mireya semelas

yoga · mindfulness · reiki



20 lessons from 2020

As we glide through the last days of this [fill in the gap] year, I want to take the time to reflect back on some crucial personal realizations that I adamantly want to carry over into 2021 (and beyond).

  1. life is strange. And ephemeral. Live it
  2. change overwhelms me
  3. routines are saviors
  4. nothing (nothing) can substitute human touch. Hug often
  5. re-assess often who and what I invest my energy in. If it is not adding value to my life, re-direct accordingly
  6. loneliness hurts. Physically hurts
  7. life is better with a dog
  8. nature heals
  9. nothing is under control
  10. asking for help is not a weakness
  11. mental health is a priority, not a privilege
  12. meditate. Every day and more so when I feel unable
  13. remember often the souls who shone brighter on my darkest days
  14. I don’t need half of the things I think I need
  15. everyone is fighting their own battle. Be kind. Always
  16. check-in often with those who you love
  17. if I am able to do something, I should. It may not be possible tomorrow
  18. half of what weighs me down is not mine to carry
  19. don’t take anything or anyone for granted. Be grateful for all I have
  20. it’s ok not to be ok. Accept emotions. Let them hurt until they don’t hurt any more



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Propósitos Para el Nuevo Año

Seguro que a estas alturas ya tienes tu lista. Parecida a la del año anterior. De esas que vamos olvidando con la misma rapidez con la que llega marzo. De esas que nos vienen a la memoria mientras apuramos los últimos lunes de diciembre.

¿Y si este año en lugar de pensar en todo aquello que harás en el 2016 te propones dejar de hacer lo que ahora ya haces y que no te aporta felicidad?

No soy muy dada a los propósitos de Año Nuevo. No por dudar de mi capacidad de cumplirlos, sino porque soy firme creyente de que el 1 de enero es tan especial como cualquier amanecer. Cada día trae nuevas posibilidades, nuevas oportunidades de ser un poquito más feliz. Y por eso, cada día del 2016 dejaré de…

  1. …ser mi peor enemigo
    No pensaré una y otra vez en los errores cometidos. No me compararé con otras personas. No utilizaré palabras hacia mí que no utilizaría hacia las personas que más quiero.
  2. …invertir tiempo y energías en gente que me vacía
    No me camuflaré bajo palabras o risas falsas por tratar de ser quien no soy. No seré testigo mudo de injusticias.
  3. …olvidar divertirme
    No estaré siempre ocupada con cosas que no me aportan más que indiferencia o incluso malestar. No haré siempre las mismas cosas por miedo a qué pasará.
  4. …ignorar mi intuición
    No actuaré basándome en lo que crea que los demás esperan de mi.

Y tú ¿qué vas a dejar de hacer?


New Year’s Resolutions

Surely by now you have your list. Probably a similar list to the one you did last year. The type of list that gets forgotten at the same speed as March arrives. The type of list that vaguely comes back to mind on the last Mondays of December.

What if, instead of thinking about all of those things you will do in 2016, you focus on stop doing all of the things that distance yourself from happiness?

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Not because of failure in keeping them, but because I’m a firm believer that 1st January is as special as every other dawn. Every day brings new possibilities, new opportunities to feel a little happier. This is why every day in 2016 I will stop…

  1. …being my own worst enemy
    I will not think over and over again about my past mistakes. I will not compare myself to others. I will not use words against myself that I wouldn’t use towards those who I love most.
  2. …investing time and energy in those who leave me empty
    I will not conceal myself behind unauthentic words or smiles to be who I am not. I will not be a silent witness of injustice.
  3. …forgetting to have fun
    I will not be always busy with things that bring me nothing but indifference. I will not do the same things over and over again out of fear of what might happen if I don’t.
  4. …ignoring my intuition
    I will not act based on what I think others expect from me.

And you? What are you going to stop doing?


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