Ok, so it turns out my inspiration has been on vacation for a few days now, and since I don’t want to leave this week’s blog blank, I’m posting a couple of inspirational quotes for you beloved yogis and spiritual seekers :). Do me a favor: Do not just read them. I mean that. Absorb them. Meditate on them. Live with them. Try and change part of your life with them. One step at a time. One word at a time. Om shanti.
“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With Yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted – in body, mind and heart – and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are clear, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow – or we begin to flow more in our lives. ” – Cybele Tomlison
Note: I especially love this one because it really is what Yoga does for me. With every minute of practice, I become aware of what is going on in my body, mind, and heart. Yoga makes me feel and see clearly within myself. I might not like what I feel or what I see but then I know where to put my attention and my efforts. I know what needs to be faced and healed. It is not easy. There are some things that I wish were not there but it is the best window and path I know towards self-healing and self-realization.
“What if you offered your body love instead of self-criticism? What if you offered it some compassion instead of insults? What if you saw the decades of abuse, wear-and-tear, and aging as cause for more love instead of less? What if you acknowledged the thousands of miles it has trekked through this rough and wild world and you felt nothing but appreciation and love for all it has withstood for you? What if offered it more sleep, more hot baths, better foods, healthy exercise, fun activities, and more rest? What if you gave it more love? What if you stopped punishing it for belonging to you?” – Emily Maroutian
Note: again, this one rings true for me. If you’ve read my previous posts, you already know that I’ve been through years of bullying and eating disorders, which left me with nothing but suffering and feelings of hate towards myself. Yes. Hate. How horrible is that? Can you imagine being in a skin you just can’t stand? I was always “not… (fill in the blank) enough”. And for that reason, I will never be grateful enough for Yoga. The practice has taught me self-observation. Self-respect. Self-acceptance. Self-love. And even there is still lots of room for improvement I just want to say one thing: thank you for finding me and changing my life for the better.