How you know for sure that you are in fact, a human

You are probably not this unicorn...but if you are, email me!

Are you questioning your humanity?  Perhaps someone else’s is in question?  Well, folks, I have completed a quick check list for these OMG moments.  I hope that it will prove to be a quick go-to guide if you (and everyone you know) is unsure of what it means to be human.

Here it goes:

You know you’re human if…

1)  you’ve ever found yourself completely absorbed with yourself.  Think of having a conversation with somebody and just waiting for your turn to talk.  

2)  you’ve been totally selfless.  If you have given something (time, effort, money, etc) for the pure fact of giving and not based on what you will receive.

3)  you’ve overreacted in some way.  For instance, crying over that cancer commercial that plays the song, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  (Ok,  you might also be menstruating…but that just further proves your humanness!  oh…and guys, you menstruate too, so don’t think this doesn’t apply).  Or, blowing up at somebody for something trivial, like arriving a little late or forgetting to take the turkey out of the oven.   

4) you’ve underreacted.  Like…remember the time so-and-so really did you wrong and you pretended like it was no big deal?  Like your feelings weren’t hurt and the person can go ahead and do it again for all YOU care.

5)  you’ve successfully reacted to a situation.  You were not ashamed of how you communicated your thoughts and/or feelings about something. And, your decision honored You as a person.  (Yesss!!! it feels good to be a human today!) 

6)  you knew what you were doing was wrong…but went ahead and did it anyway.  (Well, at least you can be proud that you are someone who follows through on something.)  Think of running a red light, or going back to that same-old unsuccessful, bitterly hurtful relationship, or judging negatively on another girl simply because you think someone else thinks she’s prettier than you.  (umm…this didn’t happen to me, but a friend of mine…in fact, I think she was like my 3rd cousin twice removed or something.  I’ll double-check with my mom and get back to you on that.)

7)  you did the right thing!  Yay!!  It can be done!  I swear it.  On my life…well, on my 3rd cousin’s twice removed life anyway.)

8)  are you cycling between all of these things?  Meaning sometimes and with some people you are nice and friendly, other times self-consumed and unfriendly? 

Well, I’m here to tell you that don’t worry!  You are NOT some sort of psychopath, greedy, animalistic, asshole, god of all things high and mighty unicorn.  You are, in fact, a real human being!  Have no fear. 

(Well, try not to anyways)

Questions I like to ask myself everyday

Hello!  And welcome to this installment of my blog–where I will give you a list of questions that I like to ask myself (hence the title, duh!) and maybe…just maybe explain why this is useful for me.

Plus, I love making lists incase you couldn’t tell by several other entries.

So here it goes:

1)  Do I like you…and if so why?  (or the opposite, if No, then why not?)

This is a valuable question because it allows me to assess a couple different things.  First off, I get to take a look at if I like you.  Then, I get to explore why…do you make me feel good? Do you feed some sort of dependency issue I might have? Do you have traits that I wish I had?  The possibilities are endless.  If I like you for valid reasons, I will probably keep hanging out with you.  If I like you for invalid reasons, I will ALSO probably keep hanging out with you…(until I am strong enough and ready to decide otherwise).  If I don’t like you for invalid reasons, that actually sheds light onto a darkness that I might get to work on! 

2)  Why did I just do that?Maybe this diagram helps you get the analogy better.

Another great question that can provide insight into my motivations…however, it can be an extremely difficult question to answer.  But only because there are many motivations…and several tend to be on a more subconscious level.  (Think of the tip of the iceberg analogy)  This one is good to go back to again and again for the same action.

3)  Why did YOU just do that?

This question can serve two purposes.  One, is to practice the correct assessment of another human being.  (Is this normal for your character??)  Also, the answer given can possibly be the answer to question number 2.  I mean, if I guess why you might do something…the answer I come up with might actually be why I might have done that thing that you just did.  (ooh!  Psychology, Love it!)

4)  What the f***??

Other ways this question could be asked:  Seriously?  No joke?  Are you kidding me?  WTF? 

This seems like a really basic question:  We don’t have to get all deep…but really, what the f***?  I need clarification on the physical events that just took place, then, once I’ve mentally grasped that, then I can go a little deeper if I choose.

5)  Do you understand what I’m trying to say?  Please repeat back what you think I just said to you.

Ahhhh…yesssss!  One of my personal favorites!  (Surprising, I know…it contains no profanity)  But, If I desire to communicate, I want to make sure that whomever I converse with is understanding my meaning.  Know what I mean?  I’m sure every one of us has been in a situation that has spiraled out of control because of a miscommunication somewhere along the line. 

I think he's saying, "How can I get him to understand what I'm talking about?!"

6)  Wait, what did you just say?

(The sister question of number 5)  Not only do I want my point to be understood, but I also want to understand what others are trying to say to me.  This could make for a fantastic conversation…and then it could further develop into a fantastic friendship, who knows?

and that leads to my final question:

7)  No, seriously.  Who really does know?

Because I sure don’t.  And, I would really like to know.  This is helpful in almost every aspect of life; don’t know how to do something?  or where something is? or how to get help?

Wow…this list could go on.   But, These are definitely my favorite ones to ask.  They have helped me to do such things as the following:  introspection, transformation, take responsibility for my actions, and find a little more peace and happiness.

I finally figured out how and why I want to teach yoga.

What do you think...is he or isn't he making a personal connection with himself through yoga?

I am learning many, many things on my “journey” to be a yoga teacher.  When I finally decided to take the training, I told my sister first.  It made sense because she was already a yoga teacher.  She asked me, “Julie, why do you want to teach yoga instead of finishing up college?”  And I did what any other regular human would do…

I lied.  Well, sort of.

I stated that I had grown so much as a person through yoga, and that I wanted to help others do the same.  (I just wanted this to be the truth.)

What I really should’ve said, is this:

School isn’t working out for me, and…I want to believe that yoga has helped me transform into a better person–I hear it can be done…maybe if I teach it, that would speed up the process?  Plus, isn’t it SO AWESOME to be a teacher?  It is very glamorous: people love you and look up to you!

Here is the truth now:  I really do believe yoga can help to improve–kind of.  I think whatever you put into the practice is what you’ll get out of it.  I want to help people find that meaningful connection; to use the practice effectively for personal growth.  Yoga hasn’t transformed me…in fact, I’ve only recently been able to use the practice for my own growth since I’ve started therapy.  Through counseling, I’ve figured out what yogis mean when they say, “Turn your gaze inward, that’s where the answers are…not outside of us.” 

I mean, when I would turn my gaze “inward” I really was in my own head…only I was judging and comparing myself to others or to what I thought I should be doing.  And that pattern of thinking isn’t helping me out any…I was  just doing what I ALWAYS did, but this time it was on my yoga mat inside a studio. 

So, now that I’ve been gazing inward effectively, here is something I’ve discovered:  I really do want to facilitate others find their OWN connection through yoga. 

With this realization…a couple others follow naturally.

One, is the understanding that with wanting to help people find their own connection working at a studio severely limits the type of people I can reach.  So, it is now less important for me to teach at a studio.  I can reach a more diverse crowd of people through other means…like people who are too intimidated to enter the studio because it seems so serious and spiritual and they have no idea what they’re doing.  (And rightfully so.  I’m pretty sure I covered this aspect of a studio in my previous entry, “Namas-uck-my-dick-te.”)

Two, is that although teaching at a studio is less important, I still want to do it.  Yes, I will jump through their hoops…(which sometimes seem never ending), only I will do it on my own time now.  Stay tuned, because this part will make for a fascinatingly entertaining blog on its own…(as it is filled with DRAMA!  EGO!  REALLY BAD JOKES!  and OTHER THINGS THAT MAKE  YOU GO “GAASSSPP!”) 

So, I hope to see you all around…especially when I’m teaching!

…or as the wonderful site stats on this blog.  I can tell how many people a day read this stuff! 

Thank you.  And namasuckmydickte!  (biiiiiiitch)  I’m talking about the dog.