We have a sign we like to hang at Shree, it simply reads “You Are Enough.” We made it because we know that believing that you are enough is challenging in a world where mixed messages from society and advertising tell us that to be enough, we must look some way, act some way, be like something out there, and then we will be worthy. Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves because honestly most of the limits creating our feelings of unworthiness do not come from out there. The real limits are the ones we ourselves have written, stories embedded into our psyches of who we are, where we come from, what we are worth, and what we are capable of. There is no denying that life can be literally limiting, hard and sometimes down right shitty, but the power we each have to create a new story line in every moment of every day into one of self-worth is unlimited, and can radically transform life into one beyond wildest imagination.
Such power isn’t magic, its awareness. The awareness that as you are, you are valuable, you are worthy, you are capable, you are enough – the awareness of self-worth. Yoga is a practice that enhances feelings of self-worth. The more we return to our practice the more capable we feel ourselves to be. The more we rise to the occasion of the challenge of our practice, be it making the time, trying a challenging pose, reassessing our motives and hearts desires, or just relaxing into our breath, the more we realize that we are worthy of the next breath.
Placing abiding attention onto movements, breath, instruction, sensation, intention, and action has incredible and numerous benefits. Attention not only makes us more adept in the forms, more focused in our actions, and more sensitive to the universe beneath the surface of our skin it also allows our minds to become active and positive participants in the radical transformation of ourselves and all of our relationships. Like I like to say, “one way to fix a problem is to fix the thinking that created it.” Attention on the mat clears the way for deep self-awareness and by proxy true authentic living.
Authenticity is the great artistry of the human life. To honestly connect to life beyond the artificial layers of surface and tension which separate us from our true selves, self with a capital S, and others is radical and powerful. Living authentically without limitation takes great skill, creativity, and discipline. To trust that no action needs to be taken until it is necessary and to know that a response given from truth of self is the only response necessary takes incredible courage and will. Too much dogma and obligatory thought inhibit authentic self-expression, just as too much spiritual pretense prevents honest response to the nature of the world in which we all live. Gravity and levity like light and dark are mere mediums to play with in the art of living authentic lives.
The effort of refining our capacity of self-awareness to catch our storylines of separation, martyrdom, lack of self-worth and limited power before they have done too much damage and write something better pays off. When we stop telling ourselves what we cannot do we are free to tell ourselves about what we can. Effort toward self-worth evolves into confidence and confidence is a nourishing vitamin for the soul. Confidence it is cultivated when we stop feeling like we are lacking and realize that we are enough. And so, we hang the poster at Shree.
With Love, Always, In All Ways, For Giving, In Joy,