I think it is important to remember the power of our words. What we speak is so powerful. We can use our words to make someone feel so special and we can also use our words to tear someone down. I can remember hearing several people tell me after my father passed away that they can never remember my father saying an unkind word about anybody. What a beautiful thing to say about another human being. I want to strive to use my words for good. I want to make others smile with my smile. I want every one who enters my world to feel a little better off after meeting me. I know it is a tall order, but I plan on making my words a gift to those who hear them.
Today in your journal think about all the wonderful words that have been gifts to you. What can you do or say to someone to be that special gift? I am grateful that each day seems to get better and better. The other day I was driving to my yoga class, the top was down on my car and I became overwhelmed with gratitude. I realized that at that moment I couldn’t recall a time when I felt happier. Life is so good and I am thrilled with all the possibilities that are coming to me. Express yourself and your love to those who enter your world today. Be the gift!
About a month ago my friend Melanie invited me to try out her Bikram Yoga studio that she has been practicing at. I quickly agreed as it had been over three years since I practiced Bikram Yoga and I knew how much I loved it then! Well, as you can imagine after that first class I was hooked again! Imagine how excited I was to learn that the studio would be having a 30 day challenge (do 30 classes in 30 days!). I fondly remembered back to my San Jose Yoga days where I did the 60 day challenge in only 42 days. I quickly signed up and with the encouragement of Melanie we are now half way through the 30 day challenge. I should have asked Melanie today in class how many she has completed, but on day 15 I have already finished 25 classes! (I believe Mel has around 28, if I am not mistaken!). So, what have I noticed in these 15 days of consecutive yoga series? Well, my body is definitely getting slimmer, my skin is glowing and my energy is off the charts! To bump up the challenge even better, Mel and I have decided for the month of June to not have any alcohol, caffeine or sugar…waaah! But the difference I feel in my body is amazing! Kim Tang has outdone herself on making such a beautiful yoga studio. The teachers are fabulous, I haven’t had one I didn’t absolutely love! In the picture to the right are two of my faves, Cornelius and Kelli. Today is the last day to sign up for the 30 days, so if you are in the Palm Springs area give yourself the gift of good health and consider joining us on our 30 day challenge! Bikram Yoga University Village is where lots of great things are happening, come check it out! Your body will thank you!
Also, to celebrate our 30 day challenge join me and Mel at 3rd Corner Bistro in Palm Desert as we congratulate ourselves on a job well done! We are looking forward to our first glass of wine on the 30th at 4:30! Thanks Kim, Cornelius, Kelli, Whitney, Keely and Frank for all the wonderful classes and the great energy you share with all of us!
This morning as I was walking Courtney I started thinking about the challenges we all face over time. Some of these challenges are challenges that come to us that we need to overcome. Other times we challenge ourselves to do something or to be better. Starting June 1st Melanie (above in the picture) and I are going to do the Bikram 30 day challenge. 30 yoga classes in 30 days. Not only are we going to set our intentions on completing this challenge but we are also challenging ourselves to a detox of our bodies by not eating any preservatives or alcohol or sugar for 30 days (sniff, sniff…). So here we are having a toast to our challenge and marvelling at how great we are going to feel on June 30th.
What is your challenge? Is there a challenge placed upon you right now or is there a challenge that you would like to accomplish? I love these words spoken by Martin Luther King:
The ultimate measure of a person
is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where the stand in times of challenge and controversy.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
So how about for the month of June you challenge yourself to something for 30 days. You could challenge yourself to journal for 30 days of June if you are not a regular journaler. You could challenge yourself to walk every day if you are not a walker. You could challenge yourself in any area. I will post a picture on June 30th of me and Mel and let you know how our challenge went. And I hope you will plan on joining us at our happy hour on June 30th as we celebrate our completion of our 30 day challenge!