Featured on the Health and Fitness Travel Blog, August 26, 2016.
Because “selfish” needs a makeover
I heard it once said: “Isn’t it interesting that the people who would call you selfish are the ones who want you to do something so that they feel better?” Take a moment with this. Let’s expand on it a bit to address an obvious argument. We are social creatures. Most of us are not in danger of becoming rogue megalomaniacs. But it’s time to come to terms with the fact that we are selfish anyway. Why not be conscious about it. Even when you prioritize other people’s needs—whether bosses, lovers, friends—the calculated result is a benefit to you. If you don’t get that result you expect from prioritizing them, you are upset. We all do this, to a degree. We are learning to do it less, however—a shift is happening based on individual abundance and interdependence.
Yoga, at first, feels a bit strange. Those who don’t do it say the same thing to me over and over: What’s with this focus, on a mat, not looking at or talking to anyone—what is the benefit of that? When you think about it in terms of an expanded definition of selfishness, anything that charges your batteries from the inside, and connects you with your power and a sense of presence is beneficial.
When you take a holiday with yoga practice as the cornerstone, you immerse yourself in an experience that is designed to connect you with yourself and fulfill you, first. Because it’s okay, even recommended, to be the center of your own life!