Start Your Week with Courage

“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'

'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”

-George R.R. Martin

By Maggie McDowell, RYCT, E-RYT

“Courage” is one of my favorite one-word intentions. It evokes the image of superheroes, dragon slayers, and mountain climbers. Everyday courage isn’t always as large or glamorous as that, but it can have just as big of an impact on your life.

In my roles as an elementary school teacher, a yoga teacher, a sister, a friend, a wife, and a human living in the world, I regularly have to (and get to) do things that are out of my comfort zone. Last week I had to substitute in a kindergarten class where they were using *glitter.* Talk about terrifying!

Setting the intention to have courage reminds me that I can face whatever comes up during my day mindfully and bravely. Whenever the intention comes to mind, I give my brain an extra reminder by also using my body:

I pull my arms and shoulders back and lift my chin, superhero-style.

This intention in the past has inspired me to:

  • make a phone call I’ve been dreading

  • try a new variation on a yoga pose

  • go out of the box during a math lesson

  • make a new friend

  • have an uncomfortable conversation with my husband

  • tell a bad joke

  • teach yoga and mindfulness!

Try setting courage as your intention today. Here are some ways that you can incorporate courage into your families’ every day:

  • encourage your children to take risks and to try new things

  • do things that make you nervous

  • talk together, as a family, about things that make you scared and what you do to face your fears

Be intentional about living courageously and let us know what brave adventures you embarked on, due to facing your fears.