I end every yoga class saying the same thing. The identical phrase one of my first yoga teachers used to say to me as I was rising out of my final relaxation.
"Breathe in positive thoughts, hope for the future. Breathe out negativity and toxic relationships."
Those last two words resonate with me day after day, week after week. Toxic relationships.
There is a specific friend I think of. One that feels forced, out of obligation and causes me stress, hurt and worry. One that I know I don't need in my life.
How do you break up with a friend?
Do you simply ignore them, which is the passive aggressive approach that I'm taking?
Or sit down and say, "We can no longer be friends."
I haven't figured it out.
Recently I have met some real people that fill me up with knowledge, advice and laughter. My yoga students who teach me and writers at Chicago Now that inspire me.
Why spend time around toxic people, when there are so many honest and interesting people out there?