Celebrate Your Wins

Feeling not-celebratory?

Feeling not-celebratory?

There are intents in Forrest Yoga about celebrating. Celebrate your practice, your progress, your wins, your joys. It’s brilliant. We practice the skill of effectively congratulating ourselves. Being proud of ourselves. When else do we learn this in life?

Like so many Forrest Yoga intents, celebrating seems to magically come up on days that you just want to flop into savasana and wait for class to be over, but that is part of the brilliance. If we wait to celebrate until everything is perfect, we wait forever.

About a year and a half ago, I realized that all of my professional hopes and dreams had a common thread running through them: in my mind, my imagined careers came with a more organized life. Lightbulb!

Armed with this realization, I completely changed my focus to go directly after what I really wanted, a more organized life.

It feels quite strange to write it, but I’ve succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.

It’s so easy, sometimes, to dream new dreams and forget to celebrate the wishes we’ve already made come true.

This year, even though I feel the thrill of a New Year and a fresh start coming, I’m taking time -significant time- to stop and celebrate my own wins. As it turns out, there have been a lot of them, and I’m really proud of myself.

It’s weirdly uncomfortable, to sit with the feeling of being proud of myself. It takes a lot of breath. Sort of like standing at the edge of a cliff: exciting, bright, as if I could crash at any moment.

That’s ok though. I’m practicing. Good job, me!

You’re welcome to join me, if you like. You can do this right where you are, even while you are holding whatever device you’re reading this on. Think for a moment about your wins. Anything really.

I wanted to go to yoga, and I did!

I folded my laundry!

My work is done for the day!

I got through the day!

I successfully took a break!

I ate a vegetable with my lunch!

Once you’ve identified one, take a deep breath and praise yourself lavishly. Feel free to borrow from my collection of personal celebration phrases:

“You go self!”

“Good Job insert your own name here!

“Yeah me!”

If it feels weird, congratulate yourself on going out of your comfort zone. Yeah self!

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