Self-leadership is founded on principles analogous to the wisdom recordings of Yogic sages. Yogic aspects to self-leadership encompass the skill of observation to the ability to manage oneself. Psychologist Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence) writes,
“Exceptional leaders distinguish themselves because of superior self-leadership.”
The inclusion of the word “Self” is a significant indicator and aligns with the main purpose of Yoga to unite (yoke/yuj) with our authentic/true Self. We each hold within us all the qualities needed for actuality and the development of self-awareness. Jay Earley, psychologist and author of of Self-Therapy explains:
“We all have a core part of us that is our true Self, our spiritual center. When our extreme parts are not activated and in the way, this is who we are. The Self is relaxed, open, and accepting of yourself and others. When you are in Self, you are grounded, centered, and non-reactive. You don’t get triggered by what people do. You remain calm and unruffled, even in difficult circumstances …”
When you are in Self, you come from a depth of compassion, enabling you to be loving and caring toward others as well as yourself and your parts. The Self is like the sun—it just shines.
Cultivating an aptitude of self-awareness puts you on the path of self-leadership and emotional intelligence. Every offering is akin to the ancient understanding of svādyāya, an opportunity to study for the sake of nurturing your connection to the uniqueness within and your path to self-understanding and fulfillment.
It is the beginning of being the person you were born to be!