We are in the middle of sprucing up our living room for yoga video filming performances (yay!) and so we will be back to finish our Change series shortly. Til then, we are going back to our reguarly scheduled intentions.
This week we are focusing on leaning into the sharp points, the sticky spots, the place past comfort. It's easy to fall into the cycle of habit, our body literally wants us to save energy whenever possible and we are good at hoarding our energies. The downfall of all this is the fear that grows as a shadow behind new "things" - now, these things can appear in many forms. Conversations with strangers, new exercise routines, changing our diet, changing jobs, finding jobs, trying a handstand, drinking green juice. We often pad ourselves with the safety of excuses (whether valid or not), we roll in reasons we can't and we won't. We are constantly re-justifying our decisions to not try that new thing, to not feel uncomfortable, to stay in the safety of the known. But as we move into increasingly tumultuous times, we all need to ask ourselves, what are we avoiding? Are we avoiding the headlines of another mass murder? Are we avoiding the grave injustices that many suffer in daily life? Are we feeding more trash and waste into the world? It's a firm choice between staying asleep or waking up. Growing up. And growing means growing pains. If you feel fear making choices, if you feel ineffective and helpless, if you are stumbling over the pieces of your life- go back to your mat. Find yoga, even if it is just breathing, and see what comes up. CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF. You are allowed to ask, to pry, to see how your own self is doing that day. And if it isn't a good feeling, that's okay, but just stick with yourself. Lean into the sharp points of your life. Know that fear and worry and heart ache is human, it often is growing pains. And we must water our gardens, pull our own weeds, do our own work. Because when we put in the sweat and the breathing and the expansion, you'll begin to see that yoga isn't a perfect pose but learning to sit with whatever is happening. The scary truth is that we don't know what is going to happen and we don't have control but we do have the ability to strengthen ourselves. Get strong so we can lift others, so we can hold others, so we can carry the world forward. Find what scares you and lean in. Listen. That's where we grow.
Sara & Kyle