A yogi’s anti bucket list: 20 things not to do

I first heard the phrase “bucket list” when the movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson came out, but the concept was not new to me.   In fact, I had created a “100 things to do before I die list,” several years earlier.

Among the “to dos” that I’ve been able to check off are: “travel Europe alone,” “take ballet lessons,” and “become a certified yoga instructor.”  What was conspicuously missing, though, were the what “not not to dos,” so I’ve created a sort of anti-bucket list.

Here are a list of 20 things not to do that help me lead a more balanced existence:

  1. Don’t hurt another living being
  2. Never leave a conversation in anger
  3. Don’t make family and friends wonder if they are loved
  4. Never look over someone in need
  5. Don’t take more than you give
  6. Don’t leave a common area dirtier than you found it
  7. Don’t litter
  8. Don’t smoke
  9. Don’t treat yourself with disrespect
  10. Don’t beat yourself up for taking a day off
  11. Don’t let someone else make you feel less than perfect, because you are
  12. Don’t judge yourself or anyone else for being human (perceived flaws and all)
  13. Don’t pass on vegetables
  14. Don’t be afraid to get dirty
  15. Don’t throw away food (eat it, repurpose it, recycle it, compost it)
  16. Don’t eat sugar or processed food  (hard one coming from a chocoholic)
  17. Don’t do caffeine
  18. Don’t be afraid to try something new
  19. Don’t say yes to everything
  20. Don’t turn on the TV
  21. Don’t punish yourself for lapsing on any of the above

What else should be on the ultimate yogi anti-bucket list?


– Your Charmed Yogi


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