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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Can you let go?

Today we'll talk about one of the Yamas, Aparigraha (non-possessiveness):

What is it in your life that you may hold on to too tightly? Does it still serve you, or could it be time to let it go? By releasing what is no longer useful, we open ourselves to fresh ideas, new relationships, and more peaceful ways of living, and being.

Here's a couple ideas for practicing non-possessiveness:

1. Let it go. Try doing this: Every time you buy something new, let go of something old- give it away, or toss it out. By letting go of things from the past, you can live more fully in the present.

2. Breathe. When we stress, often times we hold our breath, which makes us even more anxious. Allow your breath to flow fully and deeply. You will feel more relaxed, and open.

3. Practice Self-Care. When we're insecure, we may feel a need to cling to and controls others. Instead, find ways to nurture and center yourself so that you feel independent, and strong! Allow other to be who they need to be.

4. Be Positive. When we hold on to negative thoughts, emotions, memories, we spiral into destructive patterns. By replacing these with positive ones, you can create a harmonious space for yourself and others.

5. Forgive. (just one word, but it can be SO hard at times). Let go of painful memories from your past. Free yourself by offering forgiveness to those who have hurt you and to yourself.

6. Practice. Sometimes we try so hard to be perfect, in our yoga asana (movements), meditations, that we miss the essence of the practice. Do your best and remember to release, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Let go and stay open to guidance from within.

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