I’ve worked hard at becoming a certified yoga instructor. 5 years ago, I enrolled in a difficult program where I was evaluated on my teaching performance each week by one of the least yogi yoga instructors I’d ever met. She was harsh, controlling, and extremely critical. Just what I needed…
You think what I do is weird? You think the way I behave and who I am is considered weird? I know you do. You’ve even told it to me before. What I think is weirder, though, is living inauthentically. Living for other people rather than yourself. I think it’s weird we’ve normally living FOR other people, instead of for our beautiful, unique, authentic, imperfect selves. I think it’s weird we’ve stopped living and started pleasing.
Does Discipline create Freedom?
Does discipline create freedom? Or does freedom create freedom? A lot of preachers, teachers, and “gurus” alike have been adamant about this idea of discipline and how it’s benefitted their life in these astronomical ways. They say discipline is what leads good results and ultimately, a better more efficient life…
Sometimes that the “norm” isn’t normal at all. That fitting in doesn’t mean health. That “being adjusted to a profoundly sick society is no measure of health”. I forget this, because I’m inundated with our news cycles, our “normal” conversations, our corporate American drama and gossip filled dinner parties. There…
No one is queer, no one is diverse. Just BE with people as they are and don’t assume anything, and eventually, those statements I just wrote will be true for you. If you do, it’s your problem. Not anyone else’s. When you are present, you don’t need to “figure someone out”, “understand their background”. You don’t even need to understand your own biases. If you are present, it won’t matter. Presence allows you the freedom from judgement. Of thinking, “this way is right, and this way is wrong.”