Five things you will wish you had done
A number of people coming to my classes have been wearing pulse monitors and I have asked what their pulse rate is at both the beginning and end of the class the results are between 10-15 beats a minute at the end of the class - see yoga "does what it says on the tin"
It is unfortunate that at the end of our lives we have many regrets which is a shame as life is for living. Recently I read an article about someone who said there were 5 things people always regretted so here are 5 helpful ways to live life.
1. Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expected of you.
When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. So why not treat yourself to 4 days Yoga at my Andalucian Spanish mountain retreat. Contact me regarding late booking discount available for June 8-11th.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
There was an interesting article in The Telegraph about how yoga beats a crossword for avoiding dementia.
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.......
Yours in Yoga,