You Do You 2K13

I may have gotten a taddddd carried away in amusement writing this title. You can’t blame me though. It’s my first full week back in the office after a long holiday break…and I have not tasted coffee in three months. Remember that little cleanse I did? Well, I feel invigorated being off caffeine despite my love of the taste of coffee, and for now it’s working for me.

Moving on from the silliness, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. The start of the year always feels so incredibly uplifting and inspiring. I agree that we can change ourselves at any time in our life if we choose to, but the beginning of a new year triggers an extra degree of positive and proactive actions. And I’m elated about 2013.

On the second day of the year, I started my morning with an early yoga class in the warmth of my studio. My teacher encouraged us to set our intention for the year at the start of our class. I was really moved by her encouragement to do so. Rather than set a transient intention for the day, I was encouraged to center myself on the person I wanted to become this year. There’s an almost palpable poignancy in deciding the person you want to be and the way you want to feel in the coming year.  How exhilarating is it that you can be in control of your own destiny?

Apart from resolving to floss your teeth every night and practice three sun salutations a day (yes, day eight and I’m going strong), you can commit to balance,  purpose, love, or being alive in 2013. And there’s a difference between setting these intentions and truly embodying them over the next 365 days or hopefully the rest of your life. At the root of transformation, we find change and the ability to respond to changes around us. You must be willing to embrace it proactively.

“I want my words and actions to be the quantification of my love. To make tangible the passions in my heart for the world and the people in it.”
-Anis Mojgani

Who are you hoping to be this year?

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Today.

Exhilaration. Sweat. Pride. Presence. Elation. Calm.

I left my power yoga class with each and every emotion. My heart was high and I was beaming.

As a runner, I know the endorphin high of a hard, strong run, one in which your legs feel sprightly and you cannot be restrained. I feel like a bad runner for saying this, but sometimes this high cannot be compared to that from a perfect yoga class. The feeling of not only strength and dedication but true elation, heart high and crown lifted to the greatest lengths.

Sometimes it takes a morning jaunt to the yoga studio, music that moves your heart, a fluid flow of asanas, a perfect intention, a palpable class energy, and an encouraging voice to give you this high. But it does happen.

Bundled  up in as much fleece as I could fit over my head, I spent my frigid walk home ingraining my intention for the day. I had dedicated my practice to being “Loving” and “Driven,” and I was determined to take that intention off my mat and into every fold of my day. To be honest, I actually have “today.” engraved on the back of my iPad, as a reminder to embody each second of today.

I’ll leave you with the dialogue of a particular TED talk which spoke to me,

“You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day; it’s the one day that is given to you today.It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day of your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.”

How will you spend your day?

What made today unique?