"Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you will be criticized for it anyway."- Eleanor Roosevelt
Are you someone who cares what others think of you? Or are you able to disconnect from how you are perceived by living life based on what makes you happy? I have always admired people who could care less what others think of them.
Human interaction would be completely different if we were always our authentic selves. If we didn't care about being judged, there would be less pressure to please others. Our masks would be unveiled, presenting who we truly are.
It's very easy to allow someone's opinion of you to change your mood or love in yourself. I was initially attracted to yoga because it was the first place I didn't feel judged. It sounds cliche but it is very true. I am a creative person who lives life a bit outside the box. I often hear this a lot, "You're not married!?", "You're a yoga teacher?" "You actually like living in New York City?" (Questions like these give me the opportunity to react in two ways. Either shrink up into a little ball and immediately feel judged or I could tell the person to go scratch. Decisions, decisions.) Once I delved deeper into my practice, I found that I truly focused on me. It didn't matter if the whole room was in Chin Stand while I sat in Child's Pose. I was just happy that I was sticking to a exercise routine for a long period of time. There's something about being in that environment where I could let go and be me. If you're not a yoga person, I challenge you to find something that makes you feel that way too.
"Yoga is not about self-improvement. It's about self-acceptance." -Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
No matter what we say or do, we will most likely be judged for it. There are always parallels to life on and off our mats but how can we physically/mentally put this into action?
CONFIDENCE- It is your journey, not anyone else's. Be confident in your decisions.
COMPASSION- Know that everyone has their own issues and even if they seem like they are judging, they are probably envious of you. Revel in it. Whoops! I mean be compassionate towards them. :)
CLARITY- Be clear in what you want out of life. If you have a clear head and are focused on what you want, it really won't matter who's judging you or not.
Life is really hard but absolutely breathtaking at the same time. I'm gong to work on this and get back to you. xo