“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do” -Marianne Williamson
I touched a lot of base on this subject last month working with the Jivamukti Yoga FOCUS of the month: OPEN DOORWAYS. I really think we need to realise that there is no space for low self-esteem, insecurity and shrinking yourself on the yoga mat. We really need to work on this, we need to realise that we are incredible beings who all try our very best and that we are enough. As my dear teacher Sharon Gannon writes in her book Yoga and Vegetarianism and i quote: “We may also notice as we go deeper into our asana practice, that the prevalent disease in our culture is low self-esteem.” This is all very important to stuff to work through when we are on this path of opening doorways, of letting a lot of our shit go, we need to work hard on this. In general we need to work hard, we need to be persistent, committed, determined. That’s the practice. And we need to do it over and over and over again. For that we need some serious self-love and self-care. Looking after yourself by treating yourself with walks on the beach, hot lavender baths, deep massages and a healthy vegan diet is a good start. Believing in yourself and understanding the joy and steadiness of the connection to the earth but also the connection to the practice and to yourself should be joyful, graceful, loving, peaceful, steady. STHIRA SUKHAM ASANAM.
This MONTH with the new focus this story truly continues. The change you want to see in this world starts with yourself! With you! With your decisions! Make it count! Be a warrior not a doormat. Take a stand. Be steady but joyful. What that means is don’t let people walk all over you (the doormat effect) but take a stand (or fall for anything) Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama all are warriors. None of these people became world leaders by being a doormat, by shrinking and belittling themselves, they all were incredible strong, joyful and steady in their communication to the world. They have and still are inspiring millions of people to be great. To be the change. To live it, love it and own it. As Michael Jackson once said: “study the greats and then be greater! ” he also encouraged people to look in the mirror (man in the mirror) so let’s just do what that beautiful wise man said. Be greater!
BE A WOLF!
BE A LION!