These are a few repetitive words that I am seeing and hearing this past year. I have always believed that everything we think and feel is energy. We send this messages out into the Universe and it creates the world we live in. What we forget is those same intentions come back and affect us directly as well. What is it you are trying to create more of? Do your thoughts and feelings align with what you want or what you do not want? Remember, you get more of what you focus on.
There are two different sides to my town. We purposely moved to the east side. I grew up a country girl and this side made me feel right at home. They are looking to put a new neighborhood in and several of my neighbors are signing a petition to stop it. I just don’t get it. There is so much space here and there isn’t a single part of me that feels I need to hoard it. Is one neighborhood going to make that much of a difference? I see it differently, sure there will be a bit more traffic but I love it over here and feel excited to share this space with a new group of people. I think we forget that land really isn’t ours to claim. We just have this intense need to control everyone and everything around us.
I have really dedicated my time to enhancing the positive. Once I changed my thoughts, I really did change my life. I am happy now and I don’t have to search for a place of peace. It is my inner calm, my new norm and instead of feeling angry, I feel excited and hopeful for what the future will bring. I have intentionally started to use words with a more positive message and I have watched how that has affected the way I think and feel. There are some things we can control and maybe we need to focus more on our own lives and spend less time meddling in others. Just a few of my thoughts this Saturday morning. Ask yourself one simple question…you only have so much time, is this really what you want to use it on?
Surrender and soften. That was the underlying theme in yoga today. I couldn’t help but think how opposite that is of what is going on in the world outside of that yoga door. Maybe that is why I crave it so much. Perhaps that is why I am pulled to be there everyday. Maybe that is the world I fit into, the one that feels right and safe with my soul. Yes, surrender and soften. We could all use more of that.
I don’t know why packing is so difficult for me. It’s always the only part of vacation I really dread. I wonder if it’s because I have an adversity to planning. I don’t want to decide what I’m going to wear three days from now. I don’t even like to plan what I am going to eat a meal from now. I am one of those “see how I feel in the moment” kind of girls. It’s amazing what you can learn about yourself if you pay attention to what comes easily and what you are most resistant too. I guess over the years I have learned that plans fall through. Most of all planning leads to an attachment to some kind of outcome and we all know things aren’t always the way we expect them to be. So, I packed a little of everything and worse case scenario? I buy something there that I’ve forgotten or decide I need. Either way, it’s finished. I’m done. The hard part is out the way and now I just have the trip ahead to start getting excited about. What part of going away is the hardest for you?
Every time I walk into a yoga class I learn something new. Today was no exception. Some things are clearly obvious but I believe we discover things when the time is right. Today we were stretching. I am not very flexible. I often dread it and struggle through it until it is time to lie back at the end of class and take that last few minutes to just relax. But today, when I reached that point that got uncomfortable, I breathed into the tightness, and somehow my muscles magically relaxed. The more I breathed and focused on the area, the more natural it became for me to go further and further.
The lesson is simple, fight the world and the world will fight you back. Resist and you will face more resistance. But choose to relax and breath and be in the moment, instead of struggling against it, and you will find greater flexibility and a deeper sense of peace. It seems simple I know, but I have spent several useless hours fighting my experiences and how has that worked out? I bet you can guess.
My new plan is to go out and embrace life, all of it, just as it is and accept each new day, experience and circumstance as it arrives. What you resist will persist. We’ve all heard that right? Go with the flow and events fall naturally into place. So throw away those boxing gloves and trade them in for a comfortable pair of yoga pants. I promise you won’t regret it.
Stop fighting and start living.