Last year I wrote a letter to myself. It was personal, something I did for me, to me, from me. It is full of truths I have always known deep down inside me, but that I often forget and need to be reminded of. In the first class I taught during my yoga teacher training, I felt inspired to share this letter during savasana. I had fallen in love with every being laying down in my class, and saw them each as a mirror of myself. I understood in that moment that this letter was not solely for me, but for everyone. So I’ve decided to continue to share it:
The most important choice you will ever make is whether you live in a hostile world, or a loving world. Please choose wisely, as this decision will be the mirror of your life. You will also be faced with a choice of which pain you decide to experience: the pain of staying the same, or the pain of growth. At this crossroad of life, whatever path you choose, choose the one that leads toward a place where you can be you, free of conditions.
It is likely that you will surrender to a lot of things that are not worthy of you. I wish that instead you would surrender to your radiance, your integrity, and your beautiful human grace. In these moments of unworthy surrender, the Universe may bring you to your knees, not to punish you, but to help you rise in the right direction. Know that your fears and insecurities are only as real as you believe them to be. The Truth is that you are unlimited and free, and free spirits have to soar. Not everyone will understand this about you, but embrace it anyway. Be uninhibited; belong to no one but the Earth. You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, so keep close to Nature’s heart, and let it wash your spirit clean. Let your soul be touched the soul of the Universe.
People will try to give you rules, but live by only one: be your wild, courageous, brilliant self every single day, no matter what. May you never fail to express all the wild and wondrous things you are. Be gentle with yourself as you ride the energy of your own unique spirit. Regardless of how much it might hurt right now, I promise that this too is a blessing. Thank the Universe everyday for everything It has given you, and everything It has taken away, for both are absolutely perfect. Whatever comes, let it come. Whatever stays, let it stay. Whatever goes, let it go. Life is meant to be lived, not controlled.
You will be adored by many, but you will only truly connect with very few. That is O.K. It is true that some people in our world really are magic. But know that just because someone seems perfect, does not mean that they are meant to connect with your highest self. You can experience people, and allow them to experience you, and let that be enough. There is so much to gain from just that alone. But more importantly, when your path does cross with the people who manage to carve a place into your heart, make that place theirs. Fly their flag, speak their language, and honor them with festive parades forever. Choose to surround yourself with happy people that believe in magic and magical people that believe in happy. It is always a choice.
The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship you will ever experience, however, is the one you have with yourself. This is because other people do not have to change in order for you to be happy. You can learn to be your own healer. In fact, I encourage you to re-examine all that you have been told, and dismiss that which insults your soul. You have the right at any time to break free of all that no longer serves you, so that you may live your Truth. I promise you that if you are not laughing, it is not worth it.
I hope that you will live free, have experiences, and get out in the world and let stories happen to you. Your wanderlust spirit will drive you to travel often, so wherever you go, arrive there prepared to be yourself and only yourself. Your health, sense of self, and talents are your greatest assets – cherish them and bring them with you. And remember that the only things worth staying close to are those that make you feel alive.
This includes the relationships in your life. Love in such a way that the person you love feels free, and accept nothing less than that in return. Never run after someone else. Choose you. Pick you. Chase you. Do not cater to the needs of others if you must sacrifice your souls infinite nature in the process. If you accomplish only one thing in this life, let it be to shine your own unique light. Glow. Under no circumstances should you dim your light because it is shining in someone else’s eyes. This light is the essence of your being. Honor it always. Nothing – no words, hatred, prejudice, abuse – nothing hurts more than losing the rawness and authenticity of your spirit. Know that those who serve your highest purpose want to stand in the rays of your radiance. This inner light will not only guide you, but will also brighten the world.
The sun, moon, stars, water, air, laughter, words, love… you do not have to purchase these with money. Fall in love with less things in life, and more of life itself. Flowers in your hair will always make you feel more beautiful than diamonds around your neck. You are going to make everything around you magical – that will be your life. So live exactly as you wish to live. Kiss the Earth with your bare feet, and know that precious miracles and moments of bliss await you. Be where you are.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu!