"I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly." -Oscar Wilde
WEEK 9: Short term vs. Long term
I had several emails from people wanting more information about last weeks Project Me yoga activity. It's called Bhavana. If you would like some more information about it I suggest this website. If you click on the "articles" link, Robert has a lot of great information there. I've met him in person and have studied under him a little bit. He's pretty amazing. I definitely suggest reading some of his articles if you're interested in learning more about yoga.
"Life is an eternal quest about knowing oneself." -Unknown
There is only one person who knows what's best for you, and that's you. Sometimes it's okay to reach for that cupcake that is calling your name, or to go out on a date with Mr. Afraid-of-commitment, but if you always act on impulse and never take the time to determine what is best for you, you will end up unhappy and with some extra unwanted pounds or, worse, a broken heart. The next time you crave something that could possibly cause you grief, be sure to ask yourself the following:
- Is this good for me?
- Does this feel good? Does this feel right?
- Is this what is best for me in the long run?
- Am I doing this for short term pleasure or long term gain?
When you find that you are acting on impulse and leaning towards short term pleasures, ask yourself the following:
- Why am I doing this?
- Is this what is best for me? If not, why do I continue to do it?
- How can I change my patterns to stop my impulsive ways?
- Who do I have around me that can help me stop my self-destructive ways?
- What is the root problem and reason that I am doing this?
Long term gain is what we all should be striving for. By long term gain, I'm talking about sustained happiness. Not temporary happiness that comes from eating a brownie, or from buying a new dress, etc. Make daily decisions that honor yourself and, as a result, your happiness. Do what is best for you. Put yourself and your happiness first. If you don't do this, no one else will.
Past Project Me prompts can be found here.