mindfulness

The light and the darkness...

It's been exactly one year since I started to teach yoga in Norway.

Moving away from my home city, friends and family, getting a new life and teaching yoga for living, I struggled a lot both emotionally and mentally. (You have no idea how many times I yell and think about giving up and go back Hong Kong :P) It was a big challenge of my life!

However, thank you for this "uneasy" journey, I am able to see the darkness, a.k.a self-doubt, fear and insecurity more and more. I was first trying to find a way to get the darkness away but later on, I realised to fully accept them is the only way. I understood they are here to remind me to trust and listen to myself but not to push me down. I also learned to appreciate the light and also accept the dark.

I am forever grateful for this journey and without you guys it will never happen. Thank you so much for those who practised with me in Stavanger and Hot Yoga Sola, thank you for all your help, trust and support.

Special thanks for Lise from Hot Yoga Sola for offering a chance to teach in such a beautiful and cozy studio; Energiverkstedet Connie Hvidberg Norup for renting out 44 kongsgata and always offering help and support.

Without you guys, I will never be able to stay in Norway and continued my teaching. I look forward to see/practice with you anytime and again, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Happiness is....having a cup of coffee 

Went to my favourite place to grab a coffee as usual, when I took the first sip of the coffee, and it’s not only taste like coffee because....
I taste joy;
I taste the smile from the waitress;
I taste the hard work of her;
I taste our nice conversation in the past;
I taste the time when I have coffee with friends;
I taste stavanger;
I taste a lot of good “ingredients” inside of it which made me feel so grateful of this coffee and made a good start of my week ❤️😊 I wish you a good week too, stay warm and remember happiness is always around, we just have to “taste” it more mindfully 🤗

I am a yoga teacher and I have anger issue...

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Whenever I tell people about my anger issues, most of them couldn't believe it. I know from how I look, the way I talk and smile, also as a yoga teacher, It seems like I will never be angry.

The Fact is....Yes! A Big Yes! I easily feel angry, I had anger issues for a long period of time. I felt angry very often, sometimes I didn't know why. I felt weak and shame of being angry, then I pushed my anger away and pretended I am completely fine. However, the more I pushed my anger away, the stronger they become...

Thank you for my first Yoga teacher training and Master Thich Nhat Hanh, I learned that it's okay to be angry, it's nothing wrong to feel angry. Our anger is just like a crying baby, what we have to do is to take care of it.

The more I take care and look into my anger, the less my anger manifest and the most valuable thing is I got to understand my feelings, the reason why I feel angry and myself way better which created a big change to my life, especially relationship with my loved one.

I am writing this post to let you know you are not alone. It's okay to be sad, angry or feeling negative, our emotions are neither good nor bad, all we have to do is to take care of it. Let's practice & grow together! 😉😉

What to do when we are suffering: Simple Steps to Take Care of Our Emotions

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It’s Okay To Have Negative Emotions

For more than 20 years, I used to deny my “negative emotions” because I thought it defines me as a weak, shameful, pathetic person. I have tried different approach to keep myself positive but none of it work on me. However, later I have found that by denying my emotions, I am also denying myself, which means I have never accepted myself truly and unconditionally.

According to my teacher, our emotions itself is neither good or bad. It is the language of our souls, the tools that our souls communicate with us. To create balance for our life and heal ourselves, we first need to take care of our emotions.

 

Reasons Of Taking Care Of Our Emotions

Have you been angry and said something you didn’t really meant to? Have you been hurt so bad that you are not able to feel anymore? Resisting our feelings causes them to simmer and intensify while compressing our emotions will turn us to numbness; both ways are disconnecting us to our souls.

Holding our suffering, looking deeply into it, we find a way to happiness.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

In Buddhism, suffering is a must for self-transformation. When we intend to feel our emotions rather than resisting it, we create more space for our bodies and also our minds. Once our negative emotions are no longer controlling us, we are able to look deeper and discover the seeds (cause) of suffering. As a result, we learn to transform it into peace and happiness.

 

Simple Steps For Taking Care Of Your Negative Emotion(s)

1.       Find a comfortable position, sit down or lie down are both fine.

2.       Close your eyes, check how do you feel at the moment without any judgment.

3.       Allow yourself to feel your emotion(s) and recognize the area you feel it the most.

4.       Start to breathe particularly to the area you feel your emotion(s) the most.

5.       Consciously breathing to that area; when you feel ready, simply talk to your emotions                       (silently) by saying, “Hello (anger/sadness/anxiety/jealousy, etc), it’s ok that you are here and I           am here taking care of you, let’s breathe together”

6.       Keep breathing until you feel relief.