September 10, 2012

Three Guiding Questions for Living a Vibrant Life. ~ Karen Conley

Murat Ertürk

Do you ever feel that you do not have as much energy as you used to, or that you aren’t as excited about the day ahead or maybe you are not as sensual anymore?

We all are aware that we live in a very busy and fast-paced world—that is why we probably stumbled on to our yoga mats in the first place. Our yoga mats may have been the only time or place we felt a sense of relief from the overscheduled lives we live.

Life does move fast and some time for daily reflection is an incredibly powerful way to stay true to ourselves and the path we are taking.

Here are three daily questions to guide you to living fully and vibrantly.

Did I live well today?

Could we be present for the people in our lives and the people we encounter throughout our day?

There is a price to not being present. We miss out on the moment and the intimacy and connection with our families and friends that we cannot get back. Scattering ourselves and our energy all over leaves us exhausted and depleted at the end of the day.

There is laundry to be done, groceries to be bought, errands to be completed and the lists are never finished and are usually only added to daily, but taking the time to really make a difference in this world is not only our duty—it is fulfilling, as well.

We must work vigilantly to being aware of how we can be of service and dedicate ourselves to making this planet a better place to live. If we are not present we miss the opportunities to see where and how we can make a difference.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~ Ghandi

Did I love fully today?

No one gets through a lifetime without having heartache. We have all felt it and have had people in our lives who have hurt us or caused us pain. Can we continue to enter into relationships giving ourselves fully and not holding back our love? People who practice love take the first step towards happiness.

If we supply love there is more love in the world.

“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” ~ Joseph Joubert

Could I let go today?

Letting go is forgiveness. Forgiveness is the most powerful spiritual act in healing. Can we forgive those who wronged us knowing they are part of our journey? We are all learning the lessons we need to grow and become stronger.

When we truly practice forgiveness we open up to the possibility of living more fully and we have more energy and zest for life. We also heal much faster.

“People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway.” ~ Mother Teresa

Karen created Amazing Yoga to share the life-changing powers of yoga that she has discovered. Karen and her husband, Sean, are co-Authors of the book “Amazing Yoga: A Practical Guide to Strength, Wellness and Spirit.” Karen lives in Pittsburgh with Sean and her four kids, and their extended family are their three vibrant yoga studios. Karen leads teacher trainings around the world at beautiful destinations in Mexico and Costa Rica. For more information on Karen, please visit her website.


Editor: Jamie Morgan

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