Set Your Intention: Indulgence

"Every once in a while, you just need to indulge yourself. Life is to be enjoyed, not endured."

When you hear the word indulgence, chances are your mind immediately goes negative. Rightfully so, because typically when we hear "indulge", we usually then think of gluttony, entitlement, and privilege. And yes, sometimes that is the case. There are plenty of people who regularly over-indulge, which can lead to arrogance and an excessive collection of "things". This has resulted is us feeling guilty when we indulge in anything, even when it's something we’ve earned or deserved.

I believe it's time to change our perspective on "indulgence". When an indulgence is chosen and used in moderation, it can be a wonderful thing. An example I like to use is a chocolate chip cookie. Let's say you find yourself craving a singular chocolate chip cookie. But you're trying to remain healthy. So you find a box of reduced fat crackers and chose to eat that instead. But because you didn't feed your small crave, you wind up eat the whole cracker box in an attempt to curb your crave. So, which is better for you? A singular chocolate chip cookie at 78 calories or a box of so-so crackers at 1040 calories. Sometimes embracing that small indulgence can be healthy. Besides, life is far too short to go without the occasional chocolate chip cookie.

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"Instead of indulging in 'comfort food', indulge in comfort meditation, comfort journaling, comfort walking, comfort talking, comfort manicures, comfort reading, comfort yoga, comfort hugging. It's a healthy indulgence."

Can we have truly healthy indulgences? To indulge means to take pleasure in an act. If you can find pleasure within a healthy practice such as yoga, why wouldn't you indulge yourself in it. If yoga isn't your thing, then find your healthy indulgence. Meditation, running,  journaling, reading, are all excellent options. The point is, if you have found something that brings you joy, gives you pleasure, and is non-harmful, why wouldn't you indulge in it?

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"In order to give of yourself to others, you must first have something to give. So enjoy your life. Have fun. Indulge yourself. Be good to yourself. How can you hope to bring happiness to others, if you are not happy?"

By allowing yourself these precious moments do to what you crave, you will begin to redefine your self-worth. You will become healthier, happier, and stronger. Then, you will be able to take this strength and happiness and pass it along to those who matter to you. Then, hopefully, from there, you can grow those relationships beyond what you could have imagined.

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"Keep you sunny side up, keep yourself beautiful, and indulge yourself!"

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As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Your Self

Self-Worth

"No one can validate you enough to make it last. Outside approval feels great but true self-worth lies in the ability to give it to yourself."

What is your worth? How do you value yourself? Different from self-esteem, self-worth is about who you are, not about what you do. Those who determine their self-worth on external factors lead more stressful lives and risk issues with their mental health. But for those who determine their self-worth on internal factors lead happier, fuller lives. While real accomplishments are wonderful and should be celebrated, your self-worth should focus more on your unique qualities.

Self-Care

"You cannot pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."

Take this moment while I'm writing the first draft of this post. It is nearly midnight on a Sunday. I'm tired and I have to teach yoga in the morning. But I stay awake writing and stressing myself over a self-imposed deadline.

When we are stressed, self-care is the first thing to go; which only just makes things worse. Abandoning essentials like sleep, meals, and physical activity are damaging to your mind and body. Self-care isn't a reward. It isn’t something we treat ourselves to when we’ve finished our to-do list. It should be one of you highest priorities. 

Self-Talk

"When you do talk about yourself, to talk to yourself… try to picture your talking to your own daughter or your younger sister. Because you would tell your younger sister or your daughter that she is beautiful, and you wouldn't be lying. Because she is. And so are you" - Amy Poehler

Self-talk is not discussed enough. We hear a lot about self-worth and self-care, but self-talk is it's own animal. The things we say to ourselves, about ourselves can be meaner then anything we would say aloud. It is hard to identify in a friend because we don't know what someone is thinking. For some people, these thoughts are pronounced and overwhelming, and they are hard to avoid. We need to go easy on ourselves, and remember we are just trying our best. 

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Self-Love

"Worry about loving yourself, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you."

To start, abandon this idea that self-love means you're selfish. Doing things for yourself and taking care of yourself is wonderful. We There is nothing wrong with loving who you are, flaws included. This is life. Life isn't about being perfect. It isn't about living happily ever after. It's about working on yourself, finding yourself, and loving yourself . It's a simple idea, but so hard to achieve.

Please feel free to join me as we further explore our selves throughout August at Corepower Yoga.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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