So last week I spoke about how sometimes in life we have to take time to breathe, even if it's just a few seconds. That message was right on time for me as well as some of those around me. *Side note: honestly I think Just Breathe will be the theme of my life the last half of this year.* Life is life….I mean such is life right? Life most times is exactly what you make it. You cannot allow things to hinder you from living your best life; not your situations, circumstances, people around you, family, faux friends, coworkers, NOBODY!!! Yea yea yea...I know things happen and sometimes we have to sit in the pain or discomfort, but you can't live in it!
My grandma (and allllllllll her chirren 😊) always said the serenity prayer. The Serenity Prayer states: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. This prayer is as simple as you can get while making a positive impact over your life. Take some deep breaths, pray this prayer, and watch how your situations and circumstances change.
Lately, I’ve been feeling the need to take a break, slow down, and just be in the moment. And honestly, while the kids were gone, I was able to do a lot of that. Norris and I definitely did our fair share of eating out! I LOVE TO EAT, and we made sure to hit up some new spots in Atlanta. I was also able to attend my first yoga class. Yes yall, my FIRST yoga class.
For the longest, I’ve been wanting to get into yoga and meditation and I’m so glad that part of my tribe invited and attended with me. It was the most exhilarating I’ve felt in a long time. As soon as I got there, I knew it was meant for me to be there. As soon as I put my things down, the instructor came over to me, hugged me, and we chatted a minute like we had known each other. Her name is Chocolako (@chocolako (personal) @yogainnergy (business). She’s an international yoga instructor, but to me, she was a beacon of light that shined for us all to see. Yup, she’s my friend/sister in my head!
The yoga class was outside on the west side of Atlanta. “Choc” as so many called her, walked us through many different exercises. We were encouraged to channel our breathing in the exercise alongside all the sisters in the circle. We were schooled on ways to let go of negative energy and be open to positive energy and vibes. Many of us unknowingly close ourselves off from letting go of bad energy. Our arms are folded, legs are crossed, and hands are entwined. I just realized as I’m typing this, my legs are crossed. It’s a habit, but its a habit I plan to change. I want to be as open as I can be to ensure that my vibes flow freely in and out of me.
Another exercise was to allow ourselves to flow freely. And then we spoke about how it made us feel. I must say that these emotional exercises had me in my feelings for sure. There were ladies that came to the middle of our “sister circle” and we were asked to speak on what we saw in front of us. I’m sure that was amazing for those sisters in the circle to have people who they mostly didn't know, speak such high, positive, encouraging words over them.
The entire experience was beautiful. That’s the best way for me to explain it. I felt grounded. I felt open. I felt happy. If you haven’t experienced yoga instructed by a beautiful black queen, please do so. Choc explained everything and ensured we understood. The stories she told, I had never heard of. It all made sense. Women are the creators and we are all the reason you are here. :) I plan on incorporating yoga and meditation in my daily life and it will include my husband and children. This will help us all become centered, grounded, and within ourselves.
Until Next Time, Peace and Love 😊