Lies My Mother Told Me

Little boys make fun of you because they like you. It takes pain to be beautiful. If you sit too close to the TV, you'll go blind. And, my personal favorite... you're not hungry, you're just tired.

We all hear things like this from our parents. They say whatever they need to say to make you happy. So you'll stop crying, or whining, or throwing a tantrum in the Barbie doll aisle at Target. Little white lies we've all heard a million times.

Embarrassingly enough, it wasn't until I was well into my twenties that I came to realize that our brains don't actually mix up hungry and tired. This was one of those genius little lies that my mother told me when she wanted me to go to sleep and I was begging for a snack. And it worked every time.

As we get older we start telling ourselves a whole new set of lies. If I make more money, I'll be happier. If I lose a few pounds, I'll feel better about myself. If I pretend to like sports, that guy I'm interested in will ask me out. We start changing who we are to fit into the mold of what other people want. We stop being our true selves, and that is the greatest lie of all.

Yoga teaches us that we are already perfect just the way we are. We don't need to have anything else, or be anyone else. We already have within us everything we need to become the best versions of ourselves. We just have to get out of our own way. Our time on the mat reminds us to breathe, to honor ourselves, to let things be as they are, and to tap into the blissful truth and happiness within.

So, forget all the lies your parents told you. Forget the crazy ideas you put into your own head that have prevented you from being who you really are. Stop making excuses and start taking action. Learn how to find peace in the uncomfortable. Learn when to say when, and when to push ahead. Know your limits, but don't be afraid to try something new. Be honest with yourself. You're not tired; you actually are hungry; so eat.

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