“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~ Groucho Marx
So many incredibly challenging things have happened this year, and yet I have felt happiness like never before. The ups and downs and highs and lows that accompany a life-threatening disease are many, but the gratitude that floods your soul when your appreciation of life deepens is immeasurable. If we can reframe the way we see life’s challenges, truly we have the power within us to take any tough situation and make it a positive one. When we start focusing on the positive we attract even more positive people and events into our lives.
Since making the mental shift that my breast cancer diagnosis has ultimately been a positive experience, all kinds of amazing things have started to happen in my life. Recently, I won the #KeepYogaWeird photo contest, $500 and two tickets to Wanderlust Austin’s weekend long Yoga + Music Festival!
Appreciating the power of positive thought, and that like attracts like, I’ve decided it will be interesting to take this premise one step further: so for the next 3 days, I will try to avoid articulating a single negative thought. It sounds easy, but I know it will require vigilance and dedication.
This weekend I am going away for a reason other than cancer treatment for the first time in 8 months! Which also means it’s the first time I’ve left the state of Massachusetts in as long.
I am headed to New York City for the night with my partner, where I will practice with my teacher Elena on Saturday morning. I haven’t seen Elena since I was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in March. I also haven’t taken a vinyasa class since my emergency port-removal surgery last Saturday night (more on that coming out on RebelleSociety.com this Monday). I am looking forward to a dose of my old town and an infusion of Elena’s elegant gracefulness and potent energy.
Saturday and Sunday night we will be in CT for a dear friend’s wedding. And then on Monday morning it’s up to Boston to see my oncologist to discuss the next stage of my treatment. (okay, so part of the trip still involves cancer…but hey, it’s the new normal).
It might get dicey here and there. I might be tempted to complain, or voice an anxiety. There will certainly be opportunities to worry about what to wear, or how I look. It might be hard for me to practice in a room full of strong and healthy bodies, while I am slowly healing from surgery and navigating my way around my still tender new boobies. But this is where the challenge will get juicy.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins