I recently started incorporating yoga into my weekly workouts; in particular with a You Tube yoga instructor called Adriene (the channel is called Yoga with Adriene or YWA).
From being previously totally inflexible, I found this instructor so human and encouraging in her instructions, that I was soon quite comfortable with my own versions of downward facing dog, the cobra and tree pose. I’m certainly not yet a yogi, but I accept that I will only improve with practice and I feel much happier trying.
Adriene also runs occasional 30 day programs (e.g. Yoga Camp, Revolution) and sometimes encourages her followers to incorporate a short theme for the practice. I was thinking particularly about this when I came to give this post a title.
“I Accept” is a case in point. It means something completely different to each person, for sure.
For me it means that I accept who I am.
As a wife.
As a mother.
As a daughter.
As an MS sufferer.
As an artist.
And in each case, I have to accept my strengths and weaknesses.
Acceptance is very useful – particularly if I am struggling with something. For example, I am prone to beating myself up if I fall behind one of my own self-imposed targets. I am learning to accept that sometimes this will happen and congratulate myself for the things that go well.
Furthermore, I accept other people and their own individual make up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no saint! I will never accept any behaviours that go against my own moral code.
And I accept that!