Yesterday in the yoga classes I taught I spoke of the importance of surrounding ourselves with people who help us be our best selves. I asked my students to close their eyes and picture someone in their lives who helps them stay true to their authentic selves. Someone who supports them when they need it. Someone who is honest with them even when the truth is hard to accept. Someone who helps them be their best selves. And here is what happened, I watched as everyone’s solemn face slowly began to soften. Smiles began to appear on everyone’s lips. The energy in the room became lighter. Throughout these classes I kept reminding my students to bring to mind their special people. Smiles would break out, muscles would relax, and movement would become more fluid. Just thinking of these important people helped my students find a place of greater ease, confidence, and peace within their practices. It was truly amazing to witness.
Here is my challenge to you dear readers: Take a moment to think of someone in your life who helps to bring out your best self. Take a moment to silently thank them. Then take a moment to let them know how special they are to you. Write a card, pick up the phone, schedule a date with this person. Make sure this person knows how much he or she means to you. For the rest of the week, anytime you are having a hard time or doubting yourself, bring this person to mind and see what happens.