(This picture was taken right after they were done, which is why they look so swollen!)
I got two new tattoos last night, and I love them so much. <3
Yoga, most literally, saved my life. I was in such a dark place. I was ready to kill myself. I thought I was all alone in the world, and that I didn’t deserve to live. My family had finally had the last straw, and told me that I needed to do something about where my life was headed. I thought that ending it all was the only solution.
I was in my yoga class at school, and we were doing heart chakra opening exercises, and I was remembering how I used to be: happy, optimistic, hopeful, spiritually active, etc, and I started begging for the Goddess to return to me, and suddenly I was filled from head to toe with love. It was then that I realized all I had to do was ask, and She was there again. Suddenly, I was me again. It was really that simple. I began to cry, tears of joy, and I was lifted from my darkness. (I realize that sounds cheesy, but it’s true.) And now I’m finally back on the path of healing, love and light.
So what does this have to do with my new tattoos? Well at the end of every yoga session, we all bow our heads, go into the prayer pose and say “Namaste.” Namaste is a greeting, but it is so much more than that. It stems from the belief that there is a “Divine Spark” within each and everyone of us, located at the heart charkra. Bringing the hands together at the heart chakra is meant to increase the flow of Divine Love. It is also meant as a recognition of this Divine Spark in another person, or in yourself. It’s like acknowledging and connecting to the existence of another living being, or to yourself, and that’s ultimately what I intend to do. I cherish my existence, and that’s not going to change, no matter how dark the times get.
These tattoos are the physical manifestation of this transformation within myself, and now every time I enact “Namaste,” I’ll be reminded of the beautiful journey that is my Life.