No matter how awesome I like to think I am sometimes, let’s just be honest – people judge me. Lots of people probably judge me: my shoes, my hair, my goals, my views, my sheep sweater, my penchant for bagged underwear… People judge; it’s what we do. But I think the person who judges me the hardest is actually me.
When I get down to it, I can’t (and will never) know if and what everyone else thinks of me, so it’s literally a futile exercise to wonder and worry about it (admittedly, WAY easier said than done!). But I am a companion to myself 24/7, and it can be a pretty miserable 24/7 if I’m full of negative thoughts and judgments about me…or anyone else, for that matter! “I am stupid, I hate my hair, I don’t trust myself, I can’t do this.”
Anytime I’m feeling meek and powerless and particularly judgey, I like to give this Lion’s Breath yoga exercise a try and just let go for a minute. Let go of what everybody else in the world thinks, and – more importantly – just let go of what I think. Quiet those negative voices and let the self-love flow: I am powerful, I am a force for good, I love me, I am a lion!!