November. No to Yes.
It’s the month of November and time again for this most remarkable time: saying no.
At first, saying no sounds bad, like a five year old staring at their brussel sprouts. “No! I won’t!” He sticks his tongue out. To me, saying “No” still smells like failure, like I’m a bad sport (bad friend, bad worker, etc.)
That’s why we gotta practice.
Because saying no is a way of saying yes. Saying no asks us, “what is our good stuff worth? And what can we shave away to get it?”
In yoga this month, we’ve said no so far to:
- being small (be big!)
- being isolated (recognize connection!)
- rushing (savour the moment!)
You can start small.
- Say no to the coffee date you don’t really want to go on
- Say no to the extra work project
- Say no to the free tea set that your mom wants to give you (“Nooooo, thank you.”
- Say no to riding the worry train
- Say no to habit
Go on, practice loving on your inner five year old.
And say a big old YES to you.
Props to go to my gal Shandy Rae, who came up with this amazing theme several years ago. Check out her most delicious juice bar cafe in Whistler, BC if you’re there.