Posted on Feb 20, 2012 | 1 comment

So often in life we find ourselves in the position of starting over again.  I am there now and I have been here before (many times) and I will be here again in the future.  As a friend once said “I’ve been around this mountain before” and doesn’t it feel sometimes like the never ending journey?  I suppose that is because it is.

Right now as I contemplate picking myself up and moving forward there is one thing that brings me comfort.  This time around the mountain I have tools I have learned that I did not have last time around.  And I believe that fact will make all the difference in the world!

Prasarita Padottanasana: Wide Legged Forward Bend

Prasarita Padottanasana: Wide Legged Forward Bend

So here are just a few of the tools I have learned that will help me through this rebuilding process – maybe they will help you on your journey around the mountain.

Staying put is not an option.  When we were children we were told that if we got lost to stay right where we were and someone would come back to get us.  We are the adults now and that means we find our way.  This does not mean that you can’t ask for directions or a map – but it is up to you to ask for help.  And then it is up to you to put one foot in front of the other and move in some direction – listen to that voice inside of yourself and it will be the right direction.

When help comes – accept it with Grace.  How often do we say “I don’t want to be a burden”?  But we are all interconnected and that means we need each other to create a better life and ultimately a better world.  And sometimes that mountain is just so very big and it is nice to have company on the journey.  Let those who love you and those you have never met help you to find your way around that mountain.  This is courage – to accept that we are human – and sometimes that means we need a little help.  And help often comes in a form you are not expecting so keep your heart open so you will know it when it arrives.

We are ONLY human.  Humans have great capacity, but in the end we are only human, warts and all.  Every one of us has been here at one time or another and this means that perfection does not exist.  Beating yourself up for “insert flaw here” is a human tendency, but we are all flawed in one way or another.  I believe we are here to learn lessons and if we are perfect, there are no lessons to learn – so what is the point?  So treat yourself with a little compassion and let yourself off that perfection hook.  The sooner you do the sooner you can get on with the journey.

So I for one am vowing to each of you and to myself to pick myself up, dust myself off and get on with it.  I will do my human best to give a hand when I can and to accept a hand when it is offered.  I hope I meet you on the trail and we can share part of this journey.



One Comment

  1. 11-29-2012

    you have to fall to be able to say you poicked yourself up and to move forward.if you find peace in what you are doing go for it. I would rather see you do what you love than to do what you hate every day.
    I love this pose It actually calms me down or maybe it is the fact all my bloods rushing ot my head. I miss your classes.

    Your MN buddy

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