Five Days; Five Mantras

Day 1: Peace

Peace, for me, is taking the time to slow down. Shutting out the external world and being completely present in this moment. It is doing something that occupies my mind, exerts my body, and soothes my soul. It is fully immersing myself in my yoga practice, my ballet technique, creating a meal, laying in the grass while absorbing a new album, or even teaching. It is therapeutic, and allows space for my troubles, the never-ending to do list, anxiety and worry to fade into the background until it completely evaporates. And once I return to the world around me, everything seems a little bit brighter. And lighter. More manageable. But the hardest part is making time for it.

Day 2: Choose Love

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you. Maya Angelou

I stumble along the road less traveled. Sometimes I fall. I forego financial stability and structure to follow my passions. Most nights I fall asleep with a clear conscience and full heart. I am an artist. I am a dancer. I am a yogini. I am a teacher. I choose love every day.

Day 3: Believe

“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.” -Anthon St Maarten

We are truly only given one thing in this life: Ourselves. So be your biggest fan. Be kind to yourself. Nurture yourself. Encourage yourself. Love yourself. Empower yourself. Find happiness for yourself. Believe in yourself. Because at the end of the day seasons change, jobs come and go, loves enter and exit your life. But every morning you’ll still wake up with you.

Day 4: Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s mantra is gratitude. For the big, the small. The things that come easily, and those that challenge me. It’s all part of my journey. It’s all helping me grow.

Day 5: Inspire

Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. -Lao Tzu

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m aging, or because I’ve experienced more of the world, but these three things have become reigning sources of inspiration. They have become priorities, aspirations, and the driving force behind my decision to relocate. I can’t believe I only have 8 more days in Texas!

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