I’m Breaking Up With…Myself. ~ Becca Pati

Via Becca Pation Oct 18, 2013

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The Routine

As I write this, I’m relaxing on my beautiful overly worn wooden deck outside my simple but functional hut on the Island of Gili Air, Indonesia. I am here because I chose to be part of a wonderfully ambitious group of people from around the world who have a desire to advance their yoga studies.

Over this past year, I have searched relentlessly to find a program that would work with my schedule, but more importantly was at a remote destination, so I could have some distance from my life back home.

Don’t misunderstand me—I love what I do—but when deciding where to take my RYT-500 (yoga certification) it was more about getting away from it all and taking a break from my regular routine: wake up; eat breakfast; teach yoga classes; give therapeutic massages; consume lunch; back to work; home late; then sleep.

The next morning—alarm goes off, eyes pop open and it begins again.

The Realization

The road to these little Islands was paved with a total of 30 hours flying time, a 1.5 hour taxi ride to the small beach town of Padang Bai, Bali and then a two hour fast boat excursion over to the Gili’s which are part of Lombok. The journey was like being ship wrecked I was tossed about in the ocean of planes, airports and fast moving cars… clinging onto what sanity I had until I washed up on shore—tired, sweaty and exhausted.

The only saving grace was that I was accompanied by my husband and his friend who were an unbelievable source of motivation and conversation when we were sleepless, hungry and caffeine free.

Without their companionship, Hurricane Becca was sure to make landfall.

I have been here for seven days and have another 21 to go. A few travelers at my hotel have inquired, “Could you have done this yoga program closer to home?” As I pause for a beat to think about what answer is easiest, I say slowly, “Yes, but look around you.” I don’t feel the need to get into the complexity of the answer, as most backpackers eyes would glaze over if I droned on about how this trip is less about traveling to this quiet, quaint Island and learning advance yoga and more about getting some distance from the one person that is the closest to me.

I have chosen to create a chasm of space between me and this other individual who is a source of my irritation, anger and overall confusion.

Yup that’s right… I’m breaking up with me.

The Break Up

My brain is busy, creative and excitable. Most days this doesn’t present a problem, except when I start getting wound up from over thinking and analyzing. Along my yogic path towards inner peace, I have spent a lot of time reading and understanding that I am the type of mind personality that tends towards a constant state of processing.

Sometimes, when it gets really distracting, I say to myself, “C’mon Becca! Calm the f*ck down. “

If you don’t suffer with this kind of mind set, you might not fully understand how absolutely annoying it can be. No matter what day, what I’m doing or where I’m going, I am always in a state of high brain activity. However, this does not mean that I am always productive or efficient. A lot of times I’m in my lower mind of worry, fear and anxiety. It’s wearing me out and it’s time for a change.

I need to separate myself from this way of thinking and move onto a higher vibration of love, trust and surrender.

So I’m here to leave her in Indonesia. She can get into all kinds of trouble here and so I think she’ll be just fine. I’d like to start fresh in a way that only being far from my comforts at home will allow. I still am in love with all of aspects me, but I’d like to leave with a more calm, relaxed and joyous version of me. I’m not going to abandon her… just slowly slip away and she will never know that I have left the Island.

Confused yet? Me too!

My negative mind is like being in a bad relationship that you know is not good for you, but the effort it takes to move on is daunting. Where do you begin and what do you do once you are on your own?

Moving Towards Authenticity

What I do know is that I am not that mindset. Who I truly am is beyond the turmoil and drama. The concept of completely identifying with this thing I perceive as being me would cause me to find a bottle and keep guzzling till I was numb. So clearly, that is not the answer. Part of the strategy for moving past all my constant fluctuations of the mind is to slowly make the break in stages. I am not an all or nothing kinda gal and so I understand the need to connect with parts of the mind that enable me to be productive and healthy.

I know that I need to use my thoughts to create and inspire. However, I do not need to continuously associate with them. I would prefer to live with the me that does not attach to the emotions of stress, impatience and judgment.

Instead I can use this knowledge of self to search within to find that which is real and authentic.

Not the Ending but the Beginning

I already feel lighter. I feel like the weight of the world is slowly moving off my shoulders and slipping into the abyss. I am breathing, full of hope and contentment.

I am choosing to make a break from that which is not serving me and moving to a space where I can laugh at myself, feel and release emotions and consciously uncover the beautiful me.

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Asst. Editor: Edith Lazenby/Ed: Bryonie Wise

About Becca Pati

Becca Pati is not only a devoted student of yoga, but also a dedicated teacher. She enjoys finding unique ways to encourage her students to explore and uncover their truths – to live in a place of authenticity. Her classes are motivating, flowing with energy and dynamic. In her spare time, she loves to create through her writing and is passionate about traveling to exotic locations. Whatever she is doing, it is with the intention of living her life to the fullest! Check out her website and follow her on YouTube. 

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14 Responses to “I’m Breaking Up With…Myself. ~ Becca Pati”

  1. Joannne Graham says:

    Thank you Becca !! You were speaking to me when I needed to hear this most. I need to break up with myself too but not sure where I will do it. I need to start witihn my own space, so will take that step today !

    • Becca says:

      I think we all can resonate with a little need for space from ourselves. This was a prefect place to drop her off and walk away! Miss you and see you soon ;)

  2. Adele says:

    H could you share the venue /yoga centre where you took your 500hours
    Thanks!

    • Becca says:

      You bet! It is with Zuna Yoga (www.zunayoga.com). Everett and Katherine are the facilitators. They are very much into advancing and broadening your pranayama and meditation understanding. I have a strong vinyasa background, so it was a perfect compliment to what I already do… I felt I was missing the bigger picture about yoga and they have helped fill me in! Check them out ;)

  3. Erin E says:

    Becca, I was intrigued by your article since I too, have come to realize I need to break up with the negative, anxious parts of myself. Honestly though, I don't know where to begin. I have lost my way, am unsure of my path and have much fear about putting myself out there again. I feel light years away from where you are.. I am overweight, out of shape, and very introverted. Yoga scares the hell out of me. I feel drawn and want to try it but I have no idea where to begin. The thought of taking a class and trying to do poses in front of a lot of people is terrifying. And I live in a small town in Wyoming so although there are some options, all I see are fit, health-nut hipsters engaging in yoga and I feel intimidated. Money is also a huge factor, since I lost my job and now work for minimum wage. Any suggestions??

    • Becca says:

      Hello Erin, I hear ya… this is not an easy process. In fact, the more I wanted to distance myself from parts of me that are filled with negativity, the more these characteristics reared their ugly head. I would say that yoga is an internal journey… it's about finding a connection to the most authentic you. If you are intimidated, try taking one on one classes with a yoga teacher that you feel would be the right fit for you. Have a talk with one or two in your town and see if it can work. Some Studios offer payment plans. Do not let things like weight, cost or negative view of self, be a barrier in determining how much you deserve to feel good about yourself. You are just as important and beautiful as all those "hipster yogis!" Anther option is to search on YouTube: gentle yoga, yin yoga, or yoga for beginner's and try it out in your home first. You can start with the basic yoga postures and then work your way to developing better breathing habits, thoughts and affirmations that support what your goals are. You can do this. Yoga is the door, but you have to unlock it and walk through. Have a great day, I'll be thinking of you.

  4. very beautiful:) thanks for sharing:)

  5. mayte1 says:

    Wow, thank you, I needed this article and never thought of my mind this way! I am doing a teacher training course at the moment so intense & undergoing some much needed transformation but your article cut through to how was I feeling.

    • Becca says:

      Teacher training can be very intense, so good for you! Transformation is difficult, but if it's challenging it creates change – so you're on the right track!

  6. Haridian Glez says:

    Becca,

    The tittle of this beautiful story made me want to read it right away! I broke up with my almost 7 years boyfriend and I ran to somedy’s arms 2 days later. Now I regret what I do, there’s no turning back and I wonder how could just break free from myself. My thoughts, my feelings, my guilty self.

    • Becca Pati says:

      The biggest concern here, is to make sure that you are in a healthy relationship not just with yourself but with another person. If you feel that you have rushed into the arms of another person, then please please take some time and check in with what YOU really need – it might be to get away and be on your own or it might be good to stay. In order for us to break up with ourselves, we can't run from the darkest parts, instead we embrace them and understand where we need change and go from there. This break up is not running, but deciding to make changes and live more consciously. Living with guilt is no way to live… I believe you are strong and will make the best choices for you! Good luck!

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