Posted on Apr 19, 2011 | 0 comments

For the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing a bit of change.  And that means that my students have had to deal with some changes in our class schedule.  First off let me say that they have all been real troopers about the whole thing.  And I would like to take this opportunity to thank them from the bottom of my heart for all of their support.

Let me state for the record: Change makes me nervous.  I am much better with it since I have been practicing Yoga, but for me it is still a work in progress.  Let’s just say I have control issues.  I wonder if any of you can relate?  During this period of change I have been brought face to face with the remainder of my control issues, and it has been an eye opening experience.

I have been through many drastic changes in the past 13 years (Yoga years) or so and I can honestly say that I have learned so much from those periods in my life.  And the really good news is it keeps getting better.  Meaning that I am better able to cope.  This time I feel like I have had a real breakthrough because I am approaching these changes as opportunities instead of obstacles, and that has made a world of difference in my stress level and how I have reacted.

Some time back I ran across this quote:

“If everything is under control, you are going too slow.” – Mario Andretti

Now, for those of you who do not know – I am a huge drag race fan and I have had the privilege of actually driving a dragster on the Pomona track in California (one of the most thrilling experiences of my life).  So I can completely understand what he is talking about from a literal standpoint, but I think it is also a wonderful philosophy that applies to life in general.

I know many of you out there are cringing at the very thought of being out of control.  But just bear with me for a while.  If everything in our lives is exactly as planed, and never strays from what we expect (i.e. too slow), then where is the excitement?

So I propose a little experiment.  The next time you feel like life is spinning out of control, turn your perception around to see all the chaos as excitement, like a race car that you are trying to keep on the track.   After all, in truth there is only one thing in this life we can control and that is our reactions. 

Never forget that this life is meant to be a thrill.  Personally, I intend to slide into “heaven” sideways yelling “What a Ride!!!”.


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