Back to Basics.

Via Rachel Brathen
on Nov 22, 2012
get elephant's newsletter

Having a bad day? Going through a rough patch? Life crisis?

Don’t panic.

In the words of Liz Gilbert: “Don’t fall apart—it becomes a habit.”

Stay calm and know that you are where you are right now for a very important reason; life will never give you something you can’t handle.

It will all make sense in a little while, but for now, go back to basics.

Drink water.

Breathe deeply.

Eat foods that heal.

Surround yourself with loving people.

Read books that resonate with your soul.

Go for a walk in the woods, on the beach, in the park, in your backyard…anywhere you can breathe fresh air and see the sky above.

Close your eyes.


Remind yourself of the things you have to be grateful for and let the words thank you become your most important mantra.

You can do this.

You are strong, you are whole…and you are not alone.



Ed: Bryonie Wise

Like elephant yoga on Facebook.


About Rachel Brathen

Rachel is a yogi on a world tour. Born and raised in Sweden, she currently resides in the beautiful island of Aruba where she is busy teaching yoga at a resort in the mornings, coordinating retreats at noon, taking her three somewhat crazy dogs to the beach to keep up with the surf in the afternoon and trying to survive as a vegan (where no vegetables grow!) in the evenings. She firmly believes that life is not black or white – it’s black and white and blue and yellow with rays of pink and sparkle in between. You can teach yoga and still be a party animal. Meditate and ignore your spending problems. Be vegan and eat too much chocolate. Have a Swedish passport and live in the Caribbean. You can do anything, as long as it’s you! You can find Rachel on the beach, probably practicing her Astavakrasana, or on


2 Responses to “Back to Basics.”

  1. Joe Sparks says:

    Even if you are having a bad day, it doesn't change the fact: you are completely good, lovable, caring and a joy to be with. Nice article. Thanks!