One of my favorite parts of yoga is that through breath and movement we find our true self while on the mat. We find that person deep inside ourselves, the person we are at our core without any influence from the outside world, or others. Sometimes you find it while you are moving through a vigorous sequence and other times it comes when you are resting in savasana. To me, it’s a moment of complete acceptance and complete release. A moment in time where there is no judgement from the world or ourselves. Yoga teachers often encourage you to bring that version of yourself into your life off the mat, or maybe you just connect back to that feeling in a moment of stress or uneasiness.
I really love this philosophy and that feeling of being completely accepted is incredible. I try to bring this version of myself into my everyday life and try to live as my authentic self. It’s not always easy…actually it’s never easy. It’s hard to rise above those who judge you for whatever reason it may be. It’s hard to make choices that will uphold this and allow me to truly be myself. Sometimes it means I have to let certain things go, because I know it’s just not who I am. Occasionally it means I have to make the choice to end a relationship that doesn’t support me and that’s never easy. And sometimes it means I need to tune out the noise and advice of the world, and do things my way. And admittedly, my way isn’t always the easiest or best way but it is what works for me and lets me be this person I love.
Being your true self is not easy. BUT it is absolutely worth it. It’s worth living with less to have more. I know I make less money to do what I love, and that I often surround myself with fewer friends but when I look at it I see a world filled with a career and job I love and some incredible friends and family who support me unconditionally. My job, yoga and my family all allow me to be myself…goofy and silly but determined to accomplish my goals. Sometimes I feel judged, open and ripped raw by the challenges of the world but I’m able to react as myself and know I have a support system who loves me and isn’t judgmental. It makes this life worth living and for that I’m grateful.
If you ask me, life is too short to try to be someone else. It’s too short to try to be the person everyone else wants you to be. It’s so much easier to just be who you are. Being who you are and surrounding yourself with family, friends, coworkers and life that supports that makes life happier, more fun and much more fulfilling!
“Do It Anyway” by Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.