Random Inspiration and a Yoga Interview

My husband is involved with the Gestalt International Study Center (GISC) based in Welfleet Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Taken from their website GISC is an educational nonprofit organization offering advanced professional training worldwide for leaders, consultants, coaches, therapists.

As I walked past our fridge the other day I noticed a magnet from GISC and I wanted to share the thoughts, written by Sonia March Nevis, co-founder of GISC and current Dean of Faculty, with you here today.

Be generous, it’s good for your heart.

Disappoint people with regret, but do disappoint them.

Be curious, you’ll learn continuously

Talk directly to people, not about them to others.

Enjoy differences, we need other’s perspectives.

Think optimistically so you see what’s working.

Look for the humor in your life.

Do you connect with one line more than others?  My favorite is the line about disappointing people.

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A big shout out and thank you to my friend Evita at Evolving Wellness who recently interviewed me about my experiences as a yoga student and instructor.  If you’ve been curious at all about yoga as a practice for yourself, I hope you’ll visit her blog to read the interview.

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  • http://www.jungleoflife.com Lance

    Hey Stacey,
    That line: “Be curious, you’ll learn continuously” is the one I’m really connecting with today. And – lots of good stuff in these statements, if we really take them to heart…

    I was reading a newsletter today from a local running shop – and they’re offering asana yoga for the runner’s body. It’s so tempting…except that it’s at their store that is furthest away from here (and definitely a bit of a drive). Okay, off to check out the interview…I’m becoming more and more curious…

  • http://evolvingwellness.com Evita

    Hi Stacey

    Great piece of inspiration. I was surprised at first by the second line, but quickly I realized the meaning. One of the biggest reasons for so much unhappiness in our lives today is because we try to please everyone and that is frankly impossible.

    So I loved all the lines – they offer valuable practical wisdom in a very short and concise way.

    And thank you for the interview again – it was such a pleasure to feature you, and learn more from you!

  • http://www.prolificliving.com Farnoosh

    Curious about yoga? I am MAD about yoga…..Reading the interview now but I wish it were in person …..thank you for promoting yoga Stacey :)!!!

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Lance – yoga for runners, YES!!!

    Evita – thank you! People pleasing gets us no where… I learned that the hard way which is why that line really resonated with me!

    Farnoosh – It took me a minute to realize you meant MAD in a “good” way! I love yoga, it’s a wonderful practice.

  • http://www.purposepowercoaching.com Chris Edgar

    “Do disappoint them” — that’s great advice, I think. Not that we need to seek out opportunities to disappoint people — they tend to present themselves often enough. :) It seems like so many people (myself included sometimes) could benefit from experiencing the sensations that come up when we feel like we’re not pleasing someone else — learning to be with these feelings is such an important step toward freedom and maturation.

  • http://www.positiveletters.com Hilary

    Hi Stacey .. I liked be generous it’s good for your heart .. but the disappointing people is essential sometimes .. talk directly to people not about them resonated with me ..

    but as Lance said .. and as you’ve got here .. be curious, you’ll learn continuously .. I think I do that ..

    Great quotes .. and thoughts .. and I now look for humour, or react with a smile and laugh with my mother .. as I certainly cannot do anything else .. and it sure helps ..

    I hope to get to do some yoga once I’m free of trials and tribulations .. all things in good time – have a lovely weekend .. and thanks for these thoughts .. Hilary

  • http://theboldlife.com Tess The Bold Life

    Hi Stacey,

    Wow what cool and direct wisdom. For me it was talking directly to people not about them to others. I used to be in trouble for being so direct until about 15 years ago when I learned how to do it with class. The reason why it took me so long was I never had a teacher. It’s a beautiful thing to learn.

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