Things Don't Have To Be So Heavy

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Happy Monday, HB!

A Zen student asked his master, "Is it OK to use email?"

"Yes," replied the master, "But no attachments."

Fun fact about me: I think I am really funny. When I used to teach yoga, I would always tell jokes during my classes.

To my surprise and non-delight, no one would ever laugh.

I could never quite figure out if it was because my tone was too serious, if the moment was too serious, if my students were in the zen zone (which obviously means there’s no room for humor because spirituality is serious business). So there we all were: me laughing loudly at my own joke and some of my more empathetic students awkwardly mustering up a little giggle.

As I sat down to write this e-mail, it dawned on me that I tend to send really serious messages about topics like  “Self-Love Affirmations for the Woman Who Thinks She’s Unlovable” and “You. Are. Not. Failing.” Sheesh, you probably haven’t even had your morning coffee and here I am laying it on heavy first thing Monday Morning.

I am reminded of what Kelly Seibert said to me during Episode 15 of #FTFRWLC. When asked about what her future self would want her to know right now, she said, “I think what she would want me to know now and what she would probably want everybody to know is that things don’t have to be so heavy. Just bring in the light.

That’s what I want to do today. Bring in the light and remind you that things don’t have to be so heavy.

I know you’re dealing with real issues (that are tough and heartbreaking) -- the end of a relationship, a loved one’s sickness, financial obligations, toddler temper tantrums (that would be me), learning how to love and value yourself, etc. It can feel like it never ends. Right when you think you’ve figured it out … BAM … there’s another thing to add to your plate.

I want to encourage you to lay down your troubles for five minutes.

Go outside and bask in the sunshine. Take off your shoes and stand in the grass (a technique known as earthing, which is really good for bringing your root chakra into alignment). If it’s raining, stand on the porch and watch how the rain cleanses everything. Give your dog a good belly rub. Call your funny friend for a good laugh. Make tea and use your favorite mug. Put on your favorite song and dance around the living room. Watch a funny show (I finally got into Schitt’s Creek on Netflix).

Do something for no other reason than it makes you feel good. You don’t have to spend any money. In fact, the simpler, the better.

Do this every single day. For five glorious minutes, let your hair down and invite your inner child to come out and play. I promise you it will feel good and give you the energy you need to go on. Your worries will still be there and you can pick them back up when you’re finished. 

Now it’s your turn. Hit reply and let me know what you’ll be doing today. Please forward this message to someone who could use it.

I’m cheering for you. Like you’re singing off key into your hairbrush.

LaTisha Cotto