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
"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.