Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
What happened when I stopped trying so hard in yoga? They didn’t kick me out, I didn’t fall down and break my hip….guess what, no one noticed except for me. The mental constraints we put on ourselves to be the best versions of us can be exhausting. I was burnt out. I decided to cut myself a break for a few weeks and give myself some room to breath. Just show up to the class, do the poses and leave. What would it be like to go through the movements of class and just be? It was more joyful. I was more relaxed and enjoyed the class more. Wait, could I do this in life too?
You see I come from parents who don’t believe in sitting down and relaxing. You must be moving or going in order to be viewed as productive…worthy. This can be both mentally and physically exhausting. We live in a society that prescribes to the same values. If you look busy, frantic and exhausted you must be a hard worker and therefore a valuable, productive member of society. But is this truly the case?
Once you stop moving, you realize how difficult this can truly be. This is where the work really begins. It’s the moments of silence and the moments in between victories/tasks that can be challenging and the most rewarding. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes the work is in the silence.
I encourage you to take time to slow down. To bask in the time between projects and goals. If we don’t take time to recognize the hard work we have done it is all for nothing. Sit in these moments of silence and really appreciate all that you do. It may be hard at first but I promise it will be worth it. It’s these times that shift your mindset and create space for you to appreciate who you are and all you have to offer.
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Bask in the still