My journey with Yoga has been an on/off affair. As much as I’d like to call it my Passion, the amount of time I actually practice my Sun Salutations and Warrior poses has been dismal. Therefore this year, in my commitment to have more energy and focus so that I can be more effective during my corporate trainings, I am now fitting 15 mins of Yoga daily (at home) plus going for classes 3 times a week. Sounds exciting.. now the hard work is to stick to it!
The other day in class, as I squirmed and fumbled to maintain my tree pose, I felt a tug of embarrassment, a voice that said, “What happened girl..you use to nail this..” With that I scanned the room and I was the only one wobbling and putting my feet back on the ground. Everyone else seemed to be in balance. For that split second I was comparing myself to everyone. It’s a pattern I see all the time on Facebook feeds and other Social Media, advertising billboards, beauty product ads and now I see myself in it.
Most of us grew up being told to look up at the ones getting A’s for their exams, or to work hard as an athlete so you can beat your opponents. It all makes sense if we are in competitive sports, but in Life, especially if you are interested in being happy and getting to know Joy and Confidence in your life, comparing your performance with others just does not work. There is nothing useful in looking at someone whom we know nothing of their history or personal struggles and to lay it upon ourselves to emulate it. It’s like looking at an Orange from a fruit bowl made of glass and convincing our selves it is real. Makes no sense.
As I felt the shame & insecurity at that moment, a truth also dawned on me. My Yoga commitment is not so I can show off my moves or be a Yogi Master, I knew my intention to practice Yoga was to be healthy and create Mind, Body balance. Most importantly, it is a PROCESS. As with all processes there needs to be a Beginning, Middle and End. I am currently at the beginning, so if I can accept my process phase now, I am good to go. And it is amazing to be at this process! As I started to own these thoughts, I began to enjoy every muscle stretch, wobbly pose and twisted, awkward position. Within seconds I started to smile at myself!
I was having Fun!!!
Life doesn’t need to look perfect for you to EXPERIENCE the Joy. You need not be at par with anyone to be GREAT. Where you are at THIS MOMENT IS PERFECT. I believe that to be a fundamental truth to having Joy in our daily lives.
As my mentor Robin Sharma said “ Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and glorious at the end.”
Live everyday as if it is your Personal Masterpiece Day and I can grant you the AAA Lifetime Happiness Guarantee
I’d love to hear from you and what you think of what was discussed in this blog. Do write your comments below and together lets start our transformation together!
Lots of Love,
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