“Our highest potential lies in the realm of no ego.”
My Namaste Yoga this evening finished off with this cryptic quote. I had been hearing the word ‘ego’ quite a lot in the past few weeks, and you know when you hear something repeatedly in a short period of time, you start to think, maybe the universe is trying to tell me something?
So I got to thinking…what does ego really mean?
Various definitions from online dictionaries say;
“Someone's ego is their sense of their own worth.”
1. personal pride
2. the part of a person that is conscious and thinks; the self.
A Latin word meaning "I".
My first ‘Body Talk’ session with Greg Dolman last month touched on this subject, ‘the ego’. Was my ego to blame for my body break-down? Was my eagerness to prove to my trainer and coach that I was capable of completing the training regime as laid out for me, even though I was having difficulties…was this the reason for my downfall?
Yes, I had been having trouble, my training program was demanding, work was full-on, everything compounded, one thing led to another. My diet was off, so my energy was low, I wasn’t sleeping well, getting up 3 times during the night to go to the toilet was usual, but did it stop me pushing myself in the gym? No, I didn’t want to let my trainer and coach down, so I ignored the warning signs and kept on going. Why didn’t I ask for help?
Asking for help would show I had a weakness right? Not being able to figure out how to get the balance right between work life, gym, training and getting enough sleep, I mean, this was my idea, my goal; I should be able to figure it out, right? Wrong, asking for help is a sign of strength in knowing your limits and what you need, and asking for support and direction. Asking for help is a sign of self-confidence, knowing you feel secure within yourself to stand up for yourself and speak up.
How is your self-confidence? Can you remember a time in your childhood when your self-confidence was shattered? I can remember many! Or even now in adulthood, what events have made you question your self-confidence? Have you ever thought that you are not good enough, not worthy enough to achieve your goals, to achieve success, to be happy? Have you ever thought that your sister, friend, colleague, the guy at the gym, the models in the magazines, the celebrities you adore; have you ever though that they deserve and are worthy of success and happiness…but not you? Why do you think like that???
The great thing about ‘thinking’ is that we have the power to change our thoughts. Kick the negative internal chatter to the curb and redirect your energies into positive thoughts and affirmations. Affirmations aren’t religious or sacred; it only means ‘statements’. Positive statements can have a huge beneficial impact on your physical wellbeing. After all, where have all those negative statements got you? You can start now, when you catch your inner dialogue telling you, “You can’t do that, who are you kidding?” or “I’ll never be able to do that, I’m not pretty enough / good enough / smart enough ----- insert you own words here” tell yourself the opposite. Repetition and consistency, pretty much like weight training, will get your mind focused on the positives, and this will have a flow-on effect to all aspects of your life.
And so you can see now how all the pieces are coming together, like a puzzle, bit by bit. Greg fills in all the gaps and you’re left with a total picture. A picture of you, now, at this moment in your life.
Finally, when the session has ended you’ll feel a sense of clarity and a feeling of lightness, as if a load had been lifted from your shoulders. You’ll begin to breathe deeper and flush out those negative thoughts and energies that you’ve held within your body, and then, you will begin to heal from the inside out.
If you're interested in finding out more about Greg and BodyTalk, or to book a BodyTalk session, you can contact Maria McCarter on 0417 055 922. You can also contact me here, I'll be happy to share more of my amazing BodyTalk experience with you.
We all deserve to be happy, to be successful in whatever ways we desire, to enjoy and love life to the full. Don’t let pride or ego stand in the way of you reaching your fullest potential. If you need help; seek it, if you have questions; ask them, if you believe in yourself; you will succeed.
In happiness and health,