Do you know those thoughts that pop into your head whenever you manage to calm that monkey mind down? Those thoughts that come up while meditating, while running, while paying attention to your breathing. Those thoughts are special, and should have a little bow tie in their hair so the whole world can see how great they really are (but due to a lack of bow ties, here is a blog post).
Today was Day 2 of Adriene’s 30 Day Yoga Camp for me and one of those thoughts came up. Today’s practice was a calm one. One of those that I struggle with. I like quick and swift. Luckily I have a new Yoga friend who suggested that we’d do the 30 Day Yoga Camp together. (Yes, I know. I’m excited too!) And already, it seems worth every minute of sitting in discomfort.
When I was breathing in, and breathing out (forward fold), when I opened my eyes and looked down, the thought that came up sounded like this: “I really don’t hate my feet at all.” Then, funnily enough, Adriene also mentioned in her video how many of her friends really hate their feet. And reminded us to practise self-love.
I wanted to share this thought because it is unfiltered, it reflects exactly where I am at in my journey of self-love. I was a little surprised by what came up, I was happy that it was positive despite the negative word, and most of all, it made me laugh and enjoy the practice.
I treasure those thoughts that come from the space in between breaths. They teach great lessons. They can help us practise self-love. I had this one thought and then, no conflicting thoughts came up at all. I did not even feel the need to explain (to myself, or my yoga mat) why I really don’t hate my feet. I JUST really don’t hate my feet.
Now here is how your feet can show you an easy way to practise kindness, and to make sure you are giving yourself enough of that precious love. Start with the things that come as easy as not hating your feet. Celebrate how much you don’t hate your feet. (I have a banner ordered for the party I am going to throw, for not hating my feet! Yes, you are invited.)
Then maybe, you might actually start loving your feet, and the fact that they carry you around each and every day. You start paying attention to how the earth underneath your feet feels. How your feet move, and eventually you start loving every single bone in your feet. Soon enough you will be so busy loving all of those bones that you forget about any thoughts that do not serve you. Even if it is just for a brief moment. That is where you start.