SELF-RESPECT MEDITATION (OR I LOVE MYSELF! MEDITATION)
Hello yogis and yoginis,
I am Sarah from Asana Fitness.
Today we will practice a little meditation.
Unroll your yoga mat or take out your meditation cushion and join me.
Find a comfortable position where you can be still for a few minutes.
Seated or lying down.
Close your eyes gently or half closed.
Meditation allows you to calm and quiet your mind.
It allows you to condition your mind to live the life you wish to live.
Meditation slows down your breath.
In the present meditation, we will explore and increase our self-respect by practicing mindfulness.
The Gita says that “Yoga is the journey of the self. Through the self. To the self.”
Self-respect is the backbone of a healthy connection with oneself.
It is being coherent with your values.
What you think of yourself is more important than what others think of you.
Therefore, it is important that you value yourself highly.
Self-respect is pride and confidence in oneself.
Others will respect you, if you respect yourself.
You are strong, courageous and confident.
You are a unique and beautiful soul.
You are at our best when you love yourself.
Compassion makes you more resilient to obstacles and challenges.
You express our true self with comfort and pride.
You trust our inner voice… as it guides you in making the choices that are good for you.
As Robert Tew wrote: “Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
You recognize when you are lied to or treated unfairly.
You choose to be surrounded by people and things that encourage the manifestation of your true self.
These positive people and objects bring out the best in you.
Repeat the following affirmations:
I value myself as a person.
I am authentic.
I am enough.
I am whole.
I am powerful.
I am capable.
I am beautiful.
I am healthy.
I am strong.
I love my body.
I attract positivity.
I attract opportunity.
I attract love.
I am kind to myself and others.
I am smart.
I am confident.
I am successful.
I am worthy.
I am a worthy individual.
And I am worthy of all the blessings coming my way.
I trust myself.
I trust my intuition.
I deserve love.
I deserve respect from myself and others.
I deserve to be happy.
I know my values and live by them.
I radiate positivity.
I love myself unconditionally.
Ring the tingshas as you breath in and out.
Breath IN: say yes to life.
Breath OUT: say thank you.
Breath IN: say yes to all decisions you have made.
Breath OUT : gratitude.
Breathing IN : welcome the present moment.
Breathing OUT: make space to receive the blessings of the precious time you are spending with yourself, NOW.
Love people around you but remember to save some love for yourself.
Embrace your best-self.
Reawakening your body from this Self-respect meditation.
If you were lying down, I invite you to come into a seated position.
We will practice the Bhumisparsha mudra – it translates as “touch the earth”. The right hand touches the Earth. The palm of the left hand is receptive to energy as it faces up.
We will share the Mantra Om Namah Shivaya which is translated as “I bow to the inner self.”
- OM = the infinite vibration of All that Is
- Namah = to bow
- Shivaya = both Shiva (the God of destruction), and beyond, the inner self.
The Om Namah Shivaya mantra is a love song to yourself.
Repeating or chanting Om Namah Shivaya three times.
Feel free to stay here a little longer if you wish.
When you are ready, at your own paste, coming back to physical sensations.
Moving toes and fingers.
Making circles with writs and ankles.
When you are ready, going back to your daily life.
Remember that you can always come back to this state of relaxation
Remember that Self-respect is the backbone of a healthy connection with oneself.