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Learning to Accept Yourself Through Yoga

by Jamie Kennedy on Tuesday 27 August 2019

“Today I will live in acceptance rather than expectation.” - Unknown

How many times this week have you started a thought with, “I’ll be better when…”? I’ll be better when I lose weight, when I make more money, when I… the list goes on. We’re all guilty of it from time to time. But the truth is, it simply doesn’t feel good.

Yes, it’s great to have goals and strive for them. But when those goals affect the way you feel about yourself in the present moment, that’s when your goals get in the way of your happiness.

So, what is acceptance and how can you experience it daily? Ancient yoga philosophy talks of acceptance as ‘santosha’ meaning ‘contentment’. When you accept and appreciate what you have and what you are in this moment, recognising that you are exactly where you need to be on your individual journey, that is the sweet spot of happiness. Here are some key thoughts to become aware of, and work toward removing from your daily thoughts:

  • I expect this outcome to occur in the time I expect it to happen    
  • If I only had what they have    
  • If I was better, I’d be happier
  • If only they had less than me, it would make me feel better about myself    
  • Life isn’t fair, I’m not where I deserve to be

When you work toward self-awareness of these thoughts, you’ll notice they lose their power over you and your thoughts. You’ll be given more freedom to focus on more positive thoughts:

  • I let go of expectation of what life has in store for me, and instead look forward to seeing how my goals unfold    
  • It’s beautiful they have what they have, but I trust I also have something they wish they had too (even if I won’t ever know for sure)
  • I trust that if it’s meant to be, life will deliver exactly what I seek when it’s the right time for me and not a moment sooner
  • I am staying in my lane and trusting that life will gift to everyone exactly what we ask of it when the time is right
  • Life is fair, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be on my journey

The next time you’re in Yoga class, you might consider using one of the above thoughts as your intention! 

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