I’ve had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came.
- President James A. Garfield
Everything is going to be OK. Has anyone ever told you that and you immediately felt wrapped in comfort? Better yet, have you said this to yourself and actually believed it? It’s my belief that we don’t remind each other, or ourselves, enough of this. We’re all scared about something, and when these fears arise, we look for reassurance, it’s human instinct. I practiced this mantra for many years being a natural worry-wart, thinking I believed it, but still fearing the worst. I’ve come to find a real peace in this mantra. I still find myself worrying about things beyond my control, but I always bring it back to this little phrase and the deep sense of self that I have developed. I know I house the answers and I can choose to worry or comfort. I’ve chosen comfort. When we wait for other people to reassure us, we become more uneasy when we don’t receive the response we want and need. Like so many of the yogic principles prove, the answer already lies within us. We all feel better talking to a close friend about our concerns, and she may know us well enough to give us the reassurance we need, but sometimes she doesn’t. This is when it is important to go back to that place within us that knows we’re strong enough to handle whatever comes our way.
I encourage you to use your yoga practice this week to remind yourself of your strength, growth and determination. I’ve seen many of you, (my students) find confidence and joy in finding balance or mastering a pose after many weeks of hard work. Let this be your reminder of your inner strength to get through anything. It IS going to be OK. For all of you, even those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, find a challenging pose and begin to really focus on it this week. Take any concerns weighing heavy on your mind and throw it all into your practice! Don’t hold back! Everything is going to be OK! Let this be your mantra! And hey, try helping someone this week by offering out this simple phrase. It might be just the thing they needed to hear!
Don’t forget the strength of the human spirit!