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2018 Reflection

Living the life you were born to live takes courage. 

We come into this world from our soul state, the blueprint bright within. Over time, the external influences fog that clarity. We lose consciousness of who we came to be and what we came to do. 


The work of yoga invites us to remain open to inner guidance to live dynamically; that is learning, growing, gathering wisdom. With self-awareness and a global spirit our energy can effect genuine change in the people and systems around us.

Each year-end we enjoy a collective sigh and slow down. This quiet pocket of days supports time to reflect.

Take yourself somewhere quiet, beautiful. Be comfortable. Enjoy 10 quiet breaths with your eyes closed. Pause in stillness and do 10 more slow, even breaths. 

After your reflection (below), write one or two words on a card and place it somewhere that you will see every day. This is your personal work, the gathering of wisdom, which becomes world service as you change and influence others to consider their responses to life more carefully.


1 What personal values do you yearn to live by? Or, rephrased, what part of you do you wish to bring to life? 

Most of us already know the answer but struggle to live it. I refer to the person you can feel inside but who continues to use the same responses to life under pressure, or who takes the comfortable route because it is too hard to practice being more “positive”, “easeful”, more of a “leader”, more “trusting”, “charismatic”, “fun” or “courageous”.  You were born to be these things too but we tend to lose the blueprint in others’ plans for us.

Here are some personal values to aspire to live by: Balance, Ease, Persevering, Assertive, Kind, Attentive, Leadership, Optimistic, Determined, Ethical, Self-Aware, Contentment, Light-hearted, Supportive, Reflective, Steady, Reliable,  Spiritual, Creative and here are 400 more (choose 1 or 2 that resonate). 

2 Once you have identified one or two values to work toward, list a few obstacles or resistance that appear to block attainment.


3 Are these obstacles real, imagined, stemming from beliefs that are not aligned with your Nature? Write your honest understanding of what prevents you from reclaiming these positive soul traits. 

4 List a few simple ways could you could cultivate this state. Include one big step, even if it feels impossible now.  Sit comfortably with the awareness of the boundaries you create.

In 2019, our sanga (YogaMeWell’s student group), begins the inspired work of expanding into these heart-led values.  Because we all deserve to love the skin we’re in.  Come on, join us. 


Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior teacher of yoga, mindfulness and a freelance writer.