I have a little challenge today for YOU coming from a place of LOVE from me.
What do you stand for? What are your core values? Ask yourself. Right now. Make a list of your top five traits you feel the most aligned with. Then, sit and contemplate for a few minutes. Am I living them? Am I applying them to myself and am I projecting them to the world?
I saw this post the other day…
And it struck a chord with me. Especially this week, in this year of 2020, in this season of confusion, conflict, grief, divisiveness, and change. What are the words in your head that you are speaking to yourself AND what words are you choosing to share with the world?
I can barely stand to go on social media right now. The level of nastiness, hatred, bad othering, and judgment is just too much to bear. True confession...I almost unfriended someone this morning because I was so upset by their narrow and judgmental post about the election. But instead, I took a deep breath and reminded myself that in this age of "unfriending" and "unfollowing" those who oppose our views, that's exactly part of what is creating the problem!!
Our society is deeply divided right now. It has been for quite some time, and the isolation many are feeling from months of restrictions due to the pandemic has not helped one bit. (Have you watched "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix yet??) So I get how you might be feeling the strong pull of that reptilian brain’s negativity bias right now. It’s how we are wired. It’s that flight or fight, time to fight off the dinosaur reaction. It’s what makes us lash out and see those who don’t align with us as BAD or WRONG.
Now I’m all about speaking my truth. Not speaking it can cause extreme distress to the body and mind. But there’s a healthy, non-harming (AHIMSA for you yoga peeps) way of doing it, and then there’s a mud-slinging, makes-you-feel-dirty kind of way…
What we need a big dose of right now is Equanimity. I saw this post from Deepak Chopra yesterday and loved this description. Apparently, he’s offering a free daily series on the Chopra App. Might be a good thing to invest some energy in right now!!
I’ll wrap up for now by challenge you to stop and ask yourself, what am I doing and what can I do to be a light? How can I help to connect rather than divide? Can I listen to those whose views and opinions oppose mine with an open heart? It takes great courage to be vulnerable. I’ll share this lovely intention from author of “The Gifts of Imperfection” Brene Brown, PHD.
“May we find the courage to let go of who we think we’re supposed to be so that we can fully embrace our authentic selves – the imperfect, the creative, the vulnerable, the powerful, the broken, and the beautiful.
May we show ourselves and others the compassion that comes from knowing we are all made of strength and struggle.
May we create a just and equitable world where privilege isn’t a prerequisite for self-expression and authenticity, where everyone feels invited and safe to express their power and their vulnerability.
And last, may we experience the strength of connection, the love of belonging, and the grace of pure joy.”
A 4th grade teacher friend of mine told me that one of her students offered this bit of advice for getting through this challenging time –
PAUSE, BREATH, & LOVE
Now that’s true yoga my friends. Keep it flowing!
Mary Baker - ERYT-500 yoga teacher, adventure lover, fitness junkie, doughnut snob, whiskey & wine sipper