photo-17Fall is here and I have a lot going on. I almost didn’t write this week but it’s important for me to be accountable to not only you, but to me.  Being consistent with this blog has helped me know I can stick with something.  Since I have a lot of interests I often begin things totally into it but struggle with the follow through, that is one of the things I’m personally working on.

This week has been especially crazy because my husband not only began a new job, but also started up school again. I start yoga teacher training , which you will be hearing all about, in two weeks and I’m busy prepping, plus we are working together on something pretty major that could mean a real life change for my family. It’s not something I can share just yet but if it all pans out I will soon! I just don’t want to jinx anything. Before you guess, no I’m not pregnant, if that is what you were thinking, not ready for THAT big change just yet :)

The other day I was feeling especially nervous about everything and dwelling on all of the things that could go wrong, or all of the things that could be harder if this change pans out. With major changes I am definitely initially a glass half empty type of girl.  Like most people, I struggle with change and I’m initially cautious, but once I decide on something, I’m all in, it just takes me a bit to get there.

My husband, being the amazing man he is, helped me refocus this negativity and gave me some fabulous advice. He said “stop focusing all of your energy on what could happen, focus on what you can do that will keep you moving forward.”

I realized in that moment just how right he was and it snapped me out of it. Over the past few days anytime I’ve felt overwhelm creep in I’ve repeated the mantra “focus on what I can do” and time and again it has calmed down the anxiety I’m feeling and helped me tackle one task at a time. A mantra is a sacred thought or prayer to be repeated with full understanding of its meaning. -B.K.S Iyengar

Earlier in the week, I splurged and purchased myself a beautiful nurturing Mala to help balance emotions from Nala Malas. I love her work and I’ve committed to her Japa (the repeating of mantras) Challenge: 40 days repeating the same mantra 108 times, if you miss a day you have to start over. I started 2 days ago and I will be saying the mantra above because it’s personal and I really understand and connect with the meaning and intention behind it. It’s interesting to observe my thoughts while I silently chant this, I never realized how many streams of conscious I have going on at once and quieting some of the chatter is proving difficult but having a phrase to come back to each time I lose focus is helping immensely! I have a feeling it’s going to keep me sane many times during the coming weeks and I can’t wait for this to sink into my subconscious permanently.

Have you ever meditated before? This simple mantra meditation is a great way to get into it since the repetition and counting helps you focus on something so your mind doesn’t wander as much. It’s also easy to commit to. Let’s try this together and let me know how it goes! Be sure to pick a mantra that you really relate to and that speaks to you!