I started planning a post about yoga mats but I just couldn’t get excited about it. Plus, I thought the attention span we bloggers fight for would fold tight like a fan during a hurricane.
But I have a valid question. What’s the best kind? How much is okay to spend?
I started researching Manduka ($40 – $120)
Jade ($54 – $120)
and Gaiam ($21.98 – $132 includes towel)
As usual my mind had to complicate the simple question and make it about something monumental.
Is it okay to spend money on non-essentials? (though, as a yoga teacher – I may argue that a nice mat IS essential)
Am I allowed to be a little extravagant sometimes?
have I earned it?
worked hard enough?
been good enough?
Will we have enough money to send our 3 children to college if I get something for myself?
Here they are at the University of Virginia – supporting Cavalier baseball. They’ll go to college somehow.
I think my neurosis comes from growing up in a family richly blessed with intangibles and not a bunch of money. So when I want a tangible I start to feel short-sighted and selfish. And downward I spiral.
Until I realize the simple answer to all of the questions above is: Yes.
So, my 45th birthday is coming up. I use July 18 every year as an excuse to get something for myself without the psychology and guilt. Yay, July 18!!
Here’s what I got for my birthday 10 years ago –
Sweet baby, Jane. Best. Gift. Ever.
If you have a sweet Manduka or a fabulous Jade or a great Gaiam – let me know. I want one, just don’t know which.
Is it terrible to want a thing? The answer to that is not, Yes.
BTW, I managed this away from a wall for the first time in 2 years:
Pincha Mayurasana, Source: True Flow Yoga
That is worth celebrating!
What are you celebrating this month?