‘Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.’ ~Ray Bradbury
Yoga teaches us not to be self-conscious or at least allows us to recognize when we are being self-conscious. It is amazing to me how young we are when we suddenly buy into how un-cool, un-attractive, or un-something we are. We start out as creative and free beings and then something horrible happens that changes our sense of freedom to be exactly who we are.
In any case, my 8 year old son competed in a National Chess Tournament which, as you know, is pretty much a dork-fest where most of the world is concerned. I, however, think my son is pretty cool and am so proud that he has found something he enjoys.
While he was away at the tournament, a friend of mine and her two daughters came over to make Holiday Cookies and paint our toes Christmasy, and have a girl day with my daughter and me. My son thinks my friend's older daughter is cute so he says,"Tell S, I am off at war." Never before had he mentioned being embarrassed of playing chess, but obviously he felt the need to impress and so he decided War was much cooler. While this was funny, it made me sad also. Do we really start trying to hide who we really are at such a young age? How can we stop this?
Me, I just practice yoga, it helps me remember (me).
I believe yoga can help us accept ourselves, as well as others, exactly as we are.
I believe. I believe. I believe.