I have often discovered, when I am open-minded, in touch with my feelings and trusting my instincts, life has a way of tugging my hand and leading me right to where I need to be.
Even more fascinating, is when life’s opportunities find me way before I even begin to search for them.
I often imagine a complex labyrinth with new doors constantly appearing, providing choice and options. The more doors I step through the more that appear and before long I end up at destinations I could never have imagined.
This is ridiculously exciting and the wonderful way great joy flows into my life, enriching my day-to-day.
This principle applies to the biggest and the smallest decisions I make. Everyday life moments all have the potential to keep on getting better.
I have been lacking lustre when it comes to exercising this year. I was searching for a deeper connection with my physical self. I adore my weekly Pilates session and wanted more of this and yet different somehow.
On a whim, last week, I tried a yoga class at my gym. In the 15 years I have been a member of this gym I have never been to a yoga class there. Why you may ask? My belief that a yoga experience at my gym would not be authentic enough. That the essence could only be found if I was at a hillside retreat or overlooking an ocean. Media images I have implanted in my mind.
So why this class now?
Opening my mind, challenging my belief because the class ticked the boxes for:
Convenience – local….. tick
Cost – it is part of a membership I already have…..tick
Time and day – Monday at 10.30am – drop off kids, plan out my week, tidy my office, catch up on messages……tick tick tick.
I was not overjoyed with the class the first week. The instructor was filling in and seemed disinterested, the instructions were minimal which was disappointing for a detail driven eager new yogi. I did, however, love the mental clarity that flowed into the rest of my day.
I remained open minded, a delicate pull was drawing me here and this often meant a door was about to open for me. I intuitively felt I was meant to attend this class.
This Monday morning I returned to the class, with that open mind.
As I unrolled my mat and removed my shoes I felt a bolt of energy sweep by me. The instructor was actively walking around the room. She was smiling, nodding and, without speaking, engaging with us.
I already felt energised.
She introduced herself and announced she was taking over this class permanently. I am not sure about anyone else but I was thrilled, there was something about her that intrigued me and I was ready to learn more.
We got started and she was tough on the directions. Being new to the class she did not know who knew what and her explanations were detailed. She also explained she would walk around and correct your poses and that she is very particular on technique.
No Way, how did this happen? To this technically fussy gym goer this was everything I wanted, my planets lined up, rainbows sprouted from my ears and I knew this class was for me. I was going to learn technique.
Tick ,tick, tick, tick, tick.
All my boxes were ticked….except the ocean and rainforest views, it’s always good to leave something to strive for.
The excitement is not all about the yoga, it is discovering something new and exciting to anticipate. To challenge me, to enjoy, to learn and ultimately to enhance my life. I may continue in this class for a very long time or it may become a stepping stone to something else.
Now it is your turn.
Have you been feeling a little tug, pulling you toward something. A new hobby, a book to read, a class to try, a career move, a short course, a recipe to try…………
I challenge you this week to stop ignoring the pull. Look for the door, where is it leading you? Dare to take a peak. You may just discover a hidden gem waiting there to enrich your life. You may even step through and find yet another door leading to even more blissful dreams, ones you have not fully realised yet.
Leave your comments here and share the moments you uncover this week.
Step out and be your extra super dooper fabulous self.