xinalani 083Welcome to Day 6 of our 21 Day Yoga Challenge. I officially declare today as a day free from gossip. Let’s all band together and commit to not engaging in gossip for the next 48 hours. Are you with me?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, gossip is defined as:

: information about the behavior and personal lives of other people

: information about the lives of famous people

: a person who often talks about the private details of other people’s lives

As with most things in life, it’s important to look closely, honestly at our intentions. To me, gossip isn’t just discussing someone else’s business. It’s with the intent to make ourselves feel better by comparing our situation to someone else’s. Or it is to share secret information, making ourselves feel better by “owning” someone else’s private business.

I used to be a gossip and have come a long way in my “recovery”. I think most of my friends consider me to be trustworthy and kind now. But every once in a while, I fall back in the hole. I did this week. And it just feels bad. It’s that sick little feeling in the pit of the stomach when you know you’ve done wrong. And that’s the thing about gossip…you can’t really take the words back.

In your meditation practice today, reflect on what drives your urge to gossip and then set an intention to stop.