The cuteness. It’s just too much.
1. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want.
“What are you waiting for?” he asks a potential customer. “An invitation?”
2. You can learn a lot from a person’s shoes.
“I can tell if [a man] is cheap, selfish, inconsiderate, don’t give a damn,” Don says. “You can tell if he’s got some money. You can tell if he’s pretending to have money. All that is a three-second read.”
3. You can’t be good at EVERYTHING. Just accept that.
“I was a pastry chef for 10 years. I went to culinary school. I was feeling like, ‘Oh, I went to school for this. I gotta succeed at this. I didn’t want to feel like a failure,’ but it wasn’t for me,” Don says. “So when I finally got up the kahunas to say, ‘You know what? I’m gonna go back to [shining shoes]’, I quit that job.”
4. Work hard.
“You work outside all year long?” the interviewer asks Don. “The show goes on,” he responds. “Nine degrees or 90 degrees.”
5. Give a damn.
“Young man,” Don yells to a passerby. “You’ve got to start caring again.”
6. Learn from your past, and move on.
“I live my life with no regrets,” Don says as he deftly polishes another pair of shoes. “None.”
7. Strive to be the best person you can be, but stay true to who you are.
“I guess till the day I leave this earth, I will always be pushing for better and not worrying about how someone else perceives what I should be. I’m gonna be me. That’s it,” Don says. “However you react or respond to it is your business.”
And if all else fails, make sure your shoes look good:
“Can’t look neat if your shoes look beat.”
And there is good reason to do so: The ancient practice of yoga promotes a bounty of mind and body benefits, including things like strength and flexibility or stress relief and even a sunnier disposition.
“People underestimate the power of those few minutes before we get out of bed and rush into our day,” says Vyda Bielkus, co-founder of Boston’s Health Yoga Life. “In those moments, we can set up some clear intentions and choices.”
According to a 2013 survey from IDC, most of us aren’t giving ourselves this moment to be mindful: 89 percent of 19-24-year-old smartphone owners reach for their cell within 15 minutes of waking up. Swapping that phone-checking habit for a a few artful stretches could be your ticket for a better day or a more restful slumber (63 percent of a similar demographic take their devices to sleep with them). “Quieting the mind brings us back to center,” the yoga instructor says. “Yoga is a great way to unwind from stress or greet the day.”
Before you get moving atop the covers, there are few things to keep in mind. Know that you won’t be able to go as far in a posture on the bed. A floor’s hard surface offers more support and resistance for stretch. And, take note of the sensations in your body: If anything hurts or feels too intense, plop yourself into child’s pose (see below) to recover. Now, check out these nine, mattress-approved poses below.
Reclining Goddess Pose
Lie with the soles of your feet touching. You can keep your arms by your side or stretch your hands above your head — whatever feels best. Bielkus says this is a good pose to do before you go to sleep — it’ll settle the mind and help you unwind.
This is an especially soothing meditative posture, one that Bieklus calls a “time out for adults.” “Doing this inversion will ease tension in your legs,” says the yoga instructor, who recommends the pose or anyone who’s active on their feet all day or may have over done it at the gym. Turn your hips toward the wall and kick your legs up and lean rest them vertically against it. “People who have a hard time meditating may find this as an easier way to clear their minds,” Bieklus adds. Tight hips? Put a pillow under your seat to ease any discomfort.
Sit up on your bed and fold forward, reaching for your heels, toes or shins. “Wherever your hands land is fine,” Bielkus says. If you feel tight in the backs of your legs, be sure to bend your knees. This move is great for winding down: It is relaxing and cooling. Be sure to focus on your exhale — it’ll deepen the stretch.
Easy Supine Twist
Try this move before you get out of bed in the morning: It’ll awaken your spine and prepare you for the day ahead. While on your back, hug your knees to your chest. Hold your legs behind the knees with your right forearm and bring your knees to the bed on your right side. Now, gently look left. Repeat on your other side.
While lying flat on your back, bring your hands underneath your hips. Lift your chest and heart above your shoulders and stretch your head back. Bielkus says this pose is energizing, so do it as the sun comes up.
Happy Baby Pose
This pose is mentally calming while physically stimulating, which makes it perfect for a day when you have a lot on your plate. Lie flat on your back with your feet in the air and grip the outside of your feet with your hands. Open your knees a little wider than your torso, then bring them up toward your torso. Gently rock in a way that feels comfortable, while pushing your feet into your hands as you pull your hands down to create a resistance. “Find a still point in your body and focus on driving the rail bone down,” Bielkus says. “This will elongate the lower back and allow the hips to stretch. It gets the blood flowing.”
This simple, calming pose is easy to do in bed. Kneel on the mattress and allow your big toes to touch. Separate your knees as wide as your hips (or as far as is comfortable) and lie down between your thighs. Stay here as long as you like — this pose is restorative
This pose may look like sleeping, but it’s really a practice, as Bielkus describes, of consciously resting. “This is an awesome state for the mind to be in. It’s about awakening within the self.” Lie on your back with your arms by your side, with the palms facing upward. “This is when you come out of your human doing and come into your human being,” the instructor says. “It’s about fully being present.” This pose is quite versatile: Do it as a wind-down before bed to empty your thoughts so they don’t keep you up or night, or use the time in the morning to set an intention for the day ahead.
Pigeon pose is an intense leg stretch that’ll open your hips and leave you feeling revitalized. With your hands shoulder-distance apart, come onto all fours. Bring your right knee forward between your hands so your outer right leg is resting on the bed. Make sure your left leg is in line with its own hip socket and that your left foot is laying flat. With an exhale, fold forward over your right knee. Stay here for as long as you need, then repeat on the other side.
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Interviewer: Maranda Pleasant
Maranda Pleasant: What are the things that make you come most alive?
Marianne Williamson: I can’t say that there are “things” that make me come alive. There are thoughts that make me come alive. Those are thoughts that take me beyond myself; that remind me that there’s a bigger game going on on this planet than simply my own existence; that love works miracles, and how much we need them now.
MP: What are things or thoughts that make you feel vulnerable?
MW: Intimacy. I think that’s true for everyone. Both the gift and the burden of real closeness with another human being.
MP: How do you handle emotional pain when it comes in?
MW: I surrender it to God, knowing that the pain itself is a product or a reflection of how I am interpreting whatever it is that is causing me pain. Some pain is simply the normal grief of human existence. That is pain that I try to make room for. I honor my grief. I try to be kinder to myself. I give myself time to move through and to process whatever is making me sad.
There are other kinds of emotional pain that emerge from our own mistaken thinking. As we surrender that pain, we are inviting into our thought system a guide who will lead us to different thoughts. It’s like the song “Amazing Grace”: I was blind and now I see. Often on a journey of spiritual transformation, that is ultimately what heals the pain: the veil is removed from in front of our own eyes and we see where we had been thinking thoughts that would inevitably lead to pain. Until we change those thoughts, the pain will remain.
MP: Is there a practice that you have for maintaining your center, for maintaining balance in the middle of chaos?
MW: I’m a student of A Course in Miracles, so I do the workbook every day. I also do Transcendental Meditation. If I am disciplined about either of those on any given day, I have a far greater probability of remaining peaceful, at least until dinner.
MP: [laughing] It seems like every person I’m talking to is doing TM now.
MW: I’ve had a TM mantra since 1973.
MP: I need to start. Let’s talk about what in you wanted to be born or said in your book, “The Law of Divine Compensation.” It talks about money and work and love. What is special about this book?
MW: That was born of circumstances that are anything but special; it was born of circumstances that are quite distressing. And that’s that this last recession really pummeled people. A level of anxiety and tension and outright fear that so many people have felt, not only during the recession but during this slow economic recovery since. This made me very much want to up the conversation about how miracle-minded thinking applies to that area of life. In A Course in Miracles, it says you think you have many different problems, but you really only have one, and that is your separation from God, which means your separation from loving thought. We are dominated on this planet by a fear-based rather than a love-based thought system. Enlightenment involves relinquishing the thought system based on fear and instead accepting a thought system based on love.
In the area of work and money, we have one of the most intense gaps between fear-based and love-based thought. It’s not that a miracle mindset applies to work and money any more than it applies to anything else; rather, it applies there no less than anywhere else. The world we live in pictures a pie with only so many pieces, and if other people have more you have less, and you have to compete with other people in order to try to get ahead. You have to sell yourself at every available opportunity. The shift, the enlightened shift, has to do with a movement from competition to collaboration, from sales to service, from ambition to inspiration, and to a belief in scarcity to a belief in abundance as an eternal spiritual quality.
The Law of Divine Compensation posits that this is a self-organizing and self-correcting universe: the embryo becomes a baby, the bud becomes a blossom, the acorn becomes an oak tree. Clearly, there is some invisible force that is moving every aspect of reality to its next best expression. And the universe is not only self-organizing, it is also self-correcting. The embryo becomes a baby; the baby is born; its lungs continue to breathe — not only were they created but then they continue to breathe. The heart is not only created but it continues to breathe. If there is injury and disease that becomes present within the body, the body is also equipped with an immune system to correct that.
The metaphysical notion here is that that self-organizing and self-correcting imprint is on all aspects of reality. So not only was your body formed by this invisible hand, not only does your body continue to work by this invisible hand, but every aspect of your life — emotionally, physiologically, and spiritually — is also programmed to thrive, is also programmed for self-organization and self-correction. Now, if we only identify with the mortal world, then we identify with a level of scarcity and lack and brokenness, and that will be our experience. But if we shift our experience of self-identification — and this is what enlightenment is — from the body-self to the spiritual-self, then we place ourselves under an entirely different set of possibilities and probabilities. And we can invoke spiritual compensation when we find ourselves in situations of material lack. In other words, what happens for most of us is that we are tempted and we are taught, we are trained as it were, to meet limited circumstances with limited thought. If we lose a job, we are easily tempted into thoughts like, “Ain’t it awful? There aren’t any jobs out there. This is terrible. It’ll be awhile before the economy comes back. Even if they’re hiring someone, they’re not hiring someone my age with my resume.” And that’s really what causes the crash and burn. The fact is, there are Fortune 500 companies that have been founded during recessions.
The issue of spiritual power is to meet the limited mortal circumstance with unlimited thought. As in, “Yes, this is a temporary deviation from love’s flow, but it is only happening on the mortal plane; love itself compensates for any diminishment. Much like a GPS, love re-calibrates itself if you’ve made a wrong turn.” As long as you identify with the universe — which is perfect and can correct material conditions to bring them back into alignment with that Divine perfection — as long as that is where your mind is aligned, it’s as though there were two parallel universes. You decide with every thought you think which one you’re going to inhabit. Two parallel universes of experience, as it were. I think with the economy having moved into the dark tunnels of our current situation, this is information which is helpful for a lot of people.
MP: I want to ask you with your time with Oprah and “Super Soul Sunday.” Is there anything particularly special to you about that exchange?
MW: It was special because that particular interview was about my book, Return to Love, which came out twenty years ago. Oprah having the book on her program when it first came out catapulted it to success in a way that would absolutely not have occurred otherwise. She opened up fields of possibility and experience for me, professionally, that I will be eternally grateful for. She reran a couple of interviews from twenty years ago, and we both had a good laugh about the hairdos and shoulder pads. It was very fun and very funny.
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