Posts tagged ‘empowerment’

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


Pictures Speak 1,000 Words

Pictures Speak 1,000 Words

Worry does nothing good for you. It does not solve your problems. It does not make you feel better. All it does is cause anxiety and possibly depression.

The worse thing that worry does for you is to occupy your time and your thoughts, taking your attention away from being able to solve your problem.

Think about it: if you are worrying about your problem, how can your attention be fixed on resolving the situation?

So how do you solve a problem in your life?

Well I recommend looking at the situation as objectively as you possibly can. Think about your problem as if it is a friend’s problem. If the problem was not your own, what advice would you give someone to fix their situation?

Make a list of the ways you can better your situation, and try acting on them. Even just making a list of the ways you can solve your problem will make you feel better. You will feel more in control of your life.

From a place of feeling empowered, anything can be accomplished.

That is how all great accomplishments are completed. Steve Jobs was empowered; Thomas Edison was empowered; The Wright Brothers were empowered.

As long as you believe in yourself, and your abilities, the seemingly impossible can become a reality.

Worry is a waste of time. A better use of your time is to act proactively to better your life.

Don’t worry. Be happy.

With love,


Think Before You Speak

Thoughts are more powerful than actions. That is what yogis believe.

The thoughts that race through your head on a daily basis define your existence.

Think about it. Have you ever known someone who speaks misery? Well they have a pretty miserable life right? And what people speak is a direct representation of their thoughts.

Now, have you ever known someone who only or mostly speaks positive words? Their life seems very easy.

My critics will argue the chicken or the egg theory here; they speak misery because their life is miserable, and not the other way around.

Please contemplate these words from some of the greatest minds in history:

I think, therefore I am. -René Descartes

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. -Buddha

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. -Proverbs 23:7

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. -Marcus Aurelius

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. -Dale Carnegie

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. – Voltaire

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. -Albert Einstein

Change your thinking and you will change your world

I saw this online this week and I wanted to share it with you.

Think before you speak:

T – Is it the truth?

H – Is it helpful?

I – Is it inspiring?

N – Is it necessary?

K – Is it kind?

I encourage you to apply that acronym to your thoughts as well. Begin to analyze your thoughts and analyze your words.

Are your thoughts truthful, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind? If not, that might explain why there is unhappiness in your life.

Try thinking more happy thoughts and see if that does not change your outlook. I guarantee-just as Buddha, Jesus, Einstein, and a myriad of other great thinkers in the world explained-that when you change your thoughts, you will change your world.