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It’s Not OK!

 

Many of you who follow my posts know that I advocate to use yoga to stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit. I use yoga Asana (the physical part), along with Pranayama (the breathing part), as well as the introspection of Svadhyaya, to promote spiritual health. What I have been remiss in writing about is acknowledgement and that's not OK.

To acknowledge a hurt and a dissapointment, even privately, is frowned upon.  Children are told, "Don't be a baby"; teens are told, "Grow up"; and adults are told to "Handle it",  or "Be a team player".  Acknowledgement is not advocated until it becomes out of control.

It's not OK to bury resentment and disappointment. It's not OK to let someone or something control you. It's not OK to be mistreated, maligned, and managed. It's not OK to say you're fine when you're not.

It's not OK to bury resentment and disappointment. It's not OK to let someone or something control you. It's not OK to be mistreated, maligned, and managed. It's not OK to say you're fine when you're not. Click To Tweet

I applaud the women and men who are part of the #metoo movement that is now coming to light. They have shown courage in making their stories so public and I hope the media attention will help them feel vindicated and released from their burden. But what of the people who carry a hurt every day and have no outlet to express it? To those people I say give yourself permission to acknowledge. Write it down, say it out loud, tweet or text it if you want. You have the right to be heard and acknowledged. Not everyone will see it your way, and you might not get the sincere, contrite reaction you are expecting, but just the act of acknowledgement will help you towards the road to healing.

I acknowledge the people and institutions who were unkind and dismissive to me.

I acknowledge the clients and potential employers who did not hire me.

I acknowledge that my body is not 20 anymore.

I acknowledge that there are things out of my control.

What do you acknowledge?