Ever since I can remember, I was told by my family that I used to cry a lot as a child. I was (still are but I have made progress) very temperamental. As an adult, I can see what they meant by their stories, I do have an explosive personality and tend to be very “sensitive” I feel intensely. I see these traits more strongly in my personal relationships where the interactions are more deeply rooted and so there is a lot of space and time for all of me to show at one point or another. Looking back, I can recall situations where I let the worst of me pour out without even being aware it was happening. This was before I started my journey of self-discovery.
“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world” .- Ramana Maharshi
I hold this program very close to my heart as it does streams from there, a place within. It has been born from my own personal experiences; understanding myself being the biggest and most powerful one. Because I have seen what my actions can create, I see the power I hold, and this is true for every single human in this planet. Many had said it before, “with great power comes great responsibility” and so it is my responsibility to know myself, to understand my hurts so I can be more kind when I am in pain, and to discover what makes me happy so I can cultivate more of that in my life. I want to do this, because I understand that my actions have the power to create reactions in others. And I am not talking about taking all the guilt for how others choose to react to me, instead I am speaking of a more basic, yet redoubtable idea: To know myself, is to know my power.
AND WHY IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW MYSELF?
Because if you are trying to make changes in your life, you got to know what is the thing or things you have to shift to make the change. One thing is to know you want to lose weight and another one is to know why do you have those extra pounds and can’t seem to shake them off. What is happening inside of you that is making you reach for that snack or keeping you stuck in the sofa? You want to manage emotions in a more helpful way, but you don’t even know what emotions are you having in the first place. Trying to make changes in our life without looking inside is like that store owner that had a business that was not succeeding, so he painted and renew the exterior of the building but had an infestation of rats in the inside that was keeping customers away. You want to change your diet, outlook, life style, etc, but what you may not see is that those changes can only happen in one specific place: Your body.
Your body is the vehicle that helps you experience life, without it you can not hug the lover, walk the path, eat the food, wear the colors or live that moment you been waiting for. Once the body dies, the physical life experience is over. So it is in the body, that our journey begins. Because it is in your body, along with it’s cells, systems, electrical and chemical networks that the changes will happen. By getting to know your body, you will find out that it is alive and it also speaks a language that, surprisingly, you already know, you just have to “Listen to it”. Once you know you will be better able to act, and when you act from a better place the reactions that you will create will also be better. This is a strong and authentic foundation from where to move forward, because it is based on who you truly are not who you think you should be, and it’s authenticity gives hope for the fruits of your work to be harvest.
You can make a difference in the world. You can change someone’s day or even life; but chances are that if you are not feeling well, are in pain, hurting or burnt out you are not going to have the energy to do any of those things.
Learning how to listen to your body is the first step towards cultivating things that makes you feel good. Now, understand that any goal you have in mind will inevitably affect others. If you learn those tools to better manage stress others will dance under the peace you will radiate. If you want to lose weight and feel more confident, others may find the inspiration to do the same for themselves. But let me be clear, you are making changes for you, not for others. You can not change the way people see you, feel about you, you can not change the politician’s opinions, You can not change the tragedies that happen around the world, but You sure can change yourself and remember, that has a lot of power. Because one small positive action can shift one person’s day and outlook, and when people feel good, they do good. So you change for yourself and everyone benefits. This is an idea that I see in my own journey, after understanding myself I was better able to offer compassion to those parts of me that where in pain or suffering, and this moment of grace gave me space to choose how to act out in the world. I learnt (and I am still learning) to communicate better when I wasn’t feeling my best, instead of letting the emotions or feelings explode and taking down with me whoever was near.
To know myself is to understand myself, and when I understand myself I can act from an authentic place. Authenticity is attractive, we all desire it, when we see it we get inspired and begin to wonder if we could do the same. But I can’t be authentic I don’t know myself, so you see when you better yourself you are actually helping many others to better themselves without you having to say anything to them. It is from this place where the idea “Be You” stands strong.
What gift, talent or idea is hidden in you waiting to be shared?