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On not having to change yourself before…

by on Jan.10, 2010, under Musings on Yoga

I was inspired by something that I read recently by the writer and teacher Elizabeth Stark. “Becoming a different person–the kind of person whose desk is always clear, whose bills are always paid, who gracefully juggles all life’s challenges and looks for more–is a LOT harder than writing a book!” Read her blog.

I hear this as:  you don’t have to make things perfect before settling down to tackle your dreams. How freeing! You don’t have to try so hard to be good, or on top of things, or even to change. Just get down to your passion and life purpose. Find out what is most important to you and get on with it. Don’t wait for the perfect moment, or until the laundry is all done to allow yourself the freedom to be messy and creative, and fulfilled. Maybe it’s about priorities too, and acceptance of things as they are. That’s the yoga. Letting go of some of our ideas that we have to change, or have better work, or practice habits, or be better somehow in order to to participate in what we love. As Byron Katie encourages in Loving What Is, this IS what IT’s all about. Then if we take this loving what is, or what we are in the moment, and apply it to creative processes like yoga practice, book writing, painting, journaling, whatever–then things do happen, work gets done, creative ideas flow and get followed through on. So, yoga practice isn’t about becoming better, it’s about accepting what is.

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