I love this quote from my friend and coworker, Steve. It's one of his personal mantras and I thoroughly enjoy when he shares it with our Weebly family over lunchtime chats.
In many ways moderation can be considered synonymous with balance, which is a great thing. Balanced meals, balanced diets, balanced work and play. Ying and yang and what's in between. Moderation helps us to be humble and stave off elements of greed and gluttony; it helps us from simply going "too far" into a place of regret.
But he's right--even moderation should be met with wiggle room. Life was not designed to be lived within super strict guidelines (say it with me now: There is no script to life!) or to be stressed over perfect proportions. When we put too much pressure on ourselves to hold back and restrict our gut impulses, we rarely end up in a very good place. It's totally a-OK to let go and live it up now and again...and again...and again...
Fittingly, our beautiful yoga instructor Lindsay quoted the following poem by Hafiz to us at the end of our practice yesterday;
I rarely let the word “No” escape
From my mouth
Because it is so plain to my soul
That God has shouted, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
To every luminous movement in Existence.
Go ahead, give yourself permission to be a little excessive with YES!
Moderation in moderation.
I dig it.