It's a universal fact that we all age. No matter what we do or how hard we try, we are all getting older. As I near 40, I was recently reminded of this fact when I had professional photographs taken for my yoga website. I've never thought myself as photogenic; however, the above photograph stunned me. If I had seen this picture of myself a few years ago, with all the wrinkles around my eyes, I would have cringed and never shown another soul. But I've noticed that the more I dedicate myself to yoga, the more I love myself with all my imperfections.
Now don't get me wrong, I still have days when I am critical about my body and my looks. I still haven't been able to give up dyeing my hair to cover the grays. But the more I shift my thoughts surrounding what it means to get older, I find the happier I am. With age comes wisdom, or so the saying goes. I know for myself, I have become more confident in who I am. I am less afraid to speak my truth. Again, I am not perfect. No one is. My journey of self-study and yoga has taught me that I am more than my thoughts. Conditioning, albeit from family, peers, or culture can cover our true essence. When we know and operate from our highest self, we know ourselves as love. We're an expression of love in action. It took me a long time to really love myself and consider myself worthy of love. Although I am still a work in progress, now when I see photos of myself with my wrinkles, I don't immediately cringe and negative self-talk. What is something that you love about yourself?