It has been a couple years since I have gone to a Vinyasa yoga class. Yesterday I took the plunge and went to a studio nearby (East Wind Yoga) to get some time to myself. Pretty sure Vinyasa is as close to Heaven as I can get. I could feel my heart filling with the love and joy that this practice brought me years ago. My favorite part about Vinyasa is the little bits of wisdom that the instructors tend to share at the beginning and end of class. They tie moves to it and the whole class is like a dance for your soul. Ok getting “woohooy” over here. The instructor (Natasha Bailey) said something that hasn’t left my mind so I figure I should write about it!
The thought: Embrace your weird side.
When we are kids we are taught to do things this way and that way so that we are seen as “good” and not “bad”.We are taught to fit in and follow the rules. This follows us through high school and college and transcends into the workplace.
We all become these stereotypes and think that this is the way life should be lived. Maybe we show our true colors to our spouse? best friend? family? These characteristics are what have cultivated deeper connections and deeper relationship with others but it takes months sometimes years before we show them.
Being different has such a negative connotation tied to it but what isn’t realized is those that show their “weirdness” are extremely successful. When I say successful I mean in life, in love, and maybe even financially. It is like letting your uniqueness come out opens space up in your mind for creativity and success.
Part of my job is studying people, studying the top earners in my company and what they do…what have I found? THEY ARE ALL WEIRDOS!!!! They are all silly and funny and don’t care who knows it! They share love and sadness and they are REAL.
So I guess my point to this is to take pride in your weirdness. Life is to short to hide in a stereotype, be weird, embrace it and encourage others to do the same.