I've come to the conclusion that we, as humans, are like Tootsie pops. Tootsie pops come in different colors and shapes. They seem to have a hard, protective shell, but if dropped, they shatter into a million pieces. The tootsie roll center that is protected by this "outer shell" is ALWAYS the best part. Unfortunately, if a little fuzzy gets stuck on the outer shell, the whole sucker is seen as "dirty" and thrown out.
We all have little "fuzzies". Maybe we're not the right shape, or our nose is a little too big. Maybe we had a bad hair cut, or we tripped walking to science class. These "fuzzies" shouldn't be how the world sees us. I think too many people get "stuck" on OUR outer shell. Our bodies. Our hair. Our height. The list goes on and on. What's sad is that sometimes, when people get stuck, they forget that the best part of US is inside.
Our heart. Our soul.
Remember that old quote, "Beauty is only skin deep?"
Beauty IS our heart and our soul. What's on the outside is just the protective coating. But sometimes our protection isn't so strong and we shatter into a million pieces because our shell isn't seen as "perfect". But NOTHING is perfect. What we must do is accept it. Accept the fact that perfection doesn't exist and embrace every imperfection that we have because that's what makes us, us.
I have made myself a promise that has helped open my heart and accept my imperfections. It goes something like this:
Surround yourself with people who look past your shell. Who set your soul on fire. Who make your heart so happy it could pop out of your chest. Because everything WILL change, but beauty, YOUR beauty, will always remain.
I see people now for the light they shine on my world. For the laughs they make me laugh and the smiles that make my cheeks ache. I see them as generous, caring, loving, thoughtful, silly, and creative, instead of "short", "weird", "skinny", "clumsy", or any other physical label.
By practicing yoga, I have learned to pay close attention to my thoughts and my body. I have learned the power of acceptance and continue to learn the importance of balance. Yoga has given me a new sense of purpose. I feel more in control of my thoughts when I come to class on a regular basis and more aware of how my body is feeling day to day. Everyone I have met at the Zen Zone has helped me keep this promise to myself of maintaining a positive outlook. The instructors are so encouraging and friendly before, during, and after class. I am always greeted with a smile and a warm hello. I began practicing yoga on my Wii Fit two years ago. Let me tell you, I haven't used it since I began coming to the Zen Zone! There's absolutely no comparison. The atmosphere is so peaceful and you get to practice with others who enjoy yoga just as much as you. Everyone goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable and "looks past your shell". Whether you are a beginner or and advanced yogi, you will feel so much love here from the moment you step foot through the door.
My heart is lighter since I began yoga and since I have made the promise to see people's hearts and souls, rather than their physical appearance. I encourage everyone to look past others "shells" and into their hearts. It will change your heart, I promise.