Monday Motivation: let the dead leaves drop
This quote from Rumi is my theme for the week, especially since it’s the last full week of the year: Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop. Short, sweet, and powerful.
Over the past twelve months, the leaves we gather grow and build up. A few of the dead ones may still be hanging on, for no good reason at all. People whom we get worked up over or situations we stress out about hang around and weigh us down. Do we really need to hold on any longer?
Be Like a Tree
A tree, as it grows older, is strong and sturdy. Its roots are intertwined deeply into the ground, which allows it to stand firm in its place. The older I get, the more I am like this part of the tree: I stand firmer in my core beliefs, mean “no” when I say it (most of the time), and am evolving more into my personality (“true self”?). In this year alone, I’ve learned to not only mean “no” but say it more often, in order to take care of myself. I’m aware of when I start to hit burnout and take appropriate measures (AKA at least one day off of personal training) to stay fresh.
After being incredibly moved by Rolf Gates’ yoga workshop in Richmond, I can drop the rock and not take things personally. My yoga practice helps solidify that, and I can reinforce it during the yoga classes that I teach every week.
In 2016, we can all be more like trees. Knowing who we are and what we’re capable of, we can grow strong and stable in our foundation and goals. Yes, you can definitely commit to running a mile in less than nine minutes this year. Oh heck to the yes, you will be capable of more balanced and guilt-free eating habits!
Let the Dead Leaves Drop
So maybe it’s easy to “be a tree”. But letting the dead leaves drop isn’t quite as simple. In order to let go, we have to acknowledge that there are leaves to drop. Once we determine that they are there, it’s our choice to either drop them (or not).
One of the most common resolutions for 2016 is to lose weight. Now, going behind the reasons why that could be a goal (or why I don’t think that’s the most effective goal to make) is for another time. But, consider for a moment, having that goal and also allowing the dead leaves to drop. The following will happen:
- Acknowledge that there is a change to make
- Decide to actually make the change(s)
- Watch the progress unfold
If our stress levels are too high or we’re not getting enough sleep and we do nothing, that may not help with weight loss. If our eating habits favor processed foods and portion sizes that we don’t necessarily need, will the weight loss occur? Not likely.
Bring on the Progress
“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop”. Easier said than done, right? Taking notice of the things we can let go allows us to start fresh. But starting fresh isn’t limited to once a year – we can start fresh each month, once a week, or even every day if we feel like there’s a positive change we can make. So, be like a tree. Let the dead leaves drop. And BRING ON the progress!
- Will you tell me about leaves you can drop?
- Are you familiar with Rolf Gates?
- How was your weekend?