I get a lot of email being a blogger, and end up subscribing to a lot of e-newsletters for different fashion, beauty and lifestyle websites. Some I tire of and delete before I even open them, some I end up looking forward to every day (hello Daily Candy!).
As many of you know, my husband is a part-time yoga instructor. Through his interest and classes, I have come to enjoy and respect this practice and love how it has changed my body and spirit. I must admit, I started it in hopes to lose a few pounds and be more flexible, but have continued because the practice has helped me become more centered and connected with myself and the world around me.
Anyway, another daily e-newsletter I receive is from Daily Om – each day I receive an email with some food for thought. Today's email was geared toward women, and some of it I felt would be a great reminder to you readers, no matter your religion, beliefs or level of spirituality (if any). I really believe that women are magnificent and beautiful creatures and that how we care for our outsides both helps us nurture our insides and represent ourselves correctly and share ourselves with the world.
From Daily Om:
There are many ways and myriad reasons for women to honor and embrace all that they are. And when any individual woman chooses to do so, all women collectively move closer to becoming what they are truly capable of being. By honoring her experience and being willing to share it with others—both male and female—she teaches as she learns. When she can trust herself and her inner voice, she teaches those around her to trust her as well. Clasping hands with family members and friends, coworkers and strangers in a shared walk through the journey of life, she allows all to see the self-respect she possesses and accepts their respect, too, that is offered through look, word, and deed.
When a woman can look back into her past, doing so without regret and instead seeing only lessons that brought her to her current strength and wisdom, she embraces the fullness of her experience. She helps those around her to build upon the past as she does. And when she chooses to create her desires, she places her power in the present and moves forward with life into the future.
Seeing her own divinity, a woman learns to recognize the divinity in all women. She then can see her body as a temple, appreciating its feminine form and function, regardless of what age or stage of life she finds herself. She can enjoy all that it brings to her experience and appreciate other women and their experiences as well. Rather than seeing other women as competition, she can look around her to see the cycle of life reflected in the beauty of her sisters, reminding her of her own radiance should she ever forget. She can then celebrate all the many aspects that make her a being worthy of praise, dancing to express the physical, speaking proudly to express her intellect, sharing her emotions, and leading the way with her spiritual guidance. Embracing her womanhood, she reveals the facets that allow her to shine with the beauty and strength of a diamond to illuminate her world.
At the end of my husband's class, we always end with the entire room saying “Namaste” to one another. Though the definition of this word seems to differ depending on religion and spiritual practice, in our class we use it to mean, “The divine in me recognizes the divine in you.”
To all of you reading this, Namaste.