Meet Yourself Where You Are

Be Well Be Happy


“Meet yourself where you are,” was the beginning message in my most recent yoga class. I thought about imparting the message of enjoying the class rather than judging what one can do or cannot do, or silently grunting when there is a pose not particularly a favorite, or whatever the edge might have been. 

This can be applied to most anything we do. How do I feel today - physically, mentally, emotionally? Strong? Tender? Energetic? Weaker than usual? Fatigued? Powerful? Happy?  The list goes on. Taking some full deep breaths helps to quiet the mind allowing for the answer to that question to arise. Check in and then whatever comes up after some tuned in moments, honor that state of being.

Here is an example: I was guiding a yoga class with a balance sequence and I was falling out on one side. . . that leg, that day was just not strong.  I breathed, focused on my “drishti” - point of concentration - and said, “I’m happy to have this leg to stand on.”  I met myself where I was that day in that moment. That is not to say that afterwards, I did not work on some strengthening because I wanted to practice balance sequences. So, it is all about the attitude surrounding the experience, meeting myself where I was at that moment, being ok with it and not caring if someone was judging otherwise.

It makes the experience a positive one rather than a mixed or negative one, thereby contributing to our well-being.  I look for every way in my daily life to be well and happy and try to share with you the thoughts and practices that work for me.  We really have a choice about what we think and how we react. We can choose how we look at something and it is in that choice that brings the message to our hearts. If we react in anger, we are going to feel that. If we react in kindness, we’re going to feel that. That was a bit of a diversion from the original thought of this column but it is tied to it in that once we meet ourselves where we’re at, we have a choice as to how we go from there.  We can be ok about it and “be in” the experience.

“‘Samprati hum’: the present moment is my true self. I don’t need more to be complete; I am whole right now. I don’t need this moment to be anything other than what it is; it is enough right now. I can trust myself by looking within for what I seek. By being here, and being grateful now, I feel truly alive in the present moment. I can appreciate the joy of simply being here.” (Jen Williamson,

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be compassionate. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

By Paulette Mancuga 

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