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Yoga Blog PSA: Recognize Your Goodness

Posted May 19 2010 1:33pm
"That I Would Be Good"

that I would be good even if I did nothing
that I would be good even if I got the thumbs down
that I would be good if I got and stayed sick
that I would be good even if I gained ten pounds

that I would be fine even if I went bankrupt
that I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
that I would be great if I was no longer queen
that I would be grand if I was not all knowing

that I would be loved even when I numb myself
that I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
that I would be loved even when I was fuming
that I would be good even if I was clingy

that I would be good even if I lost sanity
that I would be good

whether with or without you

                                    --Lyrics by Alanis Morissette

I bet you didn't think that there were such things as Public Service Announcements (PSA) on blogs, right? Wrong. This is a public service announcement to raise awareness for a cause unlike any other -- yourself.  

This is for everyone who thinks he/she should be, do, and/or have more. The message is simple -- you are good. You are enough.

I can't count how many times I've seen people (yes, in case you were wondering, I fall into the people category) use their yoga practice as a way to beat themselves up. These people have a lot of snippy, degrading thoughts going on in their head while on the mat -- "I should be more flexible by now," "Why can't I come up into Crow like the others in class?" "Is my shirt riding up and exposing my belly roll?" This may sound familiar. The list goes on and on. And then there are the people who never get on a yoga mat because they've told themselves that they aren't flexible enough or that they don't have a yoga body or that they don't look like someone who practices yoga. Regardless, it's all the same -- a feeling of not being good enough.

If a child came into a yoga posture in front of you, would you berate him if his form wasn't "perfect?" If a child unfurled her yoga mat next to yours eyes full of doubt and fearfully said "What if I don't do this right?" what would you say? Would you say the thoughts in your head out loud to a child? I'm guessing the answer is no. Unless, of course, you wanted that poor child to cry.

Yet we bombard ourselves with these messages all of the time. We pick ourselves apart when we look in the mirror. We judge ourselves when we're on our yoga mat. We think if we can just buy one more expensive item or go to one more self-improvement workshop that we'll somehow make ourselves more acceptable.

This blog post is here to tell you that you already ARE acceptable. You're acceptable in your "imperfect" state. It doesn't matter how many pairs of shoes you own or what kind of car your drive or how many yoga poses you've mastered or how many minutes you can sit in blissful meditation -- none of it changes the fact that you're good and that you're enough just as you are.

That's been my lesson for the week. Enough said.


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