Brett Dennen, a folk singer, sings “There ain’t no reason things are this way, it’s how it’s always been and they intend to stay. I can’t explain why we live this way, we do it every day.”
There are times I feel this way and I do not like it. The humdrum of work, e-mails, conference calls easily eat up 8-10 hours of my 16 hour waking hours. I cope with trying to find joy in these moments, but there are several other moments when I think to myself “wouldn’t it be nice if…”
Wouldn’t it be nice if I took my yoga practice to the next level and sign up for a 200 yoga teacher training, with a simple goal to deepen my practice? And so I did. Wouldn’t it be nice if in the dead of East Coast winter, I organized a group of friends who love yoga to attend the Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Hawaii? And so I did. Wouldn’t it be nice if whenever new ideas arise, I find time to flirt with the possibilities, play with them in my head and if they bode well, pursue them?
Here’s the deal with possibilities: when they first approach you, they look inviting and at the same time frightful. They disrupt status quo and how we do things every day. Here’s what is true: The longer possibilities sit in your bones, the fear slowly dissipates and the only thing left is the truth in the pursuit.
As possibilities sit in your bones, the fear dissipate, leaving only the truth in the pursuit.
Yoga is a practice that simulates this mental and emotional process. As we find ourselves in certain poses, we ask: could we breathe deeper, could we deepen the pose, could we stretch further, could we clear our minds… could we be pleasantly surprised that we have done better than we thought?
Flirt with possibilities. Trust there is Wonder as life unravels itself.
Flirting with possibilities is about getting excited about the unknown and fully trusting there is Wonder as life unravels itself. And isn’t that a better way to live every day?
What has been your “wouldn’t it be nice if…” thought lately?