In preparation for planning my yoga classes for the month of January, I settled in on the notion of resolutions or the need for change. I, myself, have made countless promises to myself to finally get it right this year.
Each New Year, I promise myself and set out to to become the new and improved version of me, one with no more of those pesky flaws I tend to worry about when no one else is paying attention. I suspect they may be too busy running themselves into the ground to worry about me.
As most of us have made resolutions each year and wholeheartedly and with great enthusiasm pursued our freshly flossed teeth, countless miles on the running trail and ingesting everything green in the grocery store, only to burn ourselves out by February and return to our previous state of unflossed teeth, couch/channel surfing and emotionally eating comfort foods because we have once again failed to change ourselves for the “better”.
What if we decided to do it differently this year?
What if we resolved to spend all our enthusiastic January energy into accepting ourselves for how we are, flaws and all?
What would life feel like in February?
In Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance, author Rosie Molinary, challenges readers to Accept Your Imperfections and to “give up the perfection facade and just be who you are.”
This, my friends, is my challenge to you this month. And by you, I mean me.
Can we just practice letting things be as they are and learn to finally accept who we really are?
What are your thoughts or resolutions and self-acceptance? I would love to connect, so please let me a comment.
Also, if you’d like to practice letting things be, I am teaching restorative yoga at It’s All Yoga on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-5:45.
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This year, my focus is non-judgement. And this non-judgement starts with myself.
While I’ll admit I do judge others, I am the hardest and meanest to myself.
I am with you on the self-acceptance train, girl!!
Non judgement is soliloquy hard. I look forward to hearing how this unfolds for you.
I’ve been reading your blog for — quite a while now and this is my first comment so, hello! I’m a yogini of six years’ standing now and I’m not sure how germane this is to your question since I haven’t made ‘resolutions’ since I was a kid but I have been thinking a lot about moving towards a ‘let go, let be’ approach rather the desperate clutching approach I feel I’ve had for a long time.
One of the things I want to work on is being happy with — drum roll, please — my yoga practice. The days I can do it, great. The days I can’t, great. The days I can do a full wheel after 45 minutes of energetic flow, great. The days I need to do 15 minutes of forward bends and 20 of shavasana, also great.
Another thing I’ve been thinking about is my habit of continual self-reflexion — and I don’t mean this in a good way, I mean it as in near-obsessively checking hair, buttons, zips, waistbands, etc. Do I look ok to be out in public? What a question!