"My body is a present of perfect design.
My mind is a power as endless as time."
From I'm Thankful Each Day
by PK Hallinan
The above is what I recited at the end of my classes this week which is from a book that I read at the end of my Tots & Tykes class as I love the message and think that we as adults need to hear, myself included. Our bodies are a present, one we should take care of by keeping moving, learning and feeding it the healthy food it needs. No worries I am also a big supporter of treats (hello chocolate) and enjoy my Chardonnay but of course all in balance. Honoring the gift of our physical form in this lifetime with all its unique characteristics is a new perspective I am working to take in place of viewing my body as having imperfections.
You see our "mind is a power as endless as time" as if we change the story, the narrative we can view ourselves in a new way. My children have expressed dislikes toward their own physical appearence, my son in a minor way in regards to his hair and a particular mole. My daughter has expressed her dislikes in a way that pulls my heart when I hear it. My husband and I ask questions to understand the source, then talk about our own characteristics and work to reinforce her own uniqueness. Sometimes we are more successful than others and I hope that this is part of growing up, being more aware of the social aspects is normal but I hope that we can help her to recognize that her body is a perfect present and her mind is her own power that is endless. It would be good for her mom to walk the talk so that is what I am working to do.
I ended my classes this week with the mantra Om Namah Shivaya, Thomas Ashley-Farrund in his book Healing Mantras says to "Chant with the idea that all of us should become perfect, each in his or her own way." That idea makes me smile so I hope it does for you too.
I am a DC based yoga teacher, wife, mother of two kids and three animals who is using yoga both on and off the mat to find balance.