you have questions.

But what if there is a characteristic about myself, a particular mask that I wear, that I do not like?

If you do not like a trait about yourself, accept the fact that you can change it, and begin to work toward that goal daily. Being aware of that characteristic is the first step to making a change.

But what if it is physical, like my nose or my smile?

Well, nobody is perfect. Even cover models on magazines are highly airbrushed. No one is really that beautiful or that perfect.

Remember, the physical is not nearly as important as who you are on the inside. Let your inner beauty shine brighter than your exterior beauty.

Outer beauty fades; inner beauty has the ability to only get more beautiful if you focus on self-improvement and growth.

Awareness is Key

The different elements that create us are important. We can accept them or we can change them.

What is important is to be aware of our masks, our moods, all of the different aspects of ourselves. The different masks we wear add depth to our personalities.

Yoga is about the expansion of conscious awareness. We can neither change nor accept anything about ourselves unless we first have a conscious awareness of it.

God bless,