I’ve been back in Seattle from Sedona Level 1 for a little over a week now and have been getting the comments I knew were to follow from previous Baptiste trained yogis.
“You are GLOWING!”
“You look like you’ve lost weight”
“Did you do something with your hair?”
“You seem so happy!”
“You look beautiful! There is something different about you!”
These are just some of the comments and it is really no exaggeration at all. It’s weird how even strangers say this when you’re not used to getting complimented especially this much in one week, especially when you really haven’t done anything different.
What has changed though, is what happened inside me at teacher training. Our chair sessions lasted for hours a couple times everyday and we discussed the importance of “letting go” and not taking anything personally. We talked about how if someone gets mad at you or talks bad about other people….this all has to relate with the deep problems or insecurities within themselves. Everything we do shows others who we are, and too often we are not being our most authentic selves. We create masks to hide from who we are. We are embarrassed of our true personalities and we put these masks on, sometimes more than one per situation or group of people, to feel safe, secure, and inauthentic.
This past week, I was glowing because I have an awareness of this. It’s still going with me in everyday life since I’ve been back and I can see when I am being inauthentic. I can see when I’m not truly looking into peoples eyes when I’m talking them, and I make that change. I make a change to just be. Be myself. Be okay with who I am and what I look like and where I am in life.
There is so much to be grateful for and so much of life ahead of me that I will make sure I am more present with. When you fully accept where you are, and who you are, you create true internal happiness. When you have this, it shines to other people and it’s almost like you really are glowing. You are spreading light energy.
SO what have I done since I’ve been home?
- I have started doing at home practice at least once a day (this is something I’ve never been able to do before and I love it! It’s liberating having that one-on-one with yourself before work or before bed)
- I haven’t been eating a lot of meat or gluten unless absolutely necessary. I am a HUGE meat eater. Since Sedona, I’ve mainly had a fruit/veggie diet with fish or prawns once a day and it’s given me more energy. I came home replacing the need to eat a huge chicken or meat source to fill me with gorging on veggies like huge salads and stir fry’s and then a tiny amount of meat at lunch and having a few fruit snacks throughout the day. I will let you know if this changes, but it has allowed me to really maintain my diet since I’ve been home and I haven’t been indulging as much. Here is a play-by-play of my diet haha. It may change since this diet is great for a mainly yoga-based exercise day. I know I will need to add more food/protein since I also love to run and go to spin classes but here ya go:
- 1 poached egg on arugula with a side of avocado
- 1tbls. of Greek yogurt with a few cut strawberries.
- 1 liter of water with apple cider vinegar added to it.
- ¼- ½ cup of walnuts with dates
- or fruit.
- 1 liter of water with apple cider vinegar
- Salad or a HUGE variety of ANY veggies of your choice. I’ve been having huge salads with a variety of colors and I add either a little fish or shrimp to it or any other kind of protein I can add….But mostly veggies.
- Fruit (apple, grapefruit, etc.) sometimes a spoonful of almond butter.
- I am not a huge dinner eater but I’ve been keeping it simple with 3-4 mini sweet peppers stuffed with avocado and garlic.
- 4-5 dark chocolate covered almondsJ
Besides this, I have been relaxing and reading a lot. I’m focusing all my energy on making my days filled with what I love and with whom I love. I don’t want to waste any time of my day dealing with people or things that hold me back.