Feb 7 - We forge the chains we wear

“We forge the chains we wear in life.” - Charles Dickens

“Yoga teaches us never to become a victim, but instead to use our experiences as a tool to gain valuable wisdom, which once aquired can never be taken from us. When we take on the role of the victim, we become a beggar. We crave sympathy, pity and acceptance from others, instead of finding our fulfillment within ourselves. When you walk on crutches long enough, the legs become weak and unusable. No one has the power to make you happy or unhappy except yourself. Walk on, even if it sometimes hurts.” – David Scott

“...to the soul, the most minute details and the most ordinary activities, carried out with mindfulness and art, have an effect far beyond their apparent insignificance.” - Thomas Moore

The physical body is only an instrument used to play the projections of one’s soul.

“The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.” – Rumi

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” – Rumi

“The soul has been given its own ears to hear things mind does not understand.” – Rumi

“Open your hands if you want to be held.” – Rumi

“Our relationships are a reflection of the relationship we have with ourselves.” - Iyanla Vanzant

“When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.” – Rumi

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” – Rumi

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coehlo

“Yoga teaches us that change should occur slowly and deliberately, as in harmony with nature. There are no quick fixes in life. The rock is worn away by the constant, unfaltering drop of water that is hitting it. When change occurs too quickly in nature, often cataclysmic destruction occurs. Lasting changes in our lives should be measured and made with patience. If we awake one day, and we cannot close the front button of our pants, we have two choices: get bigger pants or work on losing weight. Lasting weight loss occurs with tiny modifications in our behaviors.”

“In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

"Life is about change. Sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's beautiful. But most of the time, it's both." - Lana Lang

“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley

“Success is not the absence of failure; it's the persistence through failure.” - Aisha Tyler

“If you want money more than anything, you’ll be bought and sold your whole life.” – Rumi

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.” – Rumi

“Often care of the soul means not taking sides when there is a conflict at a deep level. It may be necessary to stretch the heart wide enough to embrace contradiction and paradox.” - Thomas Moore