Love Yourself

January 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

Love yourself as much as you could love someone else.

I’ve talked about being selfish on here before but I must re-emphasize: Love yourself as much as you could love someone else.

A lot of people call that being selfish.

Loving yourself just as much as you love your children? treating yourself just as well as you treat your significant other? NONSENSE!

In all reality, it’s important to love yourself.

So, so important.

Without loving yourself, you succumb to illness.

You dwindle down, you let yourself go, all of a sudden everyone else is more important and you’re so used to it that way you don’t notice the moment when you need to be front and center of your own love and attention.

You lose yourself when you don’t love yourself.

How can you not love yourself, how can you not love yourself more than anyone else when the body you were born in with the soul that you are is the one body and the one soul you will be stuck with day in and day out for the rest of your life?

There is nothing empowering in that and nothing healthy in that.

Love yourself as much as you could love someone else.

Self love comes with no regrets.

You Are What You Eat

January 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

First glance, this could be taken as a shallow statement.

Hear me out though.

With a lot of yogis (I would hope with all), we try to make sure what we’re eating is good for our bodies.

It’s not to look good or to fit in our tiniest ‘kini by summer time, it’s because yogis recognize how important healthy eating is for yoga.

Once you begin to have awareness of what’s best for just your body (which I must admit happens to many who get into yoga), you start to see how much better your body performs when you’ve been eating healthy and clean foods.

You start to think clearer.

You’re in better moods.

Yes that’s what yoga does too, but yoga and healthy eating are a team.

They compliment each other in the best of ways.

I have a major sweet tooth, but when I’ve had a solid practice, I’m more mindful about what I put into my body.

Something I’ve started to realize more and more as I get deeper into my journey is just how much of a temple my body is.

It’s not just a metaphor, Your body is a temple to all your vital organs, the things that keep you alive and moving and breathing.

It’s a temple to your soul.

If you fill your body with animal products, processed foods, sugar, gluten, grease, your body is no longer a temple. It’s become a junk yard.

You’re organs fail, you get terminal illnesses, you gain unhealthy/unneeded weight, you don’t think as clear, you’re tired and unhappy and sick.

So when I say you are what you eat, it’s the truth; nothing shallow about it.

You eat clean and your body will work like a well oiled machine.

You eat dirty and your body/mind will behave accordingly.

EAT. YO. GREENS.

Second on my commandments: Be Unapologetically you.

This is something I strive for daily.

It’s saying be so true to yourself, don’t feel shame over who you are, and apologize to no one.

(If you’re a jerk to everyone, that’s a different story, obviously.)

When I was little, another girl verbally tore me a part because I didn’t stick with one style of fashion.

I would wear floral leggings one day and baggy jeans the next.

While it had hurt my feelings at the time (kids can be harsh and we didn’t have a lot of money), I didn’t let it stop me from wearing what I wanted.

Who was she to tell me how to dress? I dress for no one but myself.

I live for no one but myself.

Yes it sounds selfish but the truth is being selfish isn’t always a bad thing.

If we base our happiness or our reason for existence on others or objects, we’re giving whatever it is the power to control that which is only accessible internally.

If we consciously acknowledge that some things are better achieved through ourselves, like happiness and self acceptance, we open up a world of empowerment.

We’re able to do things we never thought we could.

Be unapologetically you.

I think it’s obvious why this is on my list of commandments.