Off the Mat Yoga

9 Thoughts That May Not Be Serving You

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:

  1. Being envious of others – of what they have and do, or how they look and act
  2. Setting artificial (and unattainable) standards for myself based on stories and images in the media
  3. Losing hope that the world can become a better place
  4. Doubting my ability to do something before I even try it
  5. Becoming numb to news of tragedy
  6. Withdrawing into myself when I and others would benefit from me doing the exact opposite
  7. Getting upset or angry when I should probably just laugh instead
  8. 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)
  9. 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?

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    January 22, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Not even about the past, but second guessing if I’m making the right decision in the present. I used to be so much better at decision making….would love to let go of doubt!

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