What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Day 119 - Take the opportunity



Today I am writing in the airport in New York.  Marianne and I have come here to practice with Dharma-Mittra.  You know how I keep talking about the Dharma practice.  Well this is the guy where it came from.  I am really excited for this opportunity.

I am waiting to meet Marianne as she is flying in from working in Syracuse.  As I sit here I am thinking on how amazing connections can be.  How we both have past thousands of people this morning to connect in one of the largest cities so we both can connect with an individual who has given so many people the opportunity to grow.  How someone invented the airplane, made the airports, made the taxis, ect. ect.  that helped make this connection possible.  So many little things were done in order to present me with this current opportunity.

How did I get here?

I could go way back and over philosophies on the things like science, religion, god, or creation.  Ultimately I am the one that made the decision to take this opportunity.  I could have said I could not afford it at this time, I am scared of planes, I need to be with my dog, I can't take the time off of work, I do not feel comfortable enough to do yoga, I hate New York.  There are billions of excuses that I could have made in order to make this not happened.  There is only one way I was going to make this happened.  I needed to say yes, take the plunge, and embrace and trust life to get me to this point. 

Even this morning I had my little voice in my head.  He was telling me I did not deserve this opportunity.  He started to try to bring me down.  I have noticed that before anything great and fun that I typically beat myself up.  I guess this is so if I am feeling down going into something I can feel great when I start enjoying my event.  I am quickly shutting this little voice up.  I am separating me as if this little voice was another person.  I am no longer this scared little voice. If someone came up to me and told me I did not deserve the life I lived...How long would I stick around that person?

Life has presented me with millions of opportunities.  I believe the opportunities that I have taken have lead me to where I am today.  I have learned to take my opportunities in a responsible way.  This is a completely different story.   The more opportunities and chances you take in life the more opportunities you will have to grow.  Just like learning to do a headstand, you have to first start trying, then fall on your butt, then try again and so on.  Very rarely are you perfect the first time you attempt a posture.

I also believe these opportunities have lead me to being able to present opportunities to others.  I have noticed lately that the opportunities I have presented are not always taken.  Then there are other people who take the opportunity I present and rather then just taking it they try to change it.  The date, time, cost, people around them ect. does not allow them to take part in this opportunity.  Fear, worry, or doubt, stops them from taking on this opportunity.  Now I have the ability to switch my date, time, cost, or the people around them.  I have the ability to ease this fear, worry, or doubt.  I can allow them to feel comfortable taking this opportunity.  OR... I can give someone else that same opportunity.  How much time is wasted on someone who has excuses not to take an opportunity?  There are billions of people in this world.  I guess my point in all of this is...A) Take the opportunities that present themselves.  B)  Don't waste your time on someone who does not see opportunity in what you present them.

This morning both Marianne and I could have had a thousand excuses on why we did not take this opportunity to go to New York.  I got here because I said yes to the opportunity. Keep true to your path.  Find the opportunities that continue to guide you on your path, and avoid the distractions that steer you away.