What we think we create
This morning I headed off to my usual yoga class with the intention to release some stiffness from my lower back and hips which were having a hard time adjusting to the two Zumba classes I attempted last week.
Pretty good effort I thought, getting out of bed at 6am on my rostered day off, (which happened to be a Monday) to get some life back into my aching muscles.
At the class my teacher said to me that many people come to him with injuries from Zumba – and to that I commented that I was “just too old”. Even though I hadn’t given this comment much thought, it just came out. However on some level this was the mentality I took with me into this morning’s class.
From there the class was stopped momentarily to highlight my words of negativity as a reminder that everything we say, the words we choose to express ourselves, have a lot more power than you would first think. Going around telling myself that I am too old, too stiff and my body incompetent is not helpful, and goes against all I want for myself – health and flexibility in body and mind.
There are many people out there who also strive for the same, namely a 90 year old lady who drives one hour to attend yoga classes with my same teacher. If she had a different mindset about her age and what she was capable of I’m sure that the same one hour drive she now does with such ease would turn into a massive effort, and having the flexibility to do a yoga class would be off the cards.
So I wasn’t too worried about being made an example of in front of a whole class, as hearing this certainly does puts me back in my box for having such a weary attitude towards my 27 year old self.
Given this, the point of this post is not necessarily that “you are only as old as you feel”, but that we truly are the master of our own minds. What we think, say and do can have a huge impact on how we feel, how others perceive us, and how we live our lives.
I choose to be conscious of where my own thoughts take me, what I am saying to myself and others. So that when I feel in a rut and get down on myself I know that I have the power to pick myself up again and continue to move ahead.
Because at the end of the day it is my mind, my body and my life.
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