Every time I attend a yoga class, something amazing happens. Not outward ‘fireworks’ but most definitely something ignites on the inside. And Friday was a case in point! Due to work, I had not been to yoga in 4 days, and I was getting a little concerned that I was slipping. So, last day of the week, I made it happen and at 12:08pm I was on my mat and ready to go!
It felt good being back, and good timing as I got to take a class with Duncan, whom I had not yet met. He promised us old-school moves; I got a tad nervous given my 4 missed days, but then I quickly remembered that my new modus operandi is to decide to try!
Three things came up ─ well 4 if you include my emotions! ─ doubt, faith and acceptance. Most of the time we are up against doubt. We resist it. We fight it. In short, we want to eliminate it, get rid of it…annihilate with a capital A! And in the end, the more we resist, the more the doubt digs in. Not nice.
So here’s the thing, my yoga-message-thing……the only way to win the war against doubt is simply to leave it alone. Leave it alone in its camp and move over to yours ─ your Faith-camp to build your faith. Yup, that simple. Keep adding layer upon layer of delicious faith, taking your first step with…acceptance ─ yes, when you can simply accept yourself, accept your circumstance, accept things as they are ─ right now, that is the first and foundation-step of your faith-building. You’ll also find that once you can accept (wink) acceptance, this first step becomes your pivotal step, as everything starts to flow and connect in ways that even the best strategist could not better map out!
These days, I’m finding that my Vinyasa yoga practice is my panacea for the doubt ─ the fear. The idea of these constant companions no longer send me down the path of hopelessness-slash-failure. Instead, I accept that they travel with me, only now I am aware that by allowing the acceptance to happen, I can focus on growing my faith ─ faith in myself and faith in the wider workings of this great Universe.
To be clear, acceptance doesn’t mean that everything will now be ‘solved’. It doesn’t mean that things are now ‘perfect’, or exactly how we want them to be. It does, however, mean that it’s okay. It’s all good. It is ‘perfect’. It is exactly how it’s meant to be ─ right now.
I did a little more accepting during this practice and I am so grateful for the prompt. I smiled in acknowledgment then promptly dipped into some Hippo-heaving tears during Fish pose (Matsyasana). Whoa! Cleansing. Relieving…reminding me that this is my lesson. Reminding me to be brave. Reminding me that I can be brave. Reminding me, more importantly, that I am already brave…& inviting me to catch up to this thought.
What do you need to accept a little more today? Take a moment to just do it. Accept it for what it is ─ how it is. Accept. The shift is subtle but oh my, you can really feel the reverberation!
Acceptance is the key, because acceptance, thankfully, is the antidote to analysis and ensuing angst.
Amen to that!