Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Be Who You Are

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ~ Dr. Seuss

I am currently in a Kundalini Yoga teacher training and this weekend we had another training that was truly a powerful experience for me in my exploration of self. We did a meditation to break our mask. The meditation was to help break the imagery that we have worn on ourselves that take us away from our reality.

That is, so many of us wear a mask to protect us and to allow us to be liked, approved or otherwise from other people. When we are young, we often create these masks to survive, to fit in or to get by. As we get older, the mask no longer serves us in the ways it may have as a child and often times it begins to get in the way. I did a workshop a few years ago and the facilitator said to me, "Take off the mask and let the true you and your true power shine through." It hit me hard as I thought to myself, what mask?

But deep down I knew it was true and that the facade of who I had been for so many years was hiding who I really was. I sought to figure out who I am and realized that I am me - passion, joy, quirks and all. For so many years I had tried to be like other people and tried to do things that would gain approval from others and I was miserable. After the meditation this weekend, I realized that for so long I have been afraid to fully be me - to walk my walk and speak my truth.

More and more every day I am learning to be who I am and fully express myself. It is a constant journey in self love and self acceptance. But I finally feel confident in the path ahead and more comfortable in my own skin, more able to be me. When I saw these Dr. Seuss quotes, I had to laugh and giggle aloud. How true and fitting for my thoughts of the day. May you continue on your journey of full self expression and truly allow yourself to BE WHO YOU ARE.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

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