Be your own kind of smart. Be your own kind of courageous. Be your own kind of playful. Be your own kind of compassionate. Be your own kind of confident.

I love the essence of this message, which is BE YOURSELF. But if you’re anything like me, you probably catch yourself frequently falling into the ever-alluring yet emotionally dangerous trap of comparing yourself to others.

I caught myself doing this the other day in yoga class. I was feeling really good about how my headstand was coming along until I noticed the woman beside me and in less time than it takes to inhale an overwhelming feeling of dissatisfaction rolled through me.

Happily all this happened with a good measure of compassionate self-awareness and I was able to sooth myself with an ‘oh sweetie look what just happened’ and then shift to curiosity about the way this woman had her hands clasped which seemed to give her more stability. We’ll try it that way next time and see what happens I said to myself as I regained my own internal stability and went back to appreciating my own kind of headstand.

Can you relate?

With great warmth


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