There’s something I remind myself, as well as my yoga students and yoga teacher trainees often:
“You are responsible for the energy you bring into the room.”
And it’s not only through the medium of teaching and practicing yoga that we can take responsibility for our own energy and moods. We can do it in all situations. I believe wholeheartedly that we have a choice every day so let’s choose consciously.
How do you want to feel today? And how do you want others who come in contact with you to feel?
It’s not always easy to project a mood we aspire to live in today and it’s super easy to give the responsibility of your on experience to someone else. But the cool thing is the power is ours and we have the ability to change state in an instant.
Here are my top three tips on being a ‘Change Agent’ and creating a positive energy to share with others:
- Morning Ritual: However you wake up and start your day, make it a daily habit to decide how you want to feel. And if you’re indecisive and change your mind (like me!) a million times, try just being ‘grounded and calm’.
- Live it: Throughout your day, take that chosen statement, word or mood into every situation. Whether we’re walking into the office, having dinner with friends, connecting with family members or simply sitting with ourselves. At first you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can veer off path and slide into a valley of negativity so gently guide yourself back. You could even set timers on your phone or wear a wrist band that reminds you to ‘check in’.
- Reward yourself: reward and acknowledge yourself when you’ve been aligned with your chosen energy. Take yourself to the movies, buy yourself some flowers or those new pair of jeans you’ve been eyeing off. They’ll be a reminder of your strength and ability to the change.
- Apologise: If there is anyone recently to whom you’ve given the responsibility of your own experience, acknowledge it and apologise in your own way. Although challenging, there’s huge growth potential and a sense of liberation. Own it.