What an amazing weekend in our beautiful city! The Celebration of Light and Gay Pride. It got me to thinking? If we are to recognize the light in others, we must first accept ourselves: gay, straight, short, tall, fat, skinny. If we are able to accept ourselves, we are free to accept others. We are able to come from a more authentic place. A place of love. This is where yoga comes in because it takes us on a journey of self realization.
A friend came to me with a problem this week because of a person in his life who chooses to see him in the past. Life is constantly changing. It is important for us to move forward and grow without being shadowed by past regrets or judgements. We wouldn’t be in the place we are today if it wasn’t for our past experiences. For example, I recently became a vegan. I had a friend tell someone that was inquiring about my dietary choices, “I’ve seen her chow down on a burger.” Yes, that is true. It is because I used to eat meat that I choose not to now. Does that make my current decision any less valid?
By no means am I perfect. What is perfection? Yoga helps me to recognize the good in myself and others. I am truly grateful to live in a place where we have access to yoga and the freedom to express our pride.
Lead by example. Be proud of who you are! Celebrate who you are because you are unique. As long as your intentions are not to hurt, you will change those around you for the better. This is the energy that moves mountains.