What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Day 349 - The man behind the man

Wouldn't it be great if everyone was not ashamed of putting everything out there.  If we all did not worry about others seeing that zit on the end of our nose or scared of what others may behave if we put out a certain emotion?  What if you could just walk into a job interview and spill your beans?  What is it that you are not being honest to others about?  Why are you not being honest with others?  What if everyone just showed the man behind the man?

Yesterday a friend of mine was talking about masks.  We have somehow learned to hide behind masks throughout our lives.  Maybe we wear one mask amongst friends, another at work, or another with our family.  Why do we do this?

I really do not have much to hide in this world.  If someone was to ask me a question I would give them the true and honest answer.  I do not live a life I am ashamed of, and I will tell you every story of the path that got me where I am.  I am the same amongst friends, work, and family.

What stops us from being honest?  While I was using drugs I would not tell people I smoked pot or anything else.  I remember when the doctor asked if I smoked I always responded no (because pot does not count right?)  Is there a point in our adulescent years where we felt the need to hide who we really are to fit in with the rest of society.  Did I lie when I was young and tell other kids that I did not collect Star Wars figures because I thought they might make fun of me.  We somehow learn this dishonesty at a young age.

Becoming OK and happy with yourself starts to become a part of growing up.  Some of us never get there.  We never start to figure out who we are.  We continue to try to fit in or be ashamed of who we are throughout our whole life.  Maybe I never examined who I was because I was hiding behind drugs and alcohol. 

How do we start becoming honest?  It starts with you.  Become honest about yourself.  Maybe you are ashamed with things you have done or are doing in your life.  You can start by telling someone.  When you express that you are ashamed of your past you are being honest.  Are there things around you or people around you that make you unhealthy?  Finding this honesty will help begin a healthy mind, body, and soul.

Thank you to Kristen Schneider for a a terrific yin yoga class at Full Circle Yoga.