I read something today about "compassionate self-examination and inquiry". It made me sit quietly for a bit and think about all of the different pieces that we have inside of ourselves. Yes, we all have them ... the childlike self, 15 year old self, insecure self, compassionate self, goddess self, confident self, intense self, oh, and let's not forget that entire itty-bitty shitty committee that speaks in a loud voice to us when what we need is the crowd of courage (yes, these are all from our insecure self.) I'm sure we can each list over a dozen different pieces.
Some pieces we love and embrace and others, well ... not so much. As we live, learn, and grow it is important for us to see and adjust to the changes happening within and around us. We should try and stay fluid with these changes and different pieces of ourselves ... just as the ocean waves work to soften the sharp edges of glass ... work together with them. If we don't, we may get trapped in the stickiness of the past.
As with many, my yoga practice includes Svadhyaya ... self study, contemplation, and reflection ... an ongoing process in which I continue to learn about myself, to recognize, be a witness to, and allow space for *all* of the pieces that are within me. Accepting all and nourishing some ... while knowing that every one of them has helped shape who I am today. I am so very thankful for who I am, for all of the special people in my life, and being able to share and practice yoga with so many beautiful souls.
Much love always,