I often asked to explain to people what the purpose of yoga is in 100 words or less. In my standard elevator speech what I share is that yoga practice makes us stand up with FULL awareness to be FULLY present to our lives and take FULL responsibility for the quality of our existence right now.
It is all about embracing who you really are. Not who you were yesterday or who others want us to be but harnessing the power of our minds to focus on being in charge of our own lives. This means we stop blaming others for what our lives were or are like and stop making excuses for delaying the next steps of our lives. We accept that the job of being ourselves is ours alone. And Elizabeth Gilbert speaks to this in this quote “If I want transformation, but can't even be bothered to articulate what, exactly, I'm aiming for, how will it ever occur?” I totally agree if you can't bother to show up and speak your truth about what you want for your life then how will you ever achieve it?
Nathaniel Fast, at USC and Larissa Tiedens, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford, conducted studies presented in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology called "Blame Contagion: The Automatic Transmission of Self-Serving Attributions." Three key things that stand out about blame are: