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Learning to love yourself.

September 30, 2012

An intriguing perspective on life.

Over the years, I have often wondered what makes us humans so different from one another, why are some of us overly ambitious, energetic, motivated, while others are calmer, more relaxed, maybe even docile and lazy? What makes one person so different from another? One of these reasons can definitely be explained by our genetic makeup or in Ayurvedic terms, our prakriti, goes a long way to explaining why we are the way we are, then there is also astrology and the way we are brought up etc… the list goes on and on. But at the end of the day, what is it that really matters?

I had a good think about it this week as my fit and super energetic 92 year old grandmother passed away after a stroke. And it hit me straight on, okay well, not quite in my face, but in my email box. Leela, a wonderful yoga teacher in Plett, sent me the following by Charlie Chaplin in her newsletter which i think is fit and true for all of us.

As I began to Love Myself …

As I began to love myself … I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself … I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself … I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself … I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself … I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself … I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself … I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself … I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “ FULFILMENT”.

As I began to love myself … I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations, or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!

[Charlie Chaplin, best known mime actor, wrote this self love poem on his 70th birthday, April 16, 1959]

So with the above in mind, take a step back, smell the roses and live life from your heart. This is the essence of yoga.



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