Fear- False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear and worry are two of the destructive forces in our life. It's natural and normal for us to fear such things as lightening but we can't live our lives based on our fears. Worry in my mind is the most colossal waste of energy, mainly because it is us projecting our fears and believing that they will become real, creating a future before it happens, and does the future ever really turn out the way we had predicted? No! So why do we believe all of our worst fears about what will happen? The fact is, you'll never know "what if" and you aren't meant to. There's only right now and that's all you truly have and can control. The future is not ours to see, it's not guarenteed and the past is over and done, nothing you can to do to change that. You can plan and worry about your day, your life, but chances are it is not going to end up anything like you planned and the things you worried about will appear, after the fact, like a, "Why was I so worried about that." There is a power in being positive just as there is a power behind negativity. There are numerous scientific studies happening right now that are observing how negative attitudes actual effect our cellular matter, and it is not good. Negative thoughts slowing destroy us, kills cells and changes them, fear holds us back from our true potential. It's always scary that first time we jump into the water, or that first time we ski, going to our first yoga class or taking on a new challenge etc. but if we move past that place of fear and worry we often discover something so amazing and so life changing that we forget why we were afraid in the first place. Mother nature possesses awesome power, as do we, but if we let fear and worry rule our minds and our lives we may never get to witness that amazing power of our divine nature, of the relationships we could create if we weren’t scared to reach out. We miss out on so much because we “assume”. Don't let fear and worry rule your life. You are so much more powerful and wonderful and great than you know.
What is perfection? Is there really such a thing? I'll often say in my classes that "no one is perfect, everyone is perfect". Some might say that Vermont is not a great paddle boarding state to live in since our season is so short, far less than ideal for the water babies out there. I mean really, we have what? 2 months of summer and then it's wind, rain, snow, cold, brown, freezing water. Not what some would consider perfect. But as a yogi I now understand that everything is perspective, and if you can change your perspective, you can change your life. The thoughts we think become our reality. We are all intelligent human beings and if we choose to believe something to be true we undoubtably will find things that validate our opinion. The thoughts we entertain become our reality. Where someone else see's freezing, unenjoyable and dangerous, I might see amazing, challenging and magical. I see snow on the ground and beautiful foliage in the trees, with colors of orange, red, white, blue and green surrounding me and I think, "This is perfection!!" Sure it was 28 degrees, and any Vermonter can tell you that 28 degrees in the fall feels A LOT colder that 28 degrees in the spring, but as Yoga teaches us, if we can sit in that place of discomfort, even if for 5 breaths, if we can focus on something other than our discomfort, then something inside us opens up and lets go and then we grow. We get stronger, more flexible, more tolerant etc. We evolve into a better, stronger, more enlightened versions of our self, if we take the steps towards change. If we practice letting go. We have the courage to face our dislikes and fears head on, face the imperfections of life. For really, what is perfect? It's what you want it to be. It's what you believe. What do you choose to believe? How can you change your reality by changing your mind?