Being With What Is

India2012 016Through the work I do, yoga and coaching, I notice there is a great tendency to want to fix ourselves. Like there is something wrong with us or not good enough right now in the moment.

Of course sometimes we have injuries that we want to heal as quickly as possible, but often when we resist what is and try to fix it too fast we can end up making it worse.

What we resist persists. Resistance creates tension which can in fact delay the healing process.

I’ve experienced this first hand with knee, back and shoulder injuries in the past. In fact right now as I am writing this I am randomly experiencing numbness down the left side of my body! Rather than fighting it though I am nurturing it, doing what I feel it needs and allowing it to pass in it’s own time.

Injuries and situations in our lives can be great teachers. I believe everything happens for a reason and in anything that we perceive as “bad” there is actually light. We may not see it initially but in time it becomes clear.

Being with what is right now what ever you are going through is incredibly calming. Try it on now:

What if there was nothing to fix?

What if where you are at right now is perfect?

If you were to fully accept yourself just how you are right now, what would you do?

Just meditate on those questions for a while, notice the thoughts that arise. Perhaps your mind will try to get involved and tell you the opposite, “no something is wrong!”…..remember you are not your mind. Pay attention to how your body feels as you contemplate these questions.

If you have an injury, perhaps you might like to ask – “what does my body want me to know?”

Dis-ease is often created in the body when we are not taking care of ourselves emotionally. Have you ever been stressed, being running on empty, not allowing yourself enough rest, and then got ill? Sometimes the body get’s ill to force us to rest!

You often hear of people who have suffered serious illnesses having big epiphanies and making huge changes in their lives as a result.

Everything happens for a reason.

I believe the most important thing is to learn to love yourself just as you are. Right now in this moment.

The media and all the external messages we absorb can lead us to believing there is something to fix, but there really isn’t.

Just experiment taking this on today. Notice the impact it has on your yoga practice.