One of my favorite parts of yoga class is the very beginning, or “grounding” as they referred to it in Yoga Teacher Training. It’s a transformational moment every time I come into Sukasana and start paying attention to my breathing.
I especially appreciate it when the teacher says something to the effect of, “begin to let go of any thoughts that aren’t serving you.”
Oddly enough, I never seem to be at a loss for such thoughts … there are some recurring ones, some that are triggered by what’s happening in my life at the time, and even some that are seasonal in nature.
So I decided to make a list of nine thoughts to let go of in 2018. Here we go:
- Being envious of others – of what they have and do, or how they look and act
- Setting artificial (and unattainable) standards for myself based on stories and images in the media
- Losing hope that the world can become a better place
- Doubting my ability to do something before I even try it
- Becoming numb to news of tragedy
- Withdrawing into myself when I and others would benefit from me doing the exact opposite
- Getting upset or angry when I should probably just laugh instead
- Questioning whether I’m a good enough husband, father, friend, etc. (while there’s always room for improvement, there’s plenty of evidence that I’m doing fine in those areas)
- Struggling with issues/regrets/decisions from my past
Yeah, I know, I sound like a really fun guy, huh? Lest you get the wrong idea, I’m generally quite happy, and I’m incredibly grateful to be living a fantastic life.
But I’ve found I can feel even better about my life when I take time – on my yoga mat, on a walk, in my car, or wherever – to identify thoughts that aren’t serving me … and consciously bid them adieu.
What non-serving thoughts would you like to let go of this year? This week? This moment?