“Don’t be so hard on yourself”…when I heard this recently from someone a bit older (and wiser) in my life, it stopped and made me take notice. I saw empathy and care in her eyes as she said to me, ”You are doing your best, give yourself a break; don’t be so hard on yourself.” It is not the first time I have heard this. This happened as I was figuring out if I had made the right decision for something related to my older son. When I originally made the decision, I made it having gone through all the pros and cons. But recently with life happening around me I started to reanalyze, doubt, and mull over this decision all over again creating undue anxiety.
We all get into a rut from time to time, and this place can make us feel stuck and unsure about things we are normally able to execute on. My reality was that I was getting worn down with some of the day to day, leading to my practice (yoga/meditation) suffering and creating an unbalance in me. I realize whenever I am in a place of balance, I trust myself more, feeling more confident, and carry on with more ease. So, when I see myself going into this stuck place, it is a good reminder for myself to adjust my practice in a way that can serve my current situation. The adaptation of the practice allows for me to reground myself to regain perspective to navigate life’s ebbs and flows that continue to come up. We can sometimes get attached to a certain routine, but we need to adapt if that routine is no longer empowering us the way we would like. A place where we can continue to love and trust ourselves!
I want to take this day to remind you all that: you are enough. Let’s begin to honor ourselves, trust that our original decisions were taken for a reason and instead of worrying we can adjust as and when needed. The same wonderful soul who said don’t be so hard on yourself, told me this as well: “You may already have a gratitude practice, but along with that I want you to every night before you go to sleep to know you did your best and not go back and re-hash any decision, just release it. Sleep with content trusting yourself and that you are giving every situation your best self, tomorrow will be a new day.” This is such a simple, yet powerful message, right? Sometimes, we just need a reminder from a person that is not as close to us to jolt us back into our highest selves!
In closing, I want to share with you one of my favorite balancing and grounding postures:
- Legs Up the Wall Yoga Pose – Viparita Karani, try it for 5-10 minutes in the morning (or evening). Here is a link that explains it well: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/legs-up-the-wall-pose
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