I'm Not Broken...

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My yoga instructor read this at the beginning of class last weekend. It really resonated with me and was just what I needed to hear at that moment. Recently, I've been finding that in my complicated, chaotic, hot mess of a life, yoga is simple and something I have control over. I control whether I show up on my mat. I control the work I do and the strength I build. On my mat, I can shut out everyone and everything for 75 minutes each day. 75 minutes just for me...to relax, recharge, reflect, and accept..to feel powerful...to grow stronger...to breathe...to just be me. So I'm stealing the words and sharing them with all of you. Maybe it's what you need to hear too...because YOU ARE NOT BROKEN and either am I.

You have all the power, resources, capabilities and abilities to change anything about yourself that no longer serves you. You have zero power to change another human being, including your own children. This journey of self-awareness is about you and only you—not because you are selfish, but because you understand the need to be whole in order to fully give.

Everything and everyone in your life is a mirror of your inner relationship with yourself. See everything as an opportunity toward self-acceptance. What is it about me that I need to accept today? Note that I am not saying, what is it about me that I need to fix or change? That point of view comes from a perception of lack. There is no lack, there is only acceptance.

You are not broken. This very minute is the most perfect expression of who you are. Whether you choose to evolve into a better person tomorrow is entirely up to you. So think of yourself as if you were on a journey of making something good better, and not fixing yourself because you are broken.

You accept who you are, which means recognizing and acknowledging everything that is good about you, adjusting what no longer serves you and accepting what is not so nice about you as part of who you are that you can tweak accordingly.

It may sound like wordplay, but that’s exactly what it is—it is all in the phrasing. If you speak, think and act in the positive, you will draw the same toward you.

You can find the entire article, written by Lia S. Bernardo here.