it has taken me along time to share many of my photos this one by incredible @shotbyshankha because it means so much to me and more than the misappropriations our body receives when post them on social media. @nude_yogagirl has inspired my healing journey immensely through yoga along with @michelle_yogogirls @shanti.prema.yoga @iamshapeshifting @lizcrosbyyoga @poppyseeddancer @joe_lizzzzzz_yoga @rootedinflowing @kelelah and many others
At 36 what I am learning is no matter the opinions or perceptions other people have of my experiences, there is nothing that can alter the light or dark within me, except me. It can neither be worthy nor worthless, increased or decreased by the aversion or affection of the world around me. I am a exuberant being of value and the only person who can take away from my power-is me.
My body clothed or naked does exactly what I wish for and more. My openness, vulnerability and truth not only allows those around me to be brave, beautiful and baring it all (however they choose) within their experiences, but also allows myself to dive into a deeper level of healing, acceptance, compassion, understanding and love.
Nothing is worth hiding….As Brené Brown says….What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is Shame for being human. Authenticity is a collection of choices we make each day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to let our true self be seen. Being vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection. The dark does not destroy the light. It defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows……
If we are going to love ourselves, we must be true and learn not to self discriminate and mask that which we are and share with the world. We must just exist as is– and be prepared to be loved anyway.