No matter what your profession is, there’s always going to be someone better than you or worse than you. It’s true. Accept it. So stop comparing yourself with others and focus on your strengths and gifts, rather than your weaknesses and shortcomings.
Last week I hosted and produced ten yoga television shows in three days. Plowing right through my perfectly imperfect shows, there were plenty of little missteps and delays. Some yoga students canceling at the last minute, others a little wobbly at times, me trying to keep it light and together at the same time.
My 55+ yoga students represent the challenges people face everyday with aging, both emotionally and physically. Our shows feature beginner and intermediate students, and they are NOT 20-somethings in designer Lululemon’s with flawless bodies doing perfect poses.
We show real people, with real issues, and all types of shapes and sizes. We do not hide our wrinkles of time nor our aches and pains. Our shows on CityTV in Santa Monica features everyday people doing their imperfect best at imperfect yoga (including me)!
You see, I may not not be the best yoga teacher in the world, but I love what I do, my students say I’m good at it and I give 110% to every student I teach with kindness, compassion, and dedication.
Go out there with flaws and all, wobbly or sturdy, and give it your best shot, and don’t give a hoot what anybody thinks. Paint your painting, sing your song, write your book, state your case, make that call, follow your own compass.
My spiritual advisor always tells me she strives for imperfection. She knows seeking perfection is a recipe for failure, because, let’s face it, we’ll never get there and we’ll always come up short. So go ahead and make a mess and embrace your humanness while doing it.
No one is perfect. Stop comparing other people’s outside with your inside. We all have special inherent gifts. Seek them, find them and share them with the world imperfectly, without giving a damn what anyone thinks about you!
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Judgements can stick on you. People’s opinions, good or bad, can become cemented on your soul. If you are vulnerable, sensitive, weak, or damaged you are more than likely porous to the subjective thoughts of others.
As I write this I am reminded of a story that I heard James Van Praagh speak about on a radio talk show. A client showed up at his front door and she did not look like herself. She didn’t know who she was anymore. He proceeded to tell her it was because she had her husband, sons, and parents thoughts fastened energetically onto her body. She was weak and needed to build herself back up to retrieve her own power, while letting go of the thoughts that did not belong to her. It was necessary to create a teflon shield, of sorts, so she could get her energy back.
It is essential to strengthen yourself in order to create armor against other’s attacks of judgements, criticisms, and even compliments. Become immunized to the good or bad opinions of what other people think about you.
How do we build ourselves up so we don’t become a roller coaster ride of letting other people’s thoughts penetrate our souls:
Every morning I have a prayer partner and we pray with an intention to place a hedge of protection or a shield around both of us. This is a wonderful tool to use with your significant other, children, or prayer partner.
You can also imagine that when you go out in public that you have an imaginary golden egg of light protecting you from any form of judgements or negative attacks.
Your soul is precious and pure and you need to protect it from a world that is saturated with darkness, fear, jealousy, and control.
p.s. Remember to clean your own finger before pointing it at someone else’s soul!
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Registered Yoga Instructor Certified Life Coach