Have you ever injured yourself in effortless motion and cursed the very action you were performing? Do you know what it feels like to take a lifetime to work thru the stages of sorrow, anger, and frustration, just to get to acceptance and healing? Robin Sharma, author of “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”, writes about this very action. He explains that we need to change the way we respond to these life situations and form the habit of searching for the positive in EVERY circumstance. He explains, “For there are no mistakes in life, only lessons.”
Recently, I injured myself in yoga and cursed the practice. I sunk into my couch and cried. I contemplated never teaching again. So many times I’ve promised myself to slow down, but never put forth the effort. Maybe through this injury, the divine found a way to make that happen. It’s hard to imagine that a negative experience is a good thing, but without them we would not be able to savor the good ones! Every experience has the opportunity to teach us to grow and learn, for from struggle comes strength and the laws of nature always ensure that when one door closes another opens.
Change isn’t easy for me, I have a set way for things to happen and my injury wasn’t on the list. (Yes, I like control or at least the illusion that I have some.) This injury may have thrown a stone onto my path, but it will not stop me from keeping the MOYO in my life, the benefits and transformation far outweigh anything. I’ve had to modify my practice and let go of some control issues, but I wouldn’t go back in time and change things for I have more compassion and a bigger appetite for life. Don’t be afraid to fall down or even breakdown, these struggles build you stronger. And yes the process is continual. If you ever feel the need to just talk stop by some time, I would love to hear your story!
Steph Neff, Certified MOYO Teacher, RYT