We never know what others are thinking or what they may be going through. Our thoughts can and will play games with us if we allow them to.Dea leads us through a profound 10 minute story about resolutions and how by having judgments and criticism reminds us to always keep an open mind and heart.
I could relate to this story somewhat, as I tried yoga for the very first time last year. I placed my mat right in front of the yoga instructor. Then, class began. Following the instructor’s lead, I began contorting my body into various poses. I looked around the class and quickly realized that everyone else was much more limber than I was. All of the sudden, I could sense eyes on me from all over the room or was it just my mind thinking that was happening?! Were they judging me or was I judging myself?! Regardless, I pressed on, pushing my body to try every pose to the best of my ability. After the class, I smiled at the instructor, already knowing that I wouldn’t be returning for the next session. I knew I had pushed my body too far, already feeling muscle soreness set in each time I moved.
The next few days, I was so sore that I could barely walk. I remember criticizing myself for creating this pain I felt in the first place. I felt stupid, as if I should have known better. After all, I do live with chronic back pain. After I gave my body the much needed rest it needed over the next few days, I revisited this whole experience in my mind. I realized the reason why I had pushed myself so hard. I didn’t want to look out of place in this new environment I had put myself in! I wanted to look like I knew what I was doing even though, in all actuality, I was clueless.
I learned something that day...to be true to myself no matter what, to not judge or criticize and to have compassion for myself and others. After all, we all experience suffering in one sense or another while we are traveling on this journey called life. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️