While I was in a yoga class one morning the teacher was guiding us into a pose, and during the last few seconds, when it gets really tough and you need the most strength to endure, she said, "Come on guys, struggle with it, don't give up, struggle." My immediate thought was that life's not supposed to be a struggle, and what would happen if, instead of struggling, I relaxed into the pose? Just relaxed...let it "happen".....let go, let it flow. Not that we don't experience struggles, we do, but once we recognize it as a struggle, can't we change our minds? See it for what it is, take what we need from it and then move on?
Like the yoga pose....once it starts to feel "hard", experience the pain, or the struggle, and then chose to let go. That may mean you fall out of the pose, or that may mean you fall "into" the pose. Either way it's a relief! It's just a pose. A position in time and space. And that changes everyday, every moment.
But what about "no pain, no gain"?
I love it when I'm reminded in yoga that some of the poses are supposed to open up you heart chakra. In these poses you pull yours arms back away from your heart, opening up that vulnerablity. I always take advantage of these times, in these poses, by reaching with trust and passion with outstretched arms and say to God (to the Universe), "I'm am here, take me and do what You will because I know it will be good, and it will be lovely. That I know". And as open as I am to goodness and to loveliness, I am also open to pain, and to discomfort, and I trust that whichever one comes to me, it is the experience that will guide my life forward. I'm not in a hurry to get to any one destination, I don't need a shortcut, there's too much goodness to be had along the way, and I want more, not less.
From pain we have the opportunity for joy. These past 3 years have been the happiest, most joyful, and the most appreciative, but looking back at my, almost, 45 years I see how much I acted from pain, instead of joy.....but that's over and I'm fine with that, because I have the next 45 years to act more from joy than pain. I think I'll chose that....act from joy, not pain. Everyday I can chose joy, what a relief.
I bought a t-shirt yesterday that says, "Let the sun shine in"......OK, I will!
Life is good, life is joy.....relax.