Yoga for Insecurity
Insecurity is defined as a lack of confidence or a state of uncertainty or anxiety about oneself. That sounds bad doesn’t it. In fact it sounds very bad. If I was feeling that way about myself, that sounds like a feeling that I would want to get rid of. The definition goes on to say that insecurity is lack of protection. That also sounds worrying. If I feel into that in my body it creates a growing sense of self-doubt, uncertainty and fear. Insecurity is also defined as the state of being open to danger or threat.
Our response to insecurity is to get rid of it or to establish security. That is, to do everything within our power to make our corner of the world more secure. The problem with this approach is that we continue to change our lives and paint ourselves into a corner until even the most trivial experiences in our life cause us an incredible amount of anxiety and stress. Trying to change and control our external environment is a recipe for more anxiety, stress and insecurity.
Insecurity is not a problem. We will all experience insecurity in our lives. We will all encounter circumstances in our lives that make us feel insecure. That is a normal part of being a human being. Our everyday existence is intrinsically insecure. We could lose our jobs, the stock market could crash, we could face a health crisis, our relationships could crumble, everything is temporary and transitional.
We continually try to find solid ground, but we can only rely on the groundless ground. Earth cannot be permanently fixed. It crumbles, slips, levels out and rises up into mountains. Nothing is certain except uncertainty. Change and dissolution continually undercut us and we take it personally, but it is not personal.
Insecurity is a normal part of our lives. Constant change is natural. Opening to impermanence can create some spaciousness around the fear and anxiety of insecurity. In other words, it is only possible to find security in accepting insecurity.
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Tiger Pose, Tadasana or Mountain Pose, Chair Pose or Utkatasana, Tree Pose or Vrkasana, Warrior One or Virabhadrasana One,Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Upward Facing Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Dying Warrior, Crocodile Pose
Props: yoga blocks
Thank you so much for your donations Viola from Italy, Donna from Kansas, Leah, Cornelia, Donna from Oklahoma,
If you want more support in opening to insecurity, each Monday we meet in our live classes in our membership community for guided meditations. I give a teaching talk and then lead a guided meditation. You have a chance to ask questions and receive support for your practice. This is an amazing part of our community and we would love to have you.