One of my favorite yoga teachers once asked us, at the beginning of the practice, “How will you show up for yourself today?”
I think that’s a really important question we often forget to ask ourselves. We get so caught up in the whirlwind of the “shoulds” and the “must do’s” that we forget to to show up for ourselves, be present to ourselves, to support ourselves in the midst of the whirlwind.
Today my body said “STOP,” and I listened. I’m under the weather, sinus infection, nothing serious, but my body is really weary, and I can tell that is making my heart and soul extra weary. The way I needed to show up for myself today was to STOP and just be.
I love this in terms of a way of phrasing what it is to be open-hearted, but I think it can put unnecessary, unfair pressure on us if we read it as “everything is ok” or “find joy in every moment.”
Sometimes showing up in the moment is showing up for ourselves like we were meant to be there. It’s ok to show up for ourselves like that’s the thing that needs to happen right now. Because sometimes it is the thing that needs to happen right now.
Please take care of yourself. You are a gift to this world. We need you here.