Yogarei: tips on emotional wellbeing - breaking the barrier to love and light
A chat I had with John last week made me think about how people treat themselves and their lack of consideration for their own emotional wellbeing. Some are actually happy to live in the darkness, whilst others just need a steer, some guidance to come back to love and lightness.
John: “How are the yoga classes going this season?”
Me: “A bit quiet since we started again after the two week break”
John: “Don’t you think it’s time to give up?”
Me: “Are you kidding? Do you even know me? A few small classes for a few weeks (at that point only 1 week) is not how I like to fail. If I’m to fail – I’m going to make sure I’ve tried first… time and again because it’s something I believe in so don’t you rain on my parade buddy! Besides, if a few people can benefit from our classes and go away feeling good about themselves, at peace or with clarity in their mind and an open heart then why should I give up? Good vibes spread and maybe this is about my patience.”
I realised at that point that this wasn’t about me at all… the words from John’s mouth were a reflection of his own attitude, dissatisfaction, frustrations and how he values himself more than it was about me. That’s when I felt sad that this is how he lives his life – with a self-destructive attitude. Little faith in himself and no determination to fight to let his true potential shine past his fears and doubts.
So here’s what I think – no matter how stuck someone is in their ways, just say a kind word. Everyday say one positive, confidence-boosting thing to them and see if slowly you can contribute to changing their attitude towards life and bring them closer to love and lightness.
A lot of the time friends and family will give you life advice, opinions and basically their two pence worth – listen to what they say as on many occasions they may just be giving you advise based on a mirror of how they live theirs. And that may not work for you. Does it work for them? Maybe you can offer them another point of view… lead them to self-realisation perhaps. You never know.