I live by a code of my own creation. That code is never perfect, but always progressing. (Kinda like me.)
The latest iteration = the 10 yamas + niyamas of yoga, applied to my writing + work.
A set of 10 guidelines for treating myself + others. A manifesto, of sorts.
(Like my code? Take it + use it. Better yet … find your own.)
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Remember that every word you send out into the universe eventually finds its way to a living human being.
Be respectful and humane — even if you have something difficult to say.
Satya (“refraining from dishonesty”)
If you don’t want to go, simply say “I’m honored, but no, thank you” — not “I’m too busy” or “I can’t afford it” or “Maybe next year.”
Still too hard? Add: “I trust + respect you enough to be honest.”
If you said “I’ll be there,” be there. If you said “5 o’clock,” show up. If you said “I want to hire you,” pay up.
Time is a non-renewable resource. Don’t waste it.
Brahmacharya (“wise use of sexual energy”)
Sexual energy is primal creativity.
Focus your power. Constraint is sexy.
Don’t hoard your ideas — or build a stone fortress to “protect” what you know.
Be generous. Be helpful. Let it be that simple.
Keep your mind, spirit + calendar clear. Undercommit + overdeliver.
Be available for spontaneity + surprises.
Strive to be + do better. But …
Be proud of what you’ve created + content with what you’ve got. It’s all enough.
Devotion is everything.
Keep marching. Keep marching. Keep marching.
Question why you do the things you do. Out of habit? Or genuine desire?
Ishvara pranidhana (“surrender to a higher source”)
Aim to leave everything — apartments, national parks, people’s hearts — in better condition than you found them.
Surrender to the mystery of it all.
You are in control. Except when you’re not.
P.S. For all you beautiful yogis … did I mention I’m speaking at CurveCamp this year? It’s a body-positive yoga conference for women of all ages + sizes in Nashville, Tennessee.