After chatting to a friend about yoga recently, it reminded me of how different we all are.
Your view on yoga may be for, or against it. Some people believe that its woo-woo, others think it’s only for the skinny and flexible types. Personally, I believe it’s for anyone regardless of age, fitness, flexibility, body shape or culture.
For me, yoga is about breathing, moving your body and connecting. It’s about being fully present with your body and accepting where you are in that moment. Not judging it. Just doing what you can with what you have at the time.
You are your own expert. Perhaps your body is stiff or tired, and touching your toes is not available to you in that moment. Accepting that. I am not in your body and don’t get all the aches, pain and limiting messages that you receive. So, it’s important to honour where you are right now.
You have your own unique experience.
The way you perceive and experience the world is so different to even those people in your closest circles. Despite having common beliefs and interests – which is why they are in your closest circle – your experience of life is distinctively different.
Your experiences are based on your fears, past experiences, genetics, lessons, upbringing and perspective.
Friends, family and ‘experts’ are able to reflect back to you what they see and experience through their own perspective but they are not you.
Don’t trust anyone more than you trust yourself. No expert is wiser that you are yourself. You always know what is best for you in the moment.
There are times when you want a sounding board or feel you need assistance or guidance. That in itself is your own intuition or inner-wisdom that is guiding you to seek support. But just remember you remain the expert in your own life regardless of advice from an ‘expert’.
Perhaps sometimes you may feel that you don’t trust yourself or trust that little voice inside of you. What happens if you make a mistake or a wrong decision?
Isn’t that life? Isn’t that how you learn? By making a decision (even if you deem it to be the wrong one later) you are taking action and responsibility. You are moving forward. You are learning and gaining insight.
If you decide later that it was a ‘bad’ decision that you had made, remember that you are judging your old self with hindsight. You have the power to make another decision which will lead to change and growth.
Are you growing? Are you trusting yourself to be your ultimate guide?