It's already the second week of February and I have finally found the opportunity to put fingers to keys for my first post. Not exactly the start I wanted for my blog however as a honorable member of the Procrastination Club, I am not totally shocked. In my defense the beginning of this year has already delivered some serious hurdles to myself and love ones; death, sickness and career changes. Circumstances that would steer anyone from their path. However this year has also brought with it a new found drive and determination that I have not experienced for some time. To what can I attribute this new found energy? Well outside of the fact that I come from a family of women who are extremely stubborn, my current yoga practice has created this internal fire. A resolve, an inner choice to carry on, breath through the madness or as some would say...dig deep.
I am not exactly sure where this term "dig deep" originated but I remember hearing it in school while playing sports from the coaches when they felt I or the team was not giving a hundred percent. Just recently I overheard my son yell it to one of his teammates in the last 2 minutes of their game when they were attempting to tie up the score. While this term of reference is one that is familiar, when it comes to my yoga practice the term dig deep takes on a literal meaning.
My practice allows me to journey deep within to that inner voice that God has placed in all of us. That light that nourishes and strengthens us from our core. That voice that tells us that while we are all equal we are also magnificent beings created for and capable of great things. Some people know early in life what their destiny or dharma is and then there are some of us that are still working their way through the hurdles. Either way, I feel it is my obligation to use this divine gift to rise and carry on.
The difference I find between the sports reference of dig deep and journeying deep within to that voice, is the kindness and compassion we allow ourselves on those days when we do not want to push through. That ability to forgive ourselves and others is freeing and releases the ties that bind us and prevents us from moving forward. Allowing us that ability to shake off what ever happened yesterday or the day before and start anew.
As I sit here writing my first post I am very thankful for the ability to continue on my path regardless of what ever hurdles I have already experienced or yet to encounter. I am thankful for my yoga practice and the lessons my mat has taught me and the ability to dig deep.