Keepin’ the Faith

Last week I started this great book, E-Cubed by Pam Grout. It’s the latest by this author and I so enjoyed E-Squared, I knew this would be just as fun. The book is set up in which you take an active role in experiments that help you realize how much control you have over the energy in the Universe, helping you harness the Law of Attraction, but also helping you discover the true essence of who you are.

Now, if you’re thinking, “Wow, this chick is a walking yoga teacher cliché,” you’re right, I am. Sometimes I take a step back and look at myself, with my hair knotted on top of my head, sipping my green juice, and toting the benefits of yoga, meditation, and power of the mind over matter and think just that same thought. But at the same time, I wouldn’t change a thing – I like who I am.

The first experiment in the book is a literal scavenger hunt for certain objects, emotions, or things you want to bring into your life within the next 72 hours. It’s meant to flex your manifesting muscles. The list includes beach balls, belly laughs, a smile from a baby, and the number 222 just to name a few. So, I set my intention, put the list on my phone and was ready to receive this list of random things into my life.

Within the first day I already had a few checked off of my list. The second day I only checked off one. The third day I spent wanting to check off the rest so bad that I didn’t experience a single one of these things.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t totally obsessed with completing the list, I have a hectic schedule that throws me for a loop most weeks. But that third day really did a doozy on me. I believed I could accomplish the list, that I didn’t have any blocks up, and it was completely achievable. Why didn’t it work? Where was the beach ball? Where was that smile from a baby?

The day after the experiment had ended it was all still in the back of my mind. Coming out of the grocery store as the fall sunshine shone warm on face, with my hair blown back by the mid-west winds I started to ruminate about how I always get in my own way when it comes to this Law of Attraction stuff. I begin “wanting” it to happen and when you get into that headspace the Universe just creates more wanting and never delivers it into actuality. I had to tap into allowing it to happen, which is a very different thing.

Looking up at the sunny sky, I took a deep inhale and I thought to myself, “Okay, Universe, I surrender and allow all the good stuff to come to me.” And as soon as the thought crossed through my mind I heard a small voice call out, “Hi!” only to turn to my left and see a smiling baby waving to me from a shopping cart not 5 feet away.

Did the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up? Absolutely! But I also couldn’t help but smile, laugh and wave back.

The Art of Allowing is not always an easy thing to achieve, especially for goal driven, Type-A personalities like me, and most of the Bikram Yoga practitioners I work with everyday. It’s hard for us to allow the body to heal, or to let the posture work it’s magic instead of forcing it into new territory. We can get so caught up in the goal of the posture that we forget about the tiniest nuances that create the best alignment and allow the body to actually achieve balance and let go of past hurts or injuries, physical, emotional, or both.

I guess it’s all about faith. Do you have faith that the body can actually heal or do you think that’s only for other people? Do you have faith that you can actually can touch your head to your knee in Standing Head to Knee Pose, or is that only for the very best yogis? Faith in yourself and the workings of the Universe can take you to new places, but you must allow it to happen. Wanting things to happen is a very different thing.

The Universe is always trying to bring you the best of everything, it’s just that sometimes your thoughts and beliefs get in the way. When you start to realize that some of the long held “truths” you hold in your head about yourself are not true at all, you can start breaking down barriers and reach for a new frontier in your life, in your yoga practice, and in every interaction that takes place between you and others. Anything is possible…but you have to believe it, allow it to come to be, and have faith that its already making its way into your life.

Dream on yogis, keep the faith, and create the life you were meant to live.

If you enjoyed this post you may also enjoy reading:

Take a Chance and You Will Win

Don’t Rip My Paper…or Anyone Else’s

Leading With Your Heart 

10 thoughts on “Keepin’ the Faith

  1. A few weeks ago I started working on the art of allowing and found magic in how it transformed my practice. Instead of feeling frustrated when my body can’t do a picture perfect pose I practice gratitude for where I’m at in the moment.

    Reacding your blog also reminds me I’ve forgotten the art of allowing outside the hot room. So thanks for the reminder!

    • Your welcome! Isn’t it funny how everything we learn through our yoga practice is reflected in our lives outside of the room? So, as you cultivate allowing yourself to be where you are today and appreciating this step on the journey within your postures, you will be able to have compassion for yourself outside of the room as well and allow all the good things in your life to unfold. Yoga and life is not about being picture perfect, its about having the guts to give it a try and truly embrace each moment. Much love and light to you my friend!

    • Glad you liked it Nina! It’s funny how when we need to hear something somehow it gets put in our path. A couple of months back I was bogged down with too many decisions to make at once and came across an article that put me on the path to saying no to the things that were causing too much stress and yes to the things that gave me joy and it seriously changed my life. Hope you are having a great week and glad the post came at the right time for you!

  2. Tori you make me laugh out loud. Which is a good thing ;). “Why didn’t it work? Where was the beach ball? Where was that smile from a baby?” I am laughing again as I write. Oh your uncanny ability to nail us yogis where we are lol. GREAT timely post for me. Thank you.

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