"What do I want?"
This is a question I often ask myself...the answers don't come easily...sometimes it feels like they will never come.
I have problems deciding what I want for dinner sometimes...the big life questions are even harder. This time of year we're starting to wind down quite a bit. We may be eating more than normal, craving more sleep, and generally ready to be done with 2017--in some ways I'm right there with you. It's this time of year when the big questions start to arise..."what do I want for my life?" I know a lot of my students and friends express the desire for new jobs, a change of scenery, or something else in life. They often struggle with knowing exactly what it is that they want. And maybe there's a deep seeded desire for change, but an uncertainty as to what that change is that's desired.
I'm starting to accept that it's ok to not have the exact answer to these questions all the time. It's ok to not know what you want. What's important is that we tune in and tap into that desire...that creative current that surges through our being. Most of us have our backs turned to that current. We are afraid to make change, afraid to try new things, afraid to explore the big questions because WHAT IF WE CHOOSE INCORRECTLY? What if what we really want is too difficult to "get?"
News flash...you'll never make the exact right move. You'll never know exactly what you want...and it will never be that PERFECT thing. It doesn't exist. And yes anything new requires some challenge. Our desires by nature change. Look at the great artists of all genres...their greatest works share common traits, but each piece is something new and sparks fresh ideas. Do you think it was easy for them to create a new masterpiece after having accomplished the one before?
The 2nd Chakra governs this creativity...it often gets jammed up and congested this time of year as we fatigue more easily, fight germs, spend time with family (our past gets thrown back into our faces), and start to think about a new year. If you're feeling like you don't know what you want...but you know you want "something" then chances are you're not letting that sweet watery 2nd chakra flow.
This week on our mats we'll explore this watery 2nd chakra flow to unlock and open up that vibrant current of creativity that flows through us. Creativity that empowers us to KNOW what we want to create in our lives. On our mats we get STUCK in our heads...how often are we still thinking about two poses back in class when we are five poses ahead? It happens. Being aware of this will reveal to you how we get stuck in our own way. The practice this week will encourage a watery flow that will keep you moving, keep you making choices (they're not wrong--they are choices), and will unlock and open up that 2nd chakra (and all others as well).
Join me this week yogis! I encourage you to keep strong in your practice through the end of the year. Your hard work is paying off in ways seen and unseen. You inspire me every single day in my own practice and as a teacher.
I bow to you...let's create the lives we want to live, and affirm to not get stuck--but to keep moving forward.