This summer has been scorching in Philadelphia and I have been exploring all the ways to cool down, from mid-day cold showers to bulking up on foods that have a 90% or higher water content. I don’t often eat eggs, and I don’t believe in wasting them, but I am pretty sure the fried egg on the sidewalk trick would be successful. (There has to be a cruelty free substitute.)
Rachel Brathen, aka Yoga Girl, is the one who coined the hashtag #yogaeverydamnday. With blogs and Instagram accounts showing uni-faceted ways of living, it is easy to believe that there are people out there who excel at the art of being consistent. They always “eat clean.” They align with their spiritual selves and check in on a daily basis. They replace a bad mood with a handstand.
I call BS.
No one has it figured out and no one has a perfect existence. I will be running a 500 hour teacher training in 2018, and my co-leader, Monica and I were discussing the lie of the linear. In other words, we think that we can get better, stronger, healthier, faster, more attractive, etc, if only we just applied the appropriate formula. We don’t take into account age, or injury, or illness, or mental state, or just the fact that we are human freaking beings.
Especially this summer, join me in taking a break from the linear expectations. From judging your stomach every time you look in the mirror to bemoaning the wrinkles that have seemed to appear overnight. Take a break from your own perfection and live a little, even if that means sleeping in and reading the paper in bed. Give yourself permission to live a life that isn’t in a straight line, because there is nothing that happens every damn day for the rest of your life.
Let’s keep it simple with this month’s meditation. I hope that you enjoy!