10 ways to let go, look inward, and move forward
I started soccer at the age of three and eventually played professional. One day I just stopped playing. I was burnt out, injured and hungry to experience life outside a game. I thought soccer was my life.
Then yoga and meditation found me. My soul broke open to vulnerability, unconditional love and gratitude. I fought the teachings as the way out due to a lifetime of ignorance, until the answer came in savasana: it was time to surrender. I walked directly into the things that scared me most. I finally started my imperfect dream company. I ditched toxic relationships (especially the one with myself). And most importantly, I decided to make love the priority.
Surrendering isn’t easy. But I draw tremendous strength from knowing how I was living wasn’t working. I don’t have to be perfect – I just have to keep moving forward with an open heart.
Ready to get un-stuck?
Here are some thoughts on surrendering to what life has in store for us:
1) Stop Waiting
We will never achieve our goals if we don’t start in the first place. Whether it’s diet, business, relationships — the time is now. Avoid the trap that we have time to start later in life.
“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.” ~Jonathan Safran Foer
2) Leggo Your Ego
Defend the ego less, try to understand where thoughts arise. The ego is protecting an image created by society – let it die by observation. If we can watch our thoughts, then we are not our thoughts. Go beyond words, be fearless love!
“The day you decide that you are more interested in being aware of your thoughts than you are in the thoughts themselves – that is the day you find your way out.” ~ Michael Singer
3) Be A Starving Lion
Maybe we are stuck because we’re chasing the wrong dream. If we don’t want it bad enough, let go and find something we are passionate about. A lion knows it has to eat to survive – and we know we’re headed in the right direction when we chase goals like our life depends on it.
“Optimism, pessimism, f*ck that; we’re going to make it happen.” ~ Elon Musk
4) Don’t Feed Haters
When we stop taking everything personally, that energy is freed up for greater pursuits. Negative feedback can be beneficial – just remember not to personify it as our worth.
“When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” ~ Miguel Ruiz
5) Dump The Unicorn
That “perfect” person or situation doesn’t exist. Focus on the QUALITY of relationships, business, school…everything!
“Quality is the best business plan.” ~ John Lassester
6) Ink It
A dream doesn’t mean being the best at something, or achieving grandiose goals. It’s anything inside us that’s asking for attention (and won’t shut up). Whether we want to become yoga certified, adopt a dog, or just read a book monthly – write goals out with timetables and post them in a visible spot. Studies show that those little reminders can significantly increase chances for success!
“You don’t need more time, you just need to decide.” ~ Seth Godin
7) Attempt Love Suicide
It’s a simple fact: we’re all going to die someday and holding back love is detrimental to living fully. Imagine everyone we meet during a day will die at midnight; treat them with kindness, compassion and love to the point of exhaustion.
“Remembering that you are going to die one day is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. Follow your heart.” ~ Steve Jobs
8) Try New Shoes
If we are feeling lost, put ourselves in another place: a malnourished child. A shelter dog. A polluted river. Then go out there and volunteer your time for others and the earth. When we serve, we forget ourselves and all that is left is love.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Gandhi
9) Be Joy
Don’t fall into the trap of “I will only be happy if…” we get the perfect partner, better job, nicer car…but then what? The mind will continue wanting, it will keep climbing for some unreachable peak. Try to be happiness in the present moment, and make joy unconditional.
“Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.” ~ André Gide
10) Get To Work
Instead of complaining about work and anticipation of pain, we just watch the narrative in the mind and do the work. Yes, it will be hard, although procrastination will kill our dreams of creating the best version of ourselves.
“Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.” ~Eric Thomas
By kevala Founder
Clean Slate: Goal Setting Event
Saturday, February 2nd at 5 pm
Let's keep your RESOLUTIONS alive!
Reboot your life in 2019 to create the best version of yourself via good health, fitness & habits - let go, move forward & stay motivated!
Try to Bring:
*Paper & pen (journal works)
*Phone &/or your daily planner
*Mini Meditation: grounding w/ mindful breathing.
*Specialists Talks: goal tips and action plans for fitness, nutrition, business, philanthropy and more!
*kevala Triple Motivation: goals + habits + intentions.
*Mingling & giveaways to follow & visit the Trilogy vegan cafe before or after the event!
*Complimentary event* Must pre-register online to secure spot - limited number of seats & will sell-out!!!
Founder of kevala, a sustainable apparel company whose proceeds benefit 50 nonprofits. After devoting decades to careers in professional soccer, luxury hospitality, and lululemon athletica, one day Keith had simply had enough and decided to devote his life to embracing a more eco-friendly, philanthropic existence. He created a cross-country tour called 50Give in which he volunteered at nonprofits in all fifty states, Canada, D.C., and Mexico. Now, through kevala, he's supporting nonprofits and spreading the kevala mission: "Self" less; love more. Website: http://www.kevalawear.com
Tori Washington is a Spiritual Mentor, Transformational Coach and Creator of the Soul Revival Experience. She's known as the no-bullshit soul sister you've always wanted - blending spiritual hacks with clear intuitive guidance that activates the intuitive badass within you. Through her teachings of the 12 Laws of the Universe, she leads high-achieving women towards self-mastery, soul purpose and deeper career fulfillment. Her greatest joy is liberating the hearts of others to step-out as a change maker on this planet while remembering what it's like to truly have fun again in the process. When Tori isn't teaching and leading retreats, you can find her dancing to live music, collecting crystals, hosting live talks, writing and traveling.
Coming from a background in business management and finance Adam has managed a diverse number of businesses including his own. He has been involved in many start-ups including an online mortgage company, valet service, catering business, local restaurant and co-founder of Boochcraft. Adam has been brewing kombucha for over 10 years and began brewing for retail sale at his own restaurant in 2011. Local Habit was the first restaurant in San Diego to offer kombucha on tap and likely one of the first in the country. Adam’s true passions include acroyoga, surfing, rock climbing, organic gardening, cooking and pretty much anything active and outdoors.
Nina Camille is a transformational coach, best-selling author, yoga & meditation teacher, retreat leader and movement artist. She is the creator of Experience Freedom, which combines a four-month online group awakening immersion with a five-night luxury retreat. Her programs are designed to inspire, heal, and connect participants so the world can be full of loving, open-hearted and fully expressed beings. Her passion lies in guiding people to this inner freedom, translating ancient tools for modern application, creating practical methods for living a spiritual path and mastering the art of allowance.
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