One thing I love about yoga and meditation is how wonderful their traditions are around learning to be intentional in life. I have learned so much in these past four and a half years since I started making yoga and meditation big parts of my life.
I think it is good to have a mission statement. It makes the journey easier to navigate. It is so easy to lose our way on earth. We all make missteps. We all take wrong turns. But when there is a mission statement, it is easy to refer to it and ask, "Is this furthering my mission?"
My mission as a yogi is to become balanced. I believe in finding the middle path. I am a person who can enjoy extremes. I like adventure and excitement. But a life of thrill seeking leads to over worked adrenal glands and an agitated mind. Adrenals make cortisol which makes belly fat (not to mention disease). And of course, thrill seeking leads to big highs and big lows that are both dangerous.
The middle path, on the other hand, is not very exciting. It is often humdrum. Plodding. Unlikely to get anyone too excited. "Living the dream", as I like to say, is all about going to work, doing yoga, studying yoga, volunteering, getting to know my family and friends, learning about trees, saving for retirement, taking good care of my teeth, improving my relationships and building my compassion.
This is something I am discovering for myself at a late date in my life: intentional living is sexy. What I once thought was "cool" and what I really think is cool now are such different things. Slow and steady wins the race.