The last couple of classes I have been making peace with my yoga. No more expectations, just letting the yoga roll with whatever it is for that class. It feels so much better this way. I am still experiencing some pain, some opening in those stiff places of my body, yet it is so much easier, smoother to deal with that on a class by class by posture by posture basis, instead of heaping all of my past practice on to today.
It’s amazing what a simple shift in focus, in attitude , towards the positive can accomplish. You hear it all around in various forms:
- power of positive thinking
- law of attraction
- the “secret”
- creating reality
It is equally amazing how easy it is to get mired in what you don’t want. Call it the power of negative thinking – or as the law of attraction says “you get what you focus on”. It can be very, very easy to skip merrily down the path of negativity without even realizing how far down you have gone. Until you start paying attention. Until you catch yourself thinking things. Until you see how a thought has turned into an action and further into a state of being.
Sometimes it can take awhile to see, really see it happening. And then you wake up.
This is one thing I love about the yoga in general and this challenge in particular. It is causing me to look, listen and learn – about myself. Where I am coming from, what I am doing and what I may need to change. To wake up.
I became mired in a downturn a little over a year ago and saw only the tough things in my way…all the obstacles to climb over, around, through and they all continued to be there, no matter how much I climbed.
I knew I needed the challenge, much in the same way I knew I needed the yoga 6 years ago when I signed on for a year after my very first class. I thought the challenge would give me back my regular practice. And it is. My regular practice and so much more. Hope and perhaps that goofy yoga grin.
And peace. I can feel the peace returning. The obstacles are starting to crack, to melt away.
Don’t let anyone steal your peace.