hold the vision, trust the process
In yoga, we often begin our practice with setting an intention. We get quiet and we choose to hold a vision for our practice. Off the mat, most humans are quite reflective and may take time to create goals to align themselves with what they value. Whether it is at our job, with our families, or on the mat, we then step into our practice, we then engage with life. Eventually, messy stuff comes up, we may get knocked off our center, we meet resistance. The vision placed seems more distant, less attainable, and the dialogue we hold with ourselves can become a little less sweet.
Though I am one who can often trap myself into wishing transformation was easy. Deep down I know change is not instant and it is not created in a vacuum. Creating new pathways, in yoga known as samskaras, requires patience. For me, it requires taking a breath, softening my mind, asking for help, and remembering why am I here. Why am I showing up?
I love yoga because its a safe space for me to practice being a student. I don’t need to know it all. I get to be awkward, and uncomfortable, to resist looking at the areas in myself which are shouting for change, and then to eventually surrender. I practice because I get to keep showing up for myself. I practice because I not only get to design my life with a vision, but I also get to learn how to be more patient and kind with myself along the way.
When I reflect back on the areas of my life where I feel I have created something truly beautiful, the value and depth gained, did not come easily. I feel the areas I have struggled most in my life or most in my practice, are the places from which I can best teach. I look up to those luminaries who have walked a similar path before me and I love when I can meet people and have a glimmer of an understanding of what they are going through. Thank goodness we don’t have to do this alone. So set the vision, trust the process, be kind to yourself, and know you have a tribe who has always got your back.