Overcoming Resistance…After Six Years
- July 6th, 2018
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So, yes, after six years, Abbey and I finally decided to get serious about social media.
Six years seems like a ridiculously long span of time to resist something, but it’s par for the course given that it took me five years to get over my resistance to the Headstand.
What got in the way—as always—was a conversation I had in my head that “I’m just not good at this” (does that line sound familiar???).
While I’m not ashamed about still having self-limiting beliefs, I do find it embarrassing that I failed to apply something that I’ve always taught my yoga students, which is that:
“Victories in yoga practice are miniscule. Day after patient day, we find that we can lift our hearts in our back bends just a few millimeters higher, hold our standing balances just a few seconds longer and lower into our forward fold just a few degrees deeper. Yoga isn’t about achieving victory—it’s about cultivating a sense of the victorious in our everyday.”
Just like how I progressed in yoga, my recent explorations into social media have been slow and painstaking. The victories have been “miniscule” too: learning how to use hashtags, finding out where to copy and paste emojis, discovering how to create an Instagram story, and so on and so forth. Along the way, good friends of mine and fellow yoga teachers who’ve been aware of my aversion to social media have expressed both their shock (“Oh. My. God. You know how to comment on IG???”) and their approval.
And just like in yoga, no matter how miniscule the victories have been, they’ve been leading slowly and steadily towards a sense of accomplishment, competence and pride.
Now, for those of you who are wondering why I’m even getting into all this, the answer is: Because the social media space is where my tribe lives. And after six years, it’s high time to join the tribe.
Having said that though, I would appreciate any advice and suggestions you could all send my way—all you need to do is to comment below—because even if I’m a millennial in the demographic sense of the word, I’m far from being a digital native.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
Feeling victorious already,
P.S. For those of you who haven’t met me yet, I founded White Space Wellness with Teacher Abbey. In the photo above, that’s me on the right, haha.