10 Tips for Tough Times

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Breathe deeply. Breathe fully. Trust life. Watch opportunities unfold before you; especially when things aren’t going according to plan.

    There’s an immeasurable universe we are a part of. Understand you will not know the answer to “why”. But you can gather information to use to keep moving forward in your life’s purpose.

    Have confidence in the decisions you make for yourself and family.
    • When choices feel right in the four corners of your home, then they are right for you.
    • Loving friends and family will honor your decisions.
    • If you begin to question your decisions, return to your home. Does your position still feel right for you? If so, you needn’t worry how others react.

    Nothing is personal – ever. You are not responsible for other people’s reactions. Their reactions are their own life’s work. You are responsible for taking care of yourself, your children (if you have them) and sharing your feelings. When you share it lets others recognize what is important to you and how you are taking in what’s happening.

    Be gentle on yourself. You are more than enough. One of my favorite sayings I’ve heard is “Don’t ‘should’ on yourself.” (Now say it out loud.) When you find the S-h word playing in your mind, be soft. Look inside. You’ll find 99% of your reasoning will be for others; not for yourself. As long as you are well, your children are well; everything else can be left for another day. Be present (in the moment) with yourself and others. Minimize multitasking.

    No secrets. Pure transparency is the only way to let inner light shine through.
    We are all part of the collective conscious, God, the divine – however you want to put into words, something indescribable, because it always has been; It Is. It is in all of us.

    We’ve all been given the breath of life which connects us to the Divine. When we acknowledge that essence inside of ourselves, we see it more in others. St. Francis of Assisi simply stated, “The one you’re looking for is the one who’s looking.”

    Let all that you do be in love. No guilt, pity or fear. When you notice guilt, pity or fear creeping in, ask yourself, why? Be brave and make a shift to do/to be that which is true to your heart – to who you are at the core.

    Be curious. There is a light and dark side on this planet. There will be challenging times. They are there to remind us how fragile life is, what our individual role is and a chance to ask questions.
    Then when the light shines brighter there’s much opportunity for gratitude. As you are no longer the same person you once were. You’ve broadened your perspective on yourself, and life. What a gift the dark moments give! What a relief when the light shines brightly!

    You are stronger than you even know.

    Elise Bowerman

    Since 2009 Elise has been supporting women and families through yoga. Her enthusiasm is empowering women during their childbearing years. Prenatal Yoga and Mom & Baby Yoga classes are where she dedicates her focus. Elise has been called a "bright light" with her gentle, yet directive approach. One of her favorite things to hear is how a mom didn't know she had options; and then realizes she does! With great joy Elise provides resources and techniques to incorporate into everyday living to create strong, present and aware moms. Elise resides in Southeast Michigan, where she was born and raised. You'll catch her with her family when she's not teaching. As a mother of two with a supportive hubby, they enjoy lazy Saturdays, going to the park and the Farmer's Market... then, a date night of fine dining followed by an at-home movie. Elise is available for speaking engagements, workshops and assisting in yoga teacher training programs. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher 500 and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

    For more information, please visit elisebowerman.com.

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      • Elise Bowerman
        Elise Bowerman says:

        Yes, the decisions we make in our home are what’s true… Especially as parents. I know this topic is broad and lots to take in. Soak in what resonates most ? Thanks for sharing, Annelyse!

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    1. Billy
      Billy says:

      That was awesome, Elise – a lot to take in! I really liked the “nothing is personal – ever” part. Because it sure doesn’t feel like it sometimes haha. Such a good reminder to practice and apply in life

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      • Elise
        Elise says:

        That part is definitely one many of us practice daily. It’s easier said than done. When someone over-reacts to a situation it usually is just their inability to deal with what’s at hand. We all experience that in our own lives, too. Life is a practice. That’s why we’re here ? Thanks for commenting, Billy!

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    2. Kathy
      Kathy says:

      Very inspirational!! I am going through very challenging time in my life and needed this healthy reminder of my strength.
      THANK YOU!!

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      • Elise Bowerman
        Elise Bowerman says:

        You’re so welcome, Kathy! You are strong enough to get through anything! Thanks for commenting. Best wishes to you.

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    3. Manu
      Manu says:

      What a coincidence today where I am feeling low today and when I read this I am back to my original identity ..thank you Elise

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    4. Anne
      Anne says:

      I have counseled many a friend and often my children that, “Should of, could of and would of” are chains holding us captive to what we cannot change behind us. Moving forward requires us to speak, “I see, I can and I will” to ourselves in order to produce a more positive inner strength of success and growth. As I am sure many have experienced, we don’t always live by our own advice when it is most needed. Today your words caught me in the act of “shoulding” myself. I so appreciate your gentle reminder of, “Don’t should yourself!” It is time to be kind to myself and think on the “I see, I can and I will.” As Deana said….press the Reset button. 🙂

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      • Elise Bowerman
        Elise Bowerman says:

        Thank you for sharing, Anne. Your “I see, I can, I will” is present and positive! I’m going to start using that, too ☺️ Thank you!

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    5. Valerie
      Valerie says:

      Oh my, this is perfect for me, while healing from a second hip injury, having to rest through the beautiful summer days, very quiet, knowing I will heal, and I appreciate the inspiring words of this day, I am Strong, I will Heal, Resting is staying in the moment that I am in rather than wishing I was off hiking and swimming.

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      • Elise Bowerman
        Elise Bowerman says:

        Speedy and smooth healing to you, Valerie. Soon you’ll be enjoying hiking and swimming! Sometimes slow days and healing processes open our eyes to the things and people we love. Then we are able to move forward we appreciate it in a new way. Thanks for commenting and sharing.

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