Life. Yoga. Joy.
Inspiring a life with smiles...™
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Sometimes it is nice to see ourself thru the eyes of others…
(This moment happened last week...)
“You will look gorgeous” she said. “Really?” I laughed. “Crazy as it seems, I love this dress. But I can’t wear it.” .
“No really,” she said. “You should try it on. You are so pretty and it is a high fashion dress.”
I had to try it on, but the thought of me wearing a high fashion dress - the kind the I-have legs-up-to-here supermodels wear seemed absurd. Especially because just that morning I had been so frustrated with myself.
See I had a bit of a health issue this summer, one I didn’t publicize. And although I am fine now, I still don’t feel like I am back in peak shape.
I have tons of patience for my clients, but often lack it for myself. And when I looked in the mirror after my shower, all I could see was how far I had to go to be my fittest again.
The funny thing is that most days I feel strong and sexy and whole. But sometimes, randomly, for reasons I still am reflecting on, I too have those moments were I view myself in - well - to put it as kindly as possible - a less than favorable light.
Smiling on the outside, and still feeling a bit low on the inside, I tried on the dress. I loved it. Not because it is something that I would actually wear daily (although 95% of this shop DOES contain things that I would LOVE to have in my closet and wear daily), but because for a moment, I realized I felt as gorgeous as my friend said I would be, and that made me smile inside and out.
Be kind to yourself my peeps. And in case you forget your worth, take a moment to see yourself, through the eyes of those who love you.
This is my yoga.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell
As a child, when I pictured a castle, I envisioned lots of gold brocade, velvet ropes hanging from overabundance of draperies rich colors and tapestries, furniture too fragile to sit on because it's so imbued with history. It’s clean, shiny, inviting, yet majestic. The castle I imagined has servants, and well lit corridors, and large spacious armoires with mirrors to twirl around in front of while wearing my fancy dresses…
That is not my castle…
There is something intoxicating about France…
There is a rhythm here…
A slowness of pace…
An almost seductive invitation to pause for a moment and let life happen…
It starts with a glance to catch your eye
And if you are receptive
“My deepest desire is to create a world where there’s room for all of us, where no matter who you are, you get to wake up in the morning and know that you are worthwhile and deserving. If that’s the world I want to live in, I have to do the work to make that true for me. I have to do the work of self-love and affirmation…[…] And maybe in seeing my joy, you can finish your sentence with, ‘And I am joyful too.’” - Quote from Kerry Washington (May 2017 Glamour Magazine)
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