Why Are You Still Afraid of Being Your Badass Self?

Via elephant journal
on Feb 20, 2012
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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful

beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. 

We ask ourselves,

who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?…

 Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened

about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you….






   It’s not just


    in some of us,


    it’s in everyone.




And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

             ~ Marianne Williamson

Main Model/Yogi: Dice Iida-Klein.
Closing Image/Model: Jennifer Pastiloff 

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Editor: Kate Bartolotta


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17 Responses to “Why Are You Still Afraid of Being Your Badass Self?”

  1. Love this Robert–made my day. Posted to the Facebook Main Page as well as our new Tumblr.

  2. ManifestYogaJen says:

    love this and you

  3. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Love you, Robert. You touch our hearts. Thank you angel.

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

    Tanya Lee Markul, Yoga Editor
    Like Elephant Yoga on Facebook
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  4. Andréa Balt says:

    Spectacular from every angle.

    elephant culture digs Robert Sturman.

    (Andrea digs him too.)

  5. melissa says:

    one of my fav quotes from MW. thank you-

    Melissa fellow EJ Contributor, @melissayoga http://www.elephantjournal.com/author/melissa-smi

  6. Robert says:

    Thank you so much for all of your support. I love that you love this piece! I published it so quickly after the shoot – the camera was still smokin.'

  7. Jess Wallin says:

    I love this! One of my favorite quotes of all time. Thank you!

  8. Charlotte says:

    Beauuuuutiful images and a quote that truly hits home today. Thanks for this. So very much 🙂

  9. Erin says:

    Beautiful. Exactly what was needed. Thank you.

  10. Thomas Shoen says:


  11. Mary Lou Thomas says:

    you are an amazing artist, Robert!!

  12. inga troutman says:

    thank you for this— i thought of it ever since .beautiful!