I don’t know about you but I have found that I instinctively avoid things that humble me. Things that I know that I am not good at or will look silly doing. I just really don’t want to do or try.
Like running, I’m top heavy (big chested) so I really don’t like running. Well that’s not true. I love watching people run, or anything run for that matter horses, dogs, bugs when they are running out of my sight, my cat, my kids (I know my kids are people, but they run around me a lot!!!) just don’t ask me to run… I am likely to fall on my face.I don’t like being humbled by my own body. Not a good thing for a Yoga Teacher, there is always room for growth.
Accepting my bodies limitations is different from being actually humbled. Like many things, humility can be taught one step at a time. Here are a some Non Bendy Yoga things that I try to do to become more adept at being humble.
-Admit when I mess up. No one likes to accept their own mistakes, but doing so builds character and sets a good example for others. I willingly try to admit to the little mistakes with minor consequences and most of the big ones too. Especially with my kids, when I say to them your right I did forget to sign the permission slip or another one of my many parenting faux-pas. They and I know that being a Yoga Mamma does not mean that Mamma is all Om or Namaste. This I hope will help to prepare all of us for the big mess-ups, which do inevitably happen.
-Learn from those around me, there will always be people who are better than us in certain ways. (Runners) Don’t envy or resent them, I try learn from them.
-Help others. The best way to become humble is by being humbled. By serving or teaching others, we send the message that their needs are more important than our own.
I suggest that if you wish to make lasting change, slowly add humble actions into your everyday life. The best way to make permanent change is to make humble behavior a habit.