Change. How scary! Imagine that. Those 6 letters have held so many of us back from doing great things. Fear has killed so many dreams and goals. I know that I have missed out on SO many amazing opportunities because I was afraid of change and afraid of what was on the other side of that fear. Sometimes if I sit and think about it too much, I become upset and have to then re-direct my thoughts. I have decided to take a new approach to change. I am diving ALL IN. Why not? What do I have to lose?!
During one of my recent yoga classes that I attended, the theme for that session was ‘transition’. The yoga instructor talked about transitioning into different poses and how often times we resist it and end up fighting with the urge to change and the urge to stay the same.
She instructor challenged us to fight through the transition period, stick with the poses that were difficult and to observe how your body feels in the process. The ultimate challenge for me was fighting the urge to stay the same and not push myself to my limits. Our bodies are amazing machines and will do ANYTHING we train it to do. It’s our minds that need a swift kick in the behind from time to time ;).
I did just that during class and I had numerous internal fights with myself for the whole 60 minutes. Especially during poses that I usually avoid, due to fear. I can say that I didn’t master all of the poses that day but I did master the transition. I would have to say that I left class a better yogi that day because of it.
It’s ironic how the lessons you learn in a yoga studio spill over into every day life. That class really got me thinking about all of the transition I personally avoid in my life due to fear. Staying where you are is comfortable, you know everything that will happen because it’s become so routine and habit to you. Change is scary because it’s different, it’s in a phase in life that we haven’t yet been.
I will admit that I have control issues. I like to be in control…most of the life. I like to know what’s going to happen before it happens, that way I know I will be prepared. I like to be in control of my emotions and where my life is going. That is the daily fight that I have with myself, life is so unpredictable and you can’t 100% plan everything. To the control, stubborn, anxiety ridden person, that is the most terrifying thing to hear. I cringe every time plans fall through and I have to remind myself that “things don’t always go as planned, sometimes you have to learn how to go with the flow.”
You never know what’s going to happen, no matter how much you plan. One day when you feel like you’re on the top of the world then you come into yoga class and you crash and burn. I’ve learned that it happens! Even to the experienced yogis. Being a yogi has also taught me that you have to accept the present situation for what it is and do the best you can in that moment♥.