Obstacles As Learning

Be Well Be Happy

It’s Saturday night in December and I am home preparing my class to teach on Sunday. For the past 11 years I have taught a Sunday yoga class and it has become a beloved class to teach.  To show up even when it’s cold and windy can be difficult but in the end, it makes my Sunday extra special. It has become a ritual for me that I truly love and treasure. The commitment has taught me to show up fully and completely for the students. All the teachers at Ocean Bliss Yoga show up consistently with the intention to offer peace and calm during these turbulent times.

This week I am inspired to teach from Pema Chödrön quotes that offer a way forward from darkness into light. They show us how to use obstacles as vehicles for learning and strengthening our mind and heart. These are the days that we struggle to understand when we will be free to move around without a mask or fear of getting sick.

When will we have social gatherings and live life fully? How can we move forward with peace and serenity? When will our suffering end? Pema offers us guidance in her book, When Things Fall Apart. Who ever knew our lives would be turned upside down? Perhaps, when things get back to normal, we will have a renewed awakening in how to truly live with positive intentions and being grateful for the small things.

There is much hope in the future and many are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We have found tools to help us endure the isolation and loneliness of this horrific pandemic. Resilience will be necessary to bounce back and rebuild our precious lives and businesses. It is learning to become unstuck that will open us up to life again. We are in a holding pattern but there will be come a time of freedom for us all and I hope we will live in a renewed conscious way of living.

“To stay with that shakiness—to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feelings of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge—that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic—this is the spiritual path. Getting the knack of catching ourselves, of gently and compassionately catching ourselves is the path of the warrior. We catch ourselves one zillion times as once again, whether we like it or not, we harden into resentment, into a sense of relief, a sense of inspiration.”

May each and every one of you use this time to strengthen and learn from these lessons as the path itself. Let us not go back to our old ways of taking things for granted. Live not solely for yourself but rather live for all of humanity. We are in this together.

“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.” - Pema. We have a choice to be responsible for our actions or simply walk away from them. It is not always so easy but it is necessary. 

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