It’s crazy to think about, isn’t it?
Today is never going to happen again.
And there are so many ridiculous and cheesy things that I could write in response to that.
But I won’t.
Instead, as I was reminded in Rita’s Anusara yoga class this morning, to try something different: remember.
|Do you pause to reflect on what has been?|
In one the excavation questions for week one of the #digital40days, Baron Baptiste asks if you are “taking responsibility to learn and grow from the experiences…in [your] life?”
You can only grow when you can take note and remember what has come before. Do you consciously reflect on the positive and the negative?
Now I’m not saying to live in the past. That certainly is not the case.
The past, however, illuminates your present. Your future. To be here. To be now. To live up to your full potential. In order to accomplish a full existence, you must look back and examine how, when, and why you do and do not succeed.
Where are your mistakes? Are you stuck on repeat in a seemingly endlessly repeating cycle? Do you feel like you make the same mistake over and over again? Are you too busy in the moment to stop and REMEMBER that you are in this cycle? If you pause to remember and analyze, you may just find yourself growing.
Are you forging successes? Can you be more prosperous if you utilize your memory and past actions? Can you be more outstanding? Do you let yourself remember?
This morning I realized that, for all my personal victories and growth, I have not fully allowed myself to live up to my potential.
In that moment when I reach the cusp of awesomeness, I remember fear and I pull back. I got caught in my head and the past emotions and so, I stop. I squelch my creative ambitions. My yoga teaching ambitions. Even squelching career ambitions.
I remember. But I do not learn. I stop. Sometimes, I don’t do that “yo, this part is my bad. I made a mistake.” Similarly, I don’t do the “oh wow, you go girl! Look at what you’ve done and how!”
And now is the time to break that cycle.
Now I am not telling you to beat yourself up for past actions. If you made a mistake, you made a mistake. We all do. But let yourself see HOW and WHY you screwed up. So that you can learn from it. Examine the past. And then let the past go.
Let in the new. Understand the past, learn from the past, and use the past to forge a different tomorrow.
Remember, breathe, and grow.
To take a risk.
To reflect on the past.
To be proud of the wins.
To learn from the losses.
To let it all go.
2013 is the year to break the cycle. Of fear. Of self-doubt. And yes, even failure.
Today, I felt the most free Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward-Facing Bow Pose), that I have experienced in years. Because I remembered past postures, learned from past alignment mistakes, learned from my anxiety about past neck injuries, and then let it all go and enjoyed today’s yoga posture for what it was. I was letting old injuries keep me from being my highest self in the pose. The past was keeping me from my fullest posture. And when I let myself remember and learn, I found what a joyous pose Upward-Facing Bow Pose truly is!
|A past personal practice of Urdhva Dhanurasana. Too bad I didn’t snap a picture today when I was smiling more fully inside and out! (And had snazzier alignment, too!)|
You’ll never get this day back.
How will you make this day the best day it can be? How can you let today help you to live up to your fullest potential?