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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Last night I told my husband about an irrational fear I have that's affecting my body image. By sharing with him, I opened the door to greater intimacy. It wasn't until this morning that I realized that by closing myself off, I'm robbing him of the opportunity to cultivate more intimacy & trust in our relationship. I feel grateful that I shared with him, & happy that I'm able to relate this to the yoga Yama of Asteya (non-stealing).

I was browsing articles & found these excerpts from www.yogawithamey.com/ast
eya.html


"We might also find ourselves coveting more intangible things: someone’s job, relationship, money, time, strength, looks, abilities, emotions… Here, it seems helpful to remember that we are attracted to qualities that we want to foster in ourselves. If I long after a friend’s loving relationship with their children, it only means that I also have a tremendous capacity to love – just waiting to express itself. Rather than spending energy on greed or envy, recognize the ability to foster and possess these qualities yourself."

This resonated with my current body struggles. I covet certain body types & have a strong desire to look like an image that's unrealistic. What are the qualities I want to foster in myself? What can I do to begin developing them?

"Likewise, when we focus on our inabilities during a yoga class, or when we focus on our own inadequacies at work or home… we rob from ourselves the opportunity to shine in all our glory. When we cultivate a true sense of gratitude and contentment for all that we have and who we are, that is indeed the greatest of treasures."

I've been focusing on the inadequacies of my body, instead of expressing gratitude for everything it can do. I'm spending my energy on what I don't want, instead of what I do. Time to go back to the basics of the Law of Attraction, & use it to help me along my yoga path.
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  • RUNNINGREENGIRL
    (::hugs:: i'm so happy that you have such a wonderful husband that you can open your heart and soul to him like this.

    i am going to copy and paste a reply i made to one of lady_donkey's entries where she was angry with her body:

    think of all it does for you. throughout my life, people have teased me about my feet. they say they are so short and wide. my one friend calls them 'fred flintstone' feet. you know what? they ARE very small and very wide. they are not super feminine and i've never worn strappy sandals in my life. but i love them. they are the only feet i've ever known and they are good to me. sure, they limit my shoe options but they are faithful and they might get hurt sometimes but they bounce back eventually.)
    3873 days ago
  • LORILE62
    Absolutely loved your quotes. I believe every word. Thanks for sharing and hope we can all keep these ideas in front of us. Thanks for sharing.
    3875 days ago
  • SHININGTHRU126
    Great blog - I loved it. It makes me think...
    3875 days ago
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