A sour note can be a breath of fresh air.
It is all in how we perceive it.
We are forced to look within in order to find our
deepest strength. It is within that,
the great lesson is revealed.
I mentioned a few articles ago about this week's alter question for my yoga teacher training. If fear wasn't an option...? It was interesting how we all interpreted the question differently. And it was even more refreshing when one of my instructor's said, "There is no right or wrong way to answer this." This question really got me thinking. The funny thing was by Sunday, I had a revelation. I had yet to come up with an answer to this question for Tuesday's class. I realized that for the first time in my life, I am actually living and living big. Everything I ever wanted to be doing in life I am actually doing or I am in the process of working towards. I get to work with my clients with my business, I get to go to work everyday as a nurse, I have Spirit Launcher which inspires me to reflect on my daily living through my writing, and now I have my yoga teacher training that is deepening my spiritual practice. I am in service everyday. Life is good, even in the times when it turns sour.
I've suffered a lot of disappointments, set backs and down right devastation in my life. Looking back though, without these trials, I wouldn't be who and where I am today. It is in those tough times that show me what I am made of. They allow my God light to really shine through. Those are the moments where I have been reminded even when my eyes couldn't see, the abundant strength in which I am held every moment of every day. These trials also shine an even brighter light on my triumphs.
I've learned to embrace fear and failure as part of life. I'm not so quick to judge myself by my actions and reactions. As a matter of fact my internal dialogue is completely different than even a couple of years ago. I used to beat myself up over the littlest things. And now, it's just a brush off of the shoulder. I get back up and try it again. We are only learning after all.
Perfection is a dream robber. If our goal is perfection instead of our best, then disappointment is going to be waiting around the corner for us on all areas of the map. But if we are leaning towards doing our best in the moment, instead of needing perfection, we brush ourselves off. We reset in the next moment as if the other never really mattered.
This weeks yoga class was extremely challenging. I wasn't physically feeling my best. But I was able to still get lost within the postures and movements and give it my all. My practice has allowed me the freedom within my own mind and carrying over to my body to just let go and do it. It may not be pretty and it could even be quite messy, but the beauty lies within just doing it. I'm not a fixture on the sidelines any more. I want to be the star player when it comes to my life. My intention is never perfection. My intention is in the commitment of doing. It doesn't have to be my best work. It just has to be my best effort in that very moment.
Life will bring us lemons. That is just a simple fact of life. They are our trials to date. We need the sweet and the sour, the ups and downs, the peaks and the valleys. It is what makes life unpredictable and full of surprises. It is how we handle each delivery that determines what we get from it all. What will our take away be? Bitter or sweet? So don't wish them away or wish them not to happen. Look for the lessons they bring and your inner strength that is revealed. You will get to know a new part of yourself through the challenge. Add a little sweetness to the sour spots in life. This is how we settle the task and move on to what next is waiting for us behind each new sunrise.
How have you dealt with your own sour spots in life? What did you learn about yourself? Share with us, we would love to hear from you!
As always with love,
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