“Why waste a second not loving who you are?”
“Why waste a second not loving who you are?”
“Love yourself first and everything falls into line.”
“For me, it might sound cliche, but beauty for me really does start on the inside. It’s like a state of mind, a state of love if you will. Then, whatever you can do on the outside is all like a bonus.”
“Our body is a vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”
The other day my husband proclaimed: “Well I did it. I’ve gained 11 pounds back! Now I just have five more pounds to go. I’d like to gain five more pounds.”
Super-moms and Super-women everywhere, together now: LOL!
Philippe had lost weight while we taught The Prana Cleanse™ (twice) and was super-happy it was re-appearing again.
“The five pounds.” How many times have I heard this from a Super-mom/Super-woman?
“If I could only lose five pounds, then I’d be happy.”
“It’s just these last five pounds—they are really distracting me. When I lose them, then I will do everything I’ve been wanting to do. I will be who I want to be.”
How many times has your weight or something to do with your body distracted you from following your heart and your dreams?
And what is REALLY going on here?
The fact that my sweet husband, bless his heart, was doing the “five pound thing” on the other end of the spectrum got me thinking—wondering, Super-mom style.
What would the world be like if everyone, right now, loved their body AS IT IS NOW. Not in five pounds, not in twenty pounds, not in a week or a month or when you fit into this or that.
Body discontent is pretty rampant and I’d like to help do something about it.
You can help.
Come together, Super-people, and share your experience on this topic. Be open and honest and fearless and let’s flush this out for once and all.
And have some perspective Super-women…some Super-men out there are wishing to weigh five pounds MORE.
My two cents is that a regular yoga practice will shift your body image and overall attitude forever. I’ve seen it happen countless times and continue to enjoy seeing this transformation in my students on a daily basis.
I also believe that incorporating more raw, un-processed foods in your life will have the same effect. If you are putting processed, disconnected foods into your body, of course you will feel disconnected from your body and yourself. And disconnection from ourselves is what causes us to be distracted by “the five pounds”–which is actually an illusion—a metaphor for something else.
Philippe and I have made it super-easy for you to enjoy more live, unprocessed foods in your day-to-day life by opening The Prana Raw Café at 292 Centre Street, Newton Corner (3 doors down from Prana Power Newton—on the corner where the rug store used to be).
It doesn’t matter if you know what raw vegan is—the foods we serve at The Prana Café’ are so delicious (pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, burritos, nachos, big salads, soups, juices, smoothies, the best desserts ever, and more) that you’ll hang out at The Prana Café’ (we have comfy couches-n-chairs, Starbucks-style as well as traditional tables and chairs) for the sheer delight of the taste of the food.
And you’ll feel so much better—physically, mentally, and emotionally.
And that, Super-people, is what it’s all about.
Super-Mom Michelle Ormes:
First, let me say that I think every mother is a super-mom, although we rarely give ourselves credit for our daily heroics. We’re more likely to think about what we didn’t get done, what we’d like to do better, how our mommy friends must have it more together than we do, and on and on. The self-imposed guilt and judgment are the regular stuff of my meditation and reflection on and off the mat. But that’s a topic for another time.
I’m the very grateful mother of two boys (Owen, 9 and Dani, 7) who keep me hopping, somewhat hip and laughing. Who knew, at 44, that I’d know (and could discuss with great interest) the intricacies of Lego Ninjago, use “Kung Fu Panda” quotes in my yoga classes and enjoy the antics of Greg Heffley. But that’s me. I love being a mom and I LOVE being a mom of boys. Boys, with their boundless energy, curiosity, uncontrollable need to move and their cuddly sweetness, are the best! There’s truly no greater purpose in my life than to help my boys have the confidence to be happy in their own skin and to live a life filled with gratitude and compassion.
My definition of what a super-mom is has changed significantly in the past year. Until the middle of 2012, I defined it by my ability to balance a demanding corporate career with motherhood – I was proud of keeping all the balls in the air and not dropping any. I would marvel at all that I could accomplish before 6am. But that life left me alternately feeling accomplished at my ability “to do it all” and feeling unfulfilled and empty. I felt like no one was getting the best of me; my work, my husband, my kids.
So, after years of thinking about it and feeling “not so super”, I quit my job. I followed my heart and took a huge leap of faith. I got my yoga teaching certification. I took the summer off and played with my kids. I stopped rushing. I’m nicer (so my husband says . I pick my kids from school. I have far less money but the work I do now actually helps people. And now I feel like everyone is getting the best of me (or so much more than they ever got before).
So my definition of super-mom now is being someone who is following her path, setting an example for risk taking and listening to her heart and intuition. Now, I’m completely present in ways I never was before . I am grateful beyond words for having the opportunity to take this chance (not everyone can) and I don’t take a second of it for granted. But here’s what I’m learning – the way to be the best mom is to be true to who and what I am. The universe will show me the way. If I can teach that to my kids – then I really will be super.