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As we snuggled our mats inches from each other and relaxed into child’s pose at yoga last night, Amelia asked us to elevate the person practicing next to us – through our ujjayi breath, focus, energy, resiliency.

And, I started thinking…

What about off the mat? Because what we practice on the mat – whether it’s compassion, gratitude, forgiveness or elevation – can always be practiced off the mat.

How am I elevating – am I elevating? – the people in my life, the people I love, those I encounter on a daily basis, those random one-time run-ins at the co-op or on the sidewalk at lunch? Honestly… some days I can do better. I can listen 100 percent and be present always, undistracted by my iPhone. I can take a few extra minutes to strike up a conversation with the janitor who empties the trash at my desk every single day. I can choose to not complain about the petty things. And, I can give encouraging words to others even when I’m down, too.

Choices we make all.the.time. Choices to elevate, to lift up the people in your life, to inspire them to be better people.

How are you choosing?

How are you elevating – are you elevating? – the people in your life… your spouse? your cube neighbor at work? the yogi on the mat next to you? the driver of the car next to you in traffic?

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  1. great words Erin! here to elevate eachother. x0

    September 13, 2012
    • Thanks, Candice! And, thank you for elevating me 🙂 xoxo!

      September 13, 2012
  2. I can appreciate the iPhone comment, love it, but the stinker takes me out of flow so often! I must get myself going with yoga.

    September 14, 2012
    • You and me both, Jim! It usually needs to be pried from my hand, but once it is, it feels amazing to be present in the moment.

      Commit to one practice a week and GO! 🙂

      September 14, 2012
  3. ami #

    Did you take that photo!? It’s great! And so is the post. I think I elevated a few people over the weekend which was very gratifying! 🙂

    September 17, 2012
    • I wish… random pinterest find that didn’t have a source.

      Thanks, Sis! It is gratifying, isn’t it? Thanks for always elevating me 🙂

      September 17, 2012
  4. i love this! something so important to think about… and it reminds me i need to get back into yoga!

    September 18, 2012
    • Thank you, rita! Reading THP has made me more aware that how I act impacts those around me. Best quote: “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.” 🙂

      Also, where do you practice?

      September 19, 2012

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