For the majority of my life, I've struggled with boundaries....
It wasn't until I hit rock bottom, during my 30th year, that I realized Boundaries are born from Self Love & Self Respect. It was at this point, that I made the conscious decision to love myself enough to do the work. To face all the heartache and dysfunction I had been running from. I choose to say "enough is enough" is my own crazy shit!
It took several more years of therapy, my first yoga teacher training, and some really bad mistakes to begin to embody Sustainable Boundaries. Ones that are true to myself, yet not rigid, lacking empathy nor the space for connection. Boundaries that enhance my desires of living a connected healthy & happy life. Ones that act as a container when life becomes turbulent and unseemingly out-of-control. My Sustainable Boundaries help to guide me, where I can truly connect with my Creativity, Love, and Radiance.
To continue to embody Sustainable Boundaries, I layer practices where I recognize AND choose to listen to listen to them. In yoga, there are so many opportunities to move in a way that truly honors my body's limitations....there are as equally, if not more, opportunities to not move in a sustainable way. When I mindfully practice "Lord of the Dance" (Dancer/Natarajasana) I respect my lower back by cultivating strong physical boundaries around how deep I choose to take the pose. For me, Dancer is a pose that I can go to the limber extreme without any real pain at the time....it's later that I deal with the consequences. Moving in this mindful way on my mat, intentionally reinforces my Sustainable Boundaries....making the healthy pattern easier to access off of my mat.
If this post resonates with you, I would love to hear how you create Sustainable Boundaries within your life...
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