How do most of us react when the temperature starts to climb out of the frozen zone? We throw open the windows, shake out the winter dust, and stagger into the sun again. The spring in our step leads us to the yoga studio with the fervor of a vortex. We strive to make up for lost time now that the days have become longer. It suddenly seems easier to establish and commit to a schedule uninterrupted by the cold. Yoga classes, gym memberships, and beauty salons all climb in attendance as we prepare for the stripped-down summer.
The pursuit of a beautiful body is relentless. We spend an immense amount of our resources on the exterior. Think about all the time, money, and energy that can go into the maintenance of our physical body. Clothing, cleaning, exercising, and feeding the body consume such a large part of our lives. We may be obsessed with the upkeep of our hair alone—from head to toe, the cleaning, styling, and removal of it all require many hours and a great deal of money. Standards of physical perfection brought on by cultural demands can also breed stress and anxiety over our appearance.
Stress is a sure sign of an imbalance in our lives—and a perfect way to ruin our summer fun. (The yogis that race out of the class before savasana to make it to the hairdresser are in serious need of balance in their lives!) When we ignore everything on the interior, we're out of balance. As suggested by Eckhart Tolle, we must “get the inside right and the outside falls into place.”
We have an immense interior world made up of thoughts, feelings, imagination, peace, love, and prana. These subtler energetic levels of our being vibrate within and are just as real as the bones in our body. To ditch judgment and balance your inner and outer lives using kindness and self-compassion, just follow these three easy steps. Think of it as three inner workouts to bring wholeness in time for spring.