I had an oh so interesting breakthrough this week, finally gaining an understanding of ... me. Of how I work, and why I feel so much dischord with many of the social media 'stars' of the moment (not to mention fancy studios with high gloss but no soul).
I finally realised that a lot of it has to do with values - and how many of these slick studios, these 'personalities' and 'brands' with thousands of followers, own a set of values that are a complete 180 to my own.
In my work Filter Free Yoga, and indeed my teaching of connection, kindness & compassion on the yoga mat, I absolutely bring my soul.
I share about bravely broken humans finding power in their ability to get up over and over again.
I share about vulnerability making us exquisitely attractive and our realness making us beautiful.
And finally I got it. I'm all about #lookwithin - but so many others are about #lookatme. Internal versus external. Getting validation from a body, or a pose, or a suite of 10,000 followers versus knowing you are worthy because you exist, and knowing you are loved because of your unique blemishes - rather than your perfect bod.
I'd much rather have a kind and welcoming heart that makes all people feel loved and welcome, than an exclusive exterior that makes others feel less than or 'not enough'. You can dress it up as aspirational, but when we're living in a culture that idolises this fake exterior and leaves so many people isolated, alone and suicidal, I'm happy to call it out. And that makes me so so happy to finally understand.
Because let's face it - no one's perfect. No fitness guru, no yogi guru, no model. NO ONE. And I tell ya, my battles with depression and mental health and addiction make me exactly the kind of person that understands what you're going through when you hit a bump in the road.
I understand you, dear one. I feel you. I hear you. And you are doing great. Keep doing you, ok?
Some jewels for you: Have you been watching any of ABC TV's Mental As? You must!
If social media is doing your head in, get stuck into this instead. An amazing rabbit hole to drop into.
And I just can't get enough of Dear Sugar. Over and over.
(📷 leaves by instagram.com/lisahmitchell)
All my love. x