Weekly YES Quote!
“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
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Getting back from Colorado was rough… not only did we have to drive 13+ hours in a car, but I had to reset my mind and rejoin the regular work force the following day.
I’d just spent so much time doing me: yoga on the deck overlooking the mountains, hiking through the trees while taking in the fresh air, not giving a [bleep] in order to permit myself to be the center of my universe. The thought alone of having to give these moments up to wake to an alarm, put on fresh clothes, get my face ready for action, hop in my car, burn fuel on the freeway, set my computer items down at my work station, and begin to converse with others about what happened during my absence, return, and subsequent day, was an exhausting thought.
Fortunately, though the last paragraph makes it appear that I’m casting mad hate, I love my job and more so I love my coworkers.
So while I was lamenting the drive I was looking forward to some things that were enticing about returning to the office.
Two days at work… hello Friday afternoon… hello burnout.
I was so tired come the end of Friday.
Whenever you leave for vacation you know you have a lot to deal with upon your return. No complaints here… again, I love my job and it’s good to be employed in 2020… but man oh man two days in the office when I’d had 7 days to decompress in the mountains… needless to say it was a lot.
Friday rolled around and I took advantage of the weekend.
Needing to continue my streak of physical excellence I opted for a 60 minute advanced session of upper body strength using the Down Dog Yoga app.
I yoga on the regular, I mediate on the regular, I center on the regular… I also 60 minute advanced [fill in the blank] yoga on the regular, but something about the upper body strength session I participated in was beyond my abilities.
About 45 minutes in I was not only dripping sweat all over my mat and sucking wind heavily (goodbye ujjayi breath), but I was deeply wondering can I see this?
I kept pushing… crow, cobra, up dog, downward facing dog, three legged dog, lizard,
Got it! Okay… 35 minutes.. I can keep this up…
A couple more rounds then we took an easy seat.
Woo! I thought. Finally we’re headed for savasana.
Ha! Not. The. Case.
We started at lolasana (seated position putting weight in the hands while raising the hips), and then we worked our way into elephant trunk pose. r
Again, got it!
When my arms and wrists began to think hahaha we done yet? we went into eight angles pose.
My mind literally went, the [bleep]??!! No joke… fell on my face.
Struggled to maybe accomplish the pose and just when I was halfheartedly successfully we maneuvered into koundiyanasana ii… if you don’t know the pose please Google it.
I can do koundiyanasana ii (no bragging I swear) from lizard, but from whatever-pretzel-question-mark-just-open-mouth-gape… you get it. I simply could not.
Now that’s not to say that I will never be able to bust out this entire yoga routine from start to finish! I’m way too competitive and strong-willed to let this instance keep me from pushing myself to the next level.
I have found my limit and I aim to overcome it.
I understood during today’s practice that I wasn’t able to get through this practice in one swift go: I need to practice more in order to get better, stronger, and more capable of these moves in order to perform the routine from start to finish.
Think on what’s been keeping you from advancing.
Is it something related to work, exercise, or self-esteem? Is it related to something else that affects your deepest desires and wants for you? Have you come to a plateau that you seem to be unable to overcome?
The fact that you’ve found them is beautiful in and of itself.
If you hadn’t found these obstacles in your path you wouldn’t be trying to further and better yourself.
You cannot simply meander through life – through some super hard [bleep] – if you don’t come upon an obstacle or million-and-a-half. It’s simply not feasible.
I found my limit today: my obstacle.
I’ve been trying to further my yoga practice, and I will gladly admit that I was feeling pretty boss until the practice today. I was crushing the advanced moves! I was feeling like an unconquerable being! Then… well, if you read the reflection above, I got my boss feelings handed to me on a silver platter.
I’m grateful for this.
If I wasn’t being challenged, if I wasn’t able to find my obstacles to overcome to further my practice, I would simply stop, saunter, and potentially pout that the world was just all too easy (which the world is definitely not).
I will overcome this limit this week or month or months or year or years… whatever it takes.
This week I challenge you to find your limit, and I further challenge you to overcome it.
Yes, the word limit is a bit disheartening since its literal definition is a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass… but is that what’s stopping you? Do you truly believe you cannot overcome that limit – that obstacle – that you’re facing that will bring you to the next level?
Don’t let your life be stopped short due to your limits.
Let your life flourish as you acknowledge and overcome your limits.
I’m here, trying to maintain my ujjayi breath, as I push past my own limits.
Find your limits, acknowledge them, and overcome them this week.
Reminder to Just Say Yes!
As always, say yes to experiences that present themselves to you! Life is full of fun and wonder – don’t be stuck at home wondering what life could be like, should be like, would be like… drop that nonsense! Get out there, say yes, and never look back!
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I’d love it if you shared some of the ways this week’s quote has made you feel, and what challenges, obstacles, or limits you’ve been faced with, how you plan to overcome them, or simply how you have overcome major obstacles in the past.
We each have a unique journey. I would love to share in yours.