A difference two minutes can make!
This past weekend, I went to Yoga on High, in Columbus, to attend a wonderful Teaching Restorative Yoga workshop. I soaked up all the wonderful knowledge that was shared about the importance of restorative poses and how to help students to relax 10% more even though they felt they couldn't or were relaxed enough. I got to spend sometime alone in the evening at a hotel, which is something I have never done and ate some awesome food at very different and unique restaurants on the Short North strip.
While all this was all wonderful, the best and most surprising part was a very quick two minute guided meditation. We were asked to accept all parts of ourselves. Now, I have heard this before and when I hear this phrase, I automatically start to list all the things I don't like or want to change about myself. The list came fast and growing long in my mind, in a surprisingly very short amount of time...a few seconds, really. I thought to myself, "This is way too easy.". Then, it dawned on me...I have always accepted this part of myself. What I needed to accept was my good qualities and actions in my life. I started to list those and it became quite difficult and felt uneasy. I had a hard time accepting the silly, spontaneous part of me. I have always worked very hard to suppress and control this part of me. I am not sure why. Maybe because I am getting older and I am not supposed to act silly or break out in a dance when out in public other than a dance floor. I never liked feeling out of control, didn't want people to judge me. Yet this is a quality that I often enjoy and love about other people. They feel really good in their own skin and freely express it when and where the mood hits them.
This quality of being able to express ourselves in a joyous way is in me. It's in all of us.
I feel that many people today freely accept the parts we don't like about ourselves but with judgement. What I learned in this brief moment of meditation was that we need to accept the bad and GOOD things WITHOUT JUDGEMENT. How we perceive these qualities in us is how we write our stories and then we become our stories. If we are unhappy with our stories of our lives, we must first accept our good, bad or different parts of ourselves without judgement, then we can begin to change how we perceive our qualities and begin to write a new story.
I was amazed that this revelation came in such a quick span of time. So it doesn't have to take 30 minutes or hours a day of disciplined meditation and reflection to have an Ah Ha moment. Just two minutes CAN make a difference!
I invite you to take two minutes and and ask yourself what about you do you need to accept and embrace?