Dirty feet. Some serious food for thought.
Every day I try to learn from my mistakes. Whether I lose my temper or get ecstatic about something, I try to learn who I am to better myself daily. I feel proud a lot, which is a priceless feeling but like this post there are moments, big or small that can be shameful. They help me recognize that I am constantly learning and growing and that this journey is never-ending.
I wanted to write this to quickly talk about a thought I had during hot yoga this week. There is a yoga instructor who’s feet are always very dirty. Truly without judgment but with some criticism, I asked myself why she doesn’t clean her feet! Especially before teaching a yoga class where your feet are on display for everyone to see.
I consider myself a very clean, organized and sometimes anal type person. During this extremely hot and sweaty yoga session, while holding one of the many magical and awkward yoga poses I found myself thinking about my teachers feet instead of meditating through my practice. Then a thought popped in my head. ” Hey, I haven’t even looked at my feet, I know they’re not dirty but let me take a look see just in case.” and what do you know.. my feet were dirty! Not super dirty but they had some residual grayish coloring that rubs off from my flip flops. How can this be my feet are never dirty! I thought.
I was stunned really at this silly but monumental realization. There I was being rebellious in my yoga practice thinking about the exact thing I should not be thinking. I was pondering my teacher’s dirty feet without realizing my own feet were a little dirty!
This reinforced the great lesson of Bob Marley-
“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I’m not perfect
-and I don’t live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers…
make sure you hands are clean!”
I feel we can all reinforce this important message in our daily lives. The fist step, of course, is to not judge. The second is to not criticize. But I feel the most important step of all is awareness. Recognition of these thoughts that flow through your head, catching them and tossing them out is the most important. Don’t beat yourself up if you catch yourself in the middle of a judgment storm. The important thing is that you caught it. Now ask yourself why these thoughts come in, look at your own dirty feet, and throw those thoughts away.
Con mucho amor,