[wp_ad_camp_1] Recently there has been a lot of coverage of the 100 days of happiness challenge – a great approach to finding happiness in a hectic, stressful and not so wonderful world. The idea behind the challenge is that you find at least 1 item, person, moment, scene etc. a day that makes you happy. It’s a conscious effort to find beauty and happiness in life. By that same token, many people pin and share picture quotes that serve as inspiration for a better life, better health, and fitness.
Living an Inspired Life
We all want to live a life that inspires others, that reflects our positive choices and beliefs. We want to motivate others as we motivate ourselves, so instead of the happiness challenge (which is something we should all try at some point), I’ve challenged myself to be inspired and motivated every day for 31 days by a yoga quote per day (which in turn, brought in some happiness on its own.)
Broken down into categories, to enhance the experience and to allow yourself to fully concentrate on the tasks at hand. While it may look easy and almost too simple, try it with a conscious effort to change and live each quote. If you practice yoga daily, find an accompanying pose to bring it full circle.
Week One – Happiness
1. “Please always see the bright side of everything.” ~ P.R. Sarkar
2. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
3. "Happiness is not ready made. It comes from your own actions." ~ Dalai Lama
4. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life that you have imagined.” ∼ Henry David Thoreau
5. "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." ~ Maya Angelou
6. “When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.” ~ Donna Quesada
7. “I had discovered something; there was a pleasure in becoming something new. You could will yourself into a fresh shape. Now all I had to do was figure out how to do it out there, in my life.” ~ Claire Dederer
Week 2 – Health of the Body & Mind
1. “It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.“ ~ Mahatma Gandhi.
2. “By keeping the mind in the present, unless you deliberately want to contemplate the past or future, it’s possible to firmly face life without fear. Then, no thoughts of past failures or future problems will exist in the mind, and a truly positive mental state will result—fudoshin, the “immovable mind.” ~ H.E. Davey
3. “He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” ~ Chinese Proverb.
4. “Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.” ~ Patanjali
5. “The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” ~ B.K.S Iyengar
6. “When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.” ~ Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
7. “Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind.” ~ Ravi Ravindra
Week 3 – Emotions & the Soul
1. “Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence. Not an emptiness but repletion A filling up.” ~ Anne D. LeClaire
2. “Emotional baggage,” which is carried over from the past, colors our perceptions. Likewise, past conclusions and beliefs, based on reasoning that may or may not have been accurate, also tint our perception of reality. Retaining our capacity for reason is common sense, but definite conclusions and beliefs keep us from seeing life as it really is at any given moment.
Emotional reactions can be unreasonable, and reason can be flawed. It’s difficult to have deep confidence in either one, especially when they’re often at war with each other. But the universal mind exists in the instant, in a moment beyond time, and it sees the universe as it literally is. It’s the universe perceiving itself. It is, moreover, something we can have absolute confidence in, and with that confidence, we can maintain a genuinely positive attitude.” ~ H.E. Davey
3. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
4. “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” ~ Mr. Yoga
5. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is imcomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield
6. “By means of personal experimentation and observation, we can discover certain simple and universal truths. The mind moves the body, and the body follows the mind. Logically then, negative thought patterns harm not only the mind but also the body. What we actually do builds up to affect the subconscious mind and in turn affects the conscious mind and all reactions.” ~ H.E. Davey
7. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ― Patañjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Week 4 – Love & All of Creation
1. “Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.” ~ Donna Quesada
2. “Your Task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built” ~ Rumi
3. “All creations are one with the universe. Look at the world around you. Can you effectively separate yourself from everything else? After seriously pondering this, most of us rapidly conclude that we cannot. To even make the statement that I exist as a unique entity requires comparison with something else. (If you exist as a distinct being, your distinctiveness is in comparison to other creations. No other creations, no individual you.)” ~ H.E. Davey
4. “Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought...” ~ Unknown
5. “Love is at the heart of the world, just as it is at the heart of your life. Your relationships with your lover, your family, your friends, and the world around you define the quality of your emotional wholeness and reflect your relationship with yourself.”~ Sebastian Pole
6. “There are many goals but one path - the path of compassion.” ~ Amit Ray
7. “Change in the world comes from individuals, from the inner peace in individual hearts. Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” ~Dalai Lama
The Last Days
1. “True teachers speak only of the difficult practice of giving up or getting rid of the self. Whatever may happen, do not abandon the teacher. Let him/her guide you, because it is easy to forget the Path.” ~ Venerable Ajahn Chah
2. “Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.” ~ Amit Ray
3. “Have a namasté day today. Look into the eyes of everyone you meet and silently honor his or her soul. Say silently, 'I honor the light within you, which is the same as the light within me. And I know, we are one.” ~ Michelle S. Fondin
Embark on this month long quote journey to discover yourself, your environment and become a part of the ripple effect and touch someone’s life in a positive way. May peace, harmony and love be with you at all times.
Deanna Ayres is the Community Outreach Supervisor at The Marketing Zen Group works closely with Samahita Retreat in Thailand. She loves to come up with new content strategies for and with her team and believes that connecting on a personal level is vital to success. Growing up in Europe and her love for travel has allowed her a unique insight into cultural differences and the connected world we know today. In her spare time she is a photographer, hobby cook with a love for coffee, gamer and geek. Connect with her on twitter or Google+, share your thoughts and ideas because collectively we can achieve greatness.