If you feel stuck or stagnating, even slipping backward, consider this: You may be backing up to get a running start. –Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior
I do not believe in coincidences. I am convinced everything happens in the order it is meant to happen, in the time it is meant to happen, in the manner it is meant to happen. We may be kicking and screaming, resisting and pulling, but the winds will blow the sails exactly where our ship is meant to head.
I recently came across the cards I quote from above. They were hidden away in a drawer for 5 years. I had no idea what drew me to them at the time.
Fast forward four years. It was mid-summer. Our family had just arrived in Vancouver for our grand summer break, of carefree living –eating in all honesty. The soul always has a funny way of asserting itself. Especially when you are not really paying attention…or trying very hard to ignore it. Jet-lagged and still unpacked, I was immediately drawn to the latest diet craze embracing North America. While on the first day of our holiday. In the height of summer. In the land of sushi, muffins, bread, and heavenly ice cream. I quit dairy, wheat, sugar, peanuts, and legumes. And that wasn’t it. I began training for the Olympics (in my head of course –and winning gold medals). In fact, I was running long distances and practicing yoga everyday that the soles of my feet hurt so badly and even bled some days. This went on for 6 weeks. Until one morning, when I received an invitation that would change my life: to sign up for Sacred Activation Teacher Training. And I said yes. YES!! Despite all the reasons I should have said no. I said YES because at almost 43 years old at the time, I was finally ready. My soul prepped me well.
My daughters think it is funny their mom is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. And they are right. I have no clue. But what I know is that I love every minute of the ride I am on, terror and all. The ups and the not-so-ups. I love using inspirational quotes on my email signature. I take pictures of inspiring paragraphs from books. I get so emotionally involved in song lyrics, you will often catch me crying while listening to music or jumping out of my seat dancing –in the car of course. I do squats and hip circles constantly, especially in the queue at the supermarket.
You have at this moment everything you need to be at your healthiest, most peaceful, most prosperous self. You do not need to enrol in yoga teacher training to do so. (Although I highly recommend it.) I was taught never to offer advice unless I am invited. I am assuming that if you are still reading this, it may be an invitation of some sort.
Set an intention. Everyday. Move with purpose. And please think about a bird’s eye view of life. I use this example a lot in my yoga classes: instead of an intention to lose 15.7kgs in two months, set an intention to be healthy and well in two months. Wellness is lofty. It covers everything. It may be that wellness means you need to lose 16.3kgs. Who knows?
Listen to your heart. The messages it sends you are coming from your soul. Your mind is loud. The best way to calm it down is to breathe -deeply and mindfully. To quote from Way of the Peaceful Warrior, “The mind is like a phantom that lives only in the past or future. Its only power over you is to draw your attention out of the present.” Keep going back to your heart. Use your breath to ask your body how it is feeling. And respond accordingly. It only takes a few moments. Stop. Breathe. Listen.
Be disciplined. It is hard work to grow. Ask yourself this: am I happy where I am right now? (Remember, you are asking your heart. Not your mind. Be honest). If the answer is yes, then you are on the right path. Keep doing what you are doing. Share it with others. If the answer is no, then a change of course is needed. With change comes disruption and discomfort. It is called work. In other words discipline. And commitment. Every day. Because you are listening to your soul. In other words, your calling. You are living in Spirit. You are in flow.
P.S. I was given The Way of Peaceful Warrior this year after another round of intense training. Today, I feel this book was especially written for me, to read at this time. Not 5 years ago. The inspiration cards sit at my desk as I write. They are my cliff notes. Did I mention there were no coincidences in life? None.