Big Idea: The idea of approaching life with curiosity rather than with fear or judgement. The idea of questioning rather than accepting.
In your self-care practice, which could include working out, what if you wondered how your body responds to movement - and noticed that - rather than working to achieve a goal (usually a number)?
In your interactions in difficult or uncomfortable situations, what if you asked a question first rather than starting with a statement?
In preparing for your least favorite parts of the holidays, what if you asked if there could be a change?
This week, try this: The next time you come across something on social media or the news that you don’t agree with (in other words, you went straight to judgement), stop and wonder why. Why is this a truth for some people and not for me?
Quote: "Let your curiosity be greater than your fear." (Pema Chodron)
Educator Resource: Christmas Yoga Story for Littles - Last week, I asked to come back to do yoga with a kindergarten class in Marissa, IL. I thought it might be fun to have the kids do yoga poses throughout a story. So I wrote a version of ‘The Littlest Christmas Tree’ where the kids had to do certain poses each time they were mentioned in the story. It’s a story about a TREE, a MOUSE, an EAGLE (you see where this is going. I had to make up some poses just to make them flow together, but that’s OK!). On the last page, there’s a description of how to do each of the poses, so even if you’ve never done yoga before, check it out.
Dad Joke: Eyelashes are supposed to prevent things from getting in your eyes, but when I do have something in my eye, it's always an eyelash. Eyeronic.
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