I was at the playground this weekend with a very wise mommy friend of mine when she said this:
Wise Mommy Friend: You know what one of your feel good tips should be?
Wise Mommy Friend: Stand up straight! I find myself hunched over all the time. Hunching over the stroller, sitting hunched over, always leaning, and when I consciously stand up straight … I immediately start to feel better (in every way).
Me: Hm … interesting. (Picture wheels turning in my head, round and round.)
This got me thinking:
What does it mean to be hunched over? What does it mean physically, mentally, and spiritually?
What message do I send myself—and the world—when I hunch over?
It occurred to me that hunching over keeps you small. When we hunch, we curve and cave, lessen and minimize. We play smaller and less than we actually are.
Hunching over prevents you from showing up as your strongest self. We become tight and tense.
It restricts, inhibits, and confines. Hunching covers your heart and blocks your fullest expression of love.
When we hunch over are we telling the world that we are afraid or full of self-doubt? Are we afraid of being the biggest version of ourselves?
By hunching over, we dismiss how powerful, magnificent and great we really are. Why would we choose to limit ourselves this way?
So today, breathe deeply into the fullness of your lower belly and straighten up!
Straighten up and feel your muscles engage,
Straighten up, feel your breath gain quality, and deepen in places you had been unable to reach.
Straighten up, feel taller, bigger, more confident, and capable, and rooted into your whole self.
Straighten up today and play in the world as the biggest, boldest, greatest version of you!
With REAL Beauty
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. —Maryanne Williamson