It’s funny how life has a way of smacking you upside the head with messages if you’re awake to them. I shared a quote on Google+ that I saw recently, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” ~Thomas Jefferson. But then someone responded to my post with this and I loved it even more, “When you reach the end of your rope, Let Go.” ~Buddhism.
Acceptance can be tricky. Easy to say, often hard to do. The catch-22 is that the one thing that is hardest for us to accept, will set us free when we do. Some people struggle with accepting divorce, others with loss, and others have a hard time accepting that their life just didn’t turn out like they thought it would, and it’s the struggle itself that causes much our suffering. For me, it’s managing a chronic illness. Continue reading →
When I first began to practice yoga and meditate, I assumed that I would immediately realize a stress-free blissful existence in which my problems and struggles would no longer exist. I’ll let you in on a secret, that didn’t happen.
What I learned from teacher after teacher was that yoga was about the present moment, and letting go. But even that turned into a struggle as I felt some type of resistance to being still. I felt frustrated that thoughts and feelings other than bliss snuck into my zen space. I thought that my job as a good yogi was to push those ‘bad’ thoughts and emotions out and only have happy thoughts. Wrong again. What I was doing was creating a deeper resistance and suffering. Continue reading →