Ever feel low in confidence or sad? I have been reminded lately of unhelpful habits that erode my sense of self-esteem and make me feel down. Destructive habits like......
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My daughter Alice, recently did an assignment in her architecture course which interestingly reminds me to be mindful of criticism of others, self criticism and setting unrealistic expectations.
As I remember it, she had lecturer in this design subject who had an interest in yoga. The assignment involved designing a space which facilitated feelings of peace and connection. Her lecturer related the assignment to yoga by setting up the room with different areas related to the chakras or energy centres. Each area represented a different energy centre with its corresponding symbol and colour. The students were asked to go and stand where they were attracted to. Most of the students were somewhat perplexed by the lecturers approach, although Alice recalled some exposure to such things by her somewhat wacky mother. Alice was drawn to the heart chakra, with the energy of love, connection and the truth of interdependence. She rang me asking for some help. Wow I never thought my yoga knowledge would come in useful in a design subject!
The first part of the assignment involved making a collage to represent some of the obstacles to experiencing the energy at the heart chakra, the energy of love and connection. Her collage is shown above.
When I discussed the collage with Alice, she explained to me the pointing fingers represented self criticism, and criticism from and to others. She said this criticism caused feelings of disconnection, unloved, alone and separation. So true and such a clear visual representation and reminder.
I thought I was being clever when I chipped in with 'and those birds must represent freedom!' 'Oh no' she said 'those birds are high expectation birds, they need to be flying lower'.
So Alice and I often share a joke about watching out for pointing critical fingers and bringing those high expectation birds to fly a little lower. We also remind each other that we don't need to compare ourselves as better or worse than anyone else. Thank you Alice for such great reminders. And Happy 21st Birthday! What a wonderful first day of Spring gift you are.
Have a great fortnight! Gratitude, Kind Regards and Best Wishes,
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