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How I Get Through Tough Times + Surfing The Spine Video

We all have gone through, and are going through, hardships. Some of us may know how to deal with ourselves in those situations, although many of us find ourselves stuck in the muck.

Mornings can be the toughest for me when I'm going through a downward spiral. Sometimes my dharma (duty/calling) for those days is just getting out bed. Is just to get my feet to hit the floor.

Personally, I find that the first hour of my day is the most crucial part of the entire 24-hours. I heard once, that creating a solid morning routine is like putting the train on the right track at the beginning of the day, rather than trying to right a derailed train later.

In my belief system, everything happens for a reason. So, I begin with accepting that these tough times are necessary for my growth. It's when I start to resist the situation and my feelings, that I tend to make things worse. What we resist, persists. Am I right or am I right?

The negativity that shows up is an opportunity to learn what you don't want. If you can accept your situation for what it is, you can start changing your perspective to focus on the positive and ultimately start taking action. This can be as simple as taking responsibility for your life.

Here are a handful of tips to help you get through tough times and help you take control of your day, before it even begins...

  1. Morning Mantra: The day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn. Smile wide.

  2. Gratitude. For the little things. For waking up alive, breathing and able to move your body.

  3. This too shall pass. This moment is impermanent. Tough times will come and go, and knowing this too shall pass will enable you to get through anything. Doesn't mean it will be easy, but it eases the pain.

  4. F.E.A.R — Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. I'm my own enemy when it comes to this point. For many of us we need to constantly remind ourselves that fear is just an illusion. Just like joy, and love, fear is simply energy that can be redirected. Change your focus. Shift your perspective.

  5. You are not alone. What ever you're going through, there is someone else out there: hurting, grieving, angry, going through tougher times. Sometimes when we downward spiral we dim our light and life seems dark. We feel alone and in ways trapped in our own inner dialogue. This is when it's important to talk to someone, find a voice of reason to bring you back to reality and remind you of your potential and what a beautiful being you are.

Other days we need to drop out of the mind from all the negative chatter and drop into the body. Take 10-minutes out of your morning to honour your body by surfing the spine through the six movements of the spinal column. Go straight to your yoga video.

May your morning be filled with gratitude,

and may you have compassion towards yourself.

Keep, keepin' on.​


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