Life doesn’t always give us what we want, but it instead gives us what we need. I am a true believer in this statement and know that it has most certainly been the case in my life. After graduating from college, I expected my life to follow a certain order, and when it refused to go the way I had planned out, I had a hard time dealing with it.
During that time, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, which inspired me to live the life I had secretly dreamed of, one where I’d get to travel the world and live completely for my desires and dreams. One where I could look deep inside of myself and ask the tough questions, like what it was that made me truly happy. One part of the book that really opened my eyes and helped me was this:
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
It was then that I realized my happiness was an inside job, something that over time would require maintenance. It was eye-opening, but also has led me to exactly where I am in my life.
While reading about Gilbert’s experience, specifically in India, I knew I wanted to have a similar experience when I finally made it to the Asian country, except not just with meditation, but also with yoga. About six years later, I finally found myself on that journey in India, not too unlike Gilbert’s, except I had made the decision to become a yoga teacher. This would allow me to not only improve my life, but to also make a difference in the lives of others.
My training made more of a mark on me than I had anticipated. Four weeks of living on a strict schedule and vegetarian diet, changed the way I understood not only myself, but also the world I live in and the people around me. As I began to understand the mindset of yoga, not just the physical aspects of the practice, I was forced to look at the world differently and better understand it.
Through travel, I have begun to realize my impact on the world, and through yoga, I have made strides to make that impact a more positive one. I know I can do that through the way I choose to live my life and the attitude I put forth each and every day. As a yoga teacher, I can impact others in a positive way and allow them to see the power they hold within them. It’s an inspiring job to have, and it keeps me in a constant positive mindset.
Because I want to live a positive life and inspire others to do the same, I am always on the lookout for companies and products whose intentions match my own; Awayk is one of those. The apparel company, launching this month, aims to spread good vibes through their t-shirts, and their message on their about page explains it better than I ever could:
“We believe that positive vibrations resonate best when shared from one person to the next. We believe that positivity, creativity, and mindfulness are powerfully infectious. We believe your vibe attracts your tribe. We want to empower you to share your light with the world. We are AWAYK.”
Their t-shirts and tanks have sayings like, Inhale confidence exhale doubt, Go with the flow, and Silence is loaded with answers and come in a variety of styles from over-sized muscle tees to crop tops. Their prices are also quite reasonable, starting at twenty USD, considering the product’s great quality.
The more we all spread the light, the better impact we can make on the world. We need to shift our focus and become more positive and uplifting as a world, and look at ways we can help each other, not bring each other down. We need more companies who spread positive vibes through their brands, and we need to praise the ones who are already doing so. The world needs more of this.
Of course, sometimes life can bring us down, but if we learn what helps bring us up again and can control our own happiness, than we will all be better off. I believe that we all have the power to spread our positive vibes, no matter how big or small our audience, and we have the power to make a difference. There’s enough negativity out there, and I want nothing to do with it, so I will make my voice as positive and grateful as it can be, and if I can wear it on my t-shirt, it’s an even easier way to make that voice inside me heard even when I’m silent.
What kind of impact do you want to contribute to the world?
A special thanks to Awayk for sending over this shirt for me to try out. As always, all opinions are my own.
Additional thanks to my friend, Meg, at Fresh & Fancy Farms for the impromptu photo shoot in the barn.