Finding the “Yes”!


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This week I’m headed to Barbados for bytracye workshop and retreat planning, yoga, beach time, fun, sun, and a little rest and relaxation. Can’t wait! And funny enough, I almost talked myself out of the whole trip a couple of weeks ago, using every excuse in the book to keep me from getting on that plane. You know a few of our favorites like “the timing just isn’t right”, “maybe I shouldn’t spend money now and on this”, etc. Silly, silly me, right? 

Well, as I was revisiting and reorganizing old posts today, I came across something I wrote for First 30 Days blog almost six years ago that reminded me to continue to walk right through absurd doubts, little fears and ridiculous worries. I thought I’d share it again for a little Monday Motivation.  Enjoy and don’t forget to Breathe Big and Live Big today!

Be Well, Tracye

“Believe the universe is conspiring to support you,” my yoga instructor offered as the sweat poured from my body and my mind screamed “You can’t do this today! Child’s pose, just child’s pose! As a matter of fact, you’re crazy to believe you can succeed with any of your silly ideas.”

I was completely lost in the “No” moment that morning. I walked into the studio in the “No” mind space. Stuck. At least I thought. But yoga is an interesting thing. The more I focused on the breath, the more I focused on the flow of my body, the more I opened my mind to the possibility – to the “Yes!” that could be if I let it.

The moment was mine. I could give in to the ridiculous notion of fear and failure or I could flow right through it and know without a doubt that the universe truly is conspiring to support me! Which do you think I chose? Which do you choose?

Try turning your “No” moments into “Yes!” this year and see what happens.

  • Take mental (maybe written!) note of how often your mind goes to the “No” place in one day and possible reasons?
  • Write down all of the times that “Yes!” changed your life in a positive way.
  • Enlist the help of “Yes!” buddy to support your journey.

Trust and see yourself as the superstar that others do. Know that the moment is yours if you choose. Be well!

Drop that Dead Weight!

I think of my marathon running days. I can never carry all those gadgets, backpacks, water, sports drinks, goo, etc. It’s just too heavy. The race is way too long and hard for all that crap. I feel weighed down during a time when I need to feel like I could fly.

Drop it! In my first long race years ago, I remember tossing stuff along the roadside. I had to get lighter and keep moving to the finish line. Relying on my mental strength, my team and volunteers at the water stops was my only choice.

In yoga class, people arrive and set up “their” spot with the fancy mat, eighteen water bottles, special towel, and anything else they can find to get the perfect flow. Perhaps distractions? A little dead weight? I’m just saying. Drop it!
As you look at your life, ask yourself “How much dead weight am I carrying?” What’s got to go?

On a recent trip a beloved friend reminded me to question the value-add of the people, events, and possessions in my life. Is there someone, something, some place that is holding you back from your true self? Your destiny? Your peace? Your freedom?

So how do you know? Oh, you know! And if for some reason you’re not listening to your own voice or heart and still can’t figure it out, ask The Divine. Then listen and do –the hardest part being the “do.” I know this personally, so here are a few suggestions from someone in the active “Drop it!” state:

  • Get with your Real Team – Who are the people who keep it real in your life? Who will honestly and out of true love tell you when you’re wrong, someone is wrong for you, or something is wrong. Listen and do.
  • Be honest with yourself – It’s hard and exhausting to toss all dead weight at once. Take it a pound at a time.
  • Stay on the lookout for volunteers and water stops along the way – If we pay attention we will find that help and cheers are available everywhere.
  • Go to The Divine – Humble yourself and know that there is a greater source. Be guided.

The journey of living and being well is about releasing that which holds of from love, from freedom. Drop it! Drop it by the roadside and keep moving to the finish line. I know that’s my focus. What about you? Life is waiting. Be Well!

This post originally appeared on First 30 Days blog on August 3, 2010.

About Tracye

Known for her motivational mantras and joyful practice, Tracye Warfield puts the play in yoga and yummy food. Tracye began practicing yoga in 1999, when she first hobbled onto the mat after a long and achy marathon. Ten years later, she walked away from a successful career in corporate America to start living the life she was meant to live. Currently, she teaches Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Hatha, and Pilates in studio classes, workshops, online, with private clients, and at her bytracye yoga.yummy food retreats throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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