You all know how I like to beat myself up about stuff, right? You might be able to identify with me. You might find it charming in the same way my mentors over the years have found it. One after one throughout my 20s and 30s they get this warm, indulgent smile on their faces and shake their heads slowly. Oh, Melissa they’d often say.
A few days ago I blogged that I had signed up for some self-care online challenges and courses and hadn’t done any of them. Of course, I’ve spent some time beating myself up about it. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t. I’m working on it.
I signed up for Sheila Pai’s Nurturing You: Online Retreat. So instead of continuing to beat myself up, I decided that even if I was behind I could still benefit. This is growth for me. So, I took some time to listen to the interviews and meditation that she offers weekly. They were wonderful and I urge you to check her out.
Surprisingly, my biggest takeaway was just from what she shared in her email reminder. You’re not behind. It’s okay if you’re catching up. It’s okay to be right where you are. It’s the perfect place for right now.
I teach this ALL the time. I urge my students and to stay on their own mats. I tell them it doesn’t matter what the person next to you is doing, it doesn’t matter what they think about you-they should be staying on their own mat too. I remind them that they’re right where they’re supposed to be and the beauty of yoga is that it meets you right where you are every single time.
Yoga has this amazing capacity to bring you your life lesson, on the mat. It’s so often the one lesson that you’re really supposed to get. I believe this is true in life too, just walking down the street, but it never ever fails when you get on the mat. You open your heart and listen. and yoga helps you smack right into yourself until you get to the core or the practice that you really need.
When you think of your practice whether it’s yoga or just taking moments of quiet, you can’t really be behind. Only the moment that you’re in matters, and that moment is always here.
This crazy idea of being behind is my biggest illusion. There’s so little that matters outside of this moment and this moment is always right where I’m supposed to be.
If your brain is like mine and is busy with thinking about the future, join me in staying in the present. BreatheOnline, a yoga coursee to help you manage anxiety, depression and PTSD is a six week course for connection, sharing, mindfulness, breath work and yoga poses. We start June 30th. Join me!