Mindful Smack: Pure Presence!

I’ve been trying to figure out how to shift negativity out of my mind, out of my life. I’ve found that I’m perpetuating complaints, frustration and anger by giving them reckless voices without consciously choosing how I express myself. If I can do it while I’m teaching, what do I need to know to do it elsewhere?

To transmute negativity into pure presence, know that we can HOLD it, for a finite period of time, a moment, an hour, a day, and SEE the immediacy of the negativity from a place of presence within… then choose HOW to express or use it.

I can choose to say something in a constructive way, I can even choose to discard it and never need it again… but if I don’t take the time to HOLD it, I cannot choose anything. And the real victim of that negativity is me.

Here’s to transmuting negativity into pure presence.


Elena Brower is the founder and co-owner of VIRAYOGA in NYC; her writings and teaching schedule can be found at her recently updated website www.elenabrower.com.  For information on her new yoga workbook Art of Attention, check out the site here.

  • Genius, Elena! We always have a choice! Thank you for this insight.

  • Beautiful. LOVE this and love you, Elena. You are an inspirational teacher and total soul sister! xo

  • Missalexisrai

    Thank you! Very helpful! I have been dealing with this issue recently.
    I needed this friendly reminder.

    Pure presence is the answer to life! 

  • : I needed this today and needed to share it too! <3

  • Dianegrosche

    Happy Happy Happy I can receive the mindful smacks on my iPhone now…thank you! Thank you for such a lovely message as well. Namaste