Some days it is very difficult to make myself roll out the yoga mat and begin my ninety minute practice. I try to do yoga at least two mornings per week, but lately my schedule has been so unusual that it has been challenging to find the time. When I have found time, I notice I am resistant to begin. There are some poses that use muscles that have enjoyed the extended vacation and they are quite happy to be left alone. When I think about committing to the entire hour and a half routine knowing that those challenging poses are coming, I’m tempted to stay on vacation with those muscles. However, when I give myself permission to skip a pose or hold it for only a few breaths if it feels like too much to do that day, I am able to roll out my mat and begin.
Once I do the movements to warm up my spine, the next pose seems to flow naturally. So does the one after that…and so on. When it’s time to do something challenging, I check in with my body and do what feels right in that moment. I’ve learned the hard way not to overdo it. Usually it feels so good to wake up those muscles I end up holding the pose longer than I thought I could. Before I know it, I’m in the home stretch (no pun intended) and doing the final cool down poses. When I finish those it’s time for my favorite part of the practice, laying on my back and breathing deeply until I slip into a blissful meditation. When I emerge from meditation my entire body feels alive, peaceful, and full of gratitude for making myself roll out that mat!
It occurred to me that this might be a helpful metaphor that can be applied to many other things. When you think of your life, is there a project that feels daunting or a goal that seems impossibly out of reach? Does thinking about all that needs to happen in order to complete that project or achieve that goal make you want to reach for the TV remote, a bag of potato chips or both? Is there an action step that feels like something you just aren’t capable of doing right now? What if you just think about the first step that feels manageable instead of thinking about all of them at once or that step that seems impossible. Turn on your computer and write for fifteen minutes. Get your passport photo taken. Walk around the block when you get home from work. You don’t have to write the entire book, plan the entire vacation, or transform your body in one day. You just need to take one little step. Once you experience how good it feels to take a step in the direction of your dream, you will want to take another. Yes, you have the goal in mind, but your attention is focused on the present moment where joy lives.
When that goal is in alignment with the greater good, an amazing thing happens. All kinds of opportunities present themselves and the perfect people to help you realize those goals come into your life. Suddenly those seemingly impossible steps become possible. Here’s what A Course in Miracles says about that in Section IV of Chapter 20:
He will go before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way. Nothing you need will be denied you. Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away before you reach it.
Not only do I find these words incredibly comforting, I can attest to their Truth. Once I realized that my life’s purpose is to help others remember who they truly are (pure Love and Light), the Universe arranged for more miracles and “chance” meetings than I could ever have imagined. I invite you to align your goals with the greater good, take a breath, then a step in that direction. What follows will be nothing short of miraculous!
Perhaps that first step is giving yourself the gift of Life Coaching or a Family Constellations session. Maybe an even smaller, less overwhelming first step is to simply click HERE to learn more about both of these life changing opportunities. Then see how you are guided from there. I would be honored to be one of those “chance” meetings that helped you remember who you are and how to live a life full of peace, love, and joy.
Until next time, please remember that no matter how things appear, you are loved and supported with each step you take.