I’m a study-er and a planner. I always have been.
I have a tendency to study something to death until I know the subject matter like the back of my hand and I feel confident in the path forward. I would spend hours organizing notes and information until everything lined up in some logical order.
But sometimes, it leads to analysis paralysis. I want to know every option, research every possibility before making a decision about how to move forward. I have a hard time trusting my gut (and myself) to find the right path.
My focus for 2013 was Intention – connecting my every day actions with my larger vision and goals, doing things for a reason and not just for the sake of doing them, and learning to connect my head and my heart. In essence, learning how to trust my gut more.
I think that I did pretty well and made some big strides over the year. But I know that there was so much more that I could have accomplished.
One thing that I realized was that while I can be clear on my intention for doing something, I still needed to act. I still needed to do and that’s where I continually got tripped up. That’s where I began to overthink things, stress and worry. My analysis paralysis just shifted a littler further down the line.
A few months ago, it became clear to me that my word for 2014 had to be DO. I had to focus on taking steps forward and not just planning those steps ad infinitum.
I was supposed to be a doctor and then I was supposed to be an executive at a nonprofit organization but I didn’t choose either path. I wasn’t supposed to be a yoga teacher or a writer. Those two options never fit into my plans in any way, shape or form.
I have no idea what this path will look like in the next 1, 3, 5 or 10 years. I just know that I need to start.
The first sutra of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali says: Atha Yoga Nushasanam or Now the study of yoga begins.
Atha means now, as in in-the-moment now or this present moment. In that sense, Patanjali welcomes us to the practice and this specific juncture in time as we are about to begin the study of yoga. No matter where we came from, what our past or our experience was prior to this moment, it doesn’t matter. The point is that we have arrived and we are ready to begin.
But Atha also implies a readiness and a commitment to the study and undertaking before us. It requires being fully present and finding a balance between effort and ease, acting and letting things happen, and placing trust in the Universe.
Starting is the hardest part but the exciting part too.
Now, let us begin.
Did you set an intention for the New Year? Do you choose a word to focus on?
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