I changed my mind again, surprise, surprise! About this time last week, I had said I was going to do another 200 hour month intensive teacher training course to delve deeper into my yoga practice, but two days before the course was due to start, I started to get itchy feet. What I realised was that it’s not really what I came out here for, and by going through the course there would be other elements of my trip I would have to compromise.
If we’re lucky and we know where our core values and interests lie, we can find ourselves saying yes to everything that aligns to our personal mission. The danger here though is in being distracted by what we may feel other people ask of us, instead of doing what we really feel called in our heart to do. We only have a certain amount of time and energy, so from time to time, it is important to take stock to remember where our motivations lie and let that guide us towards the activities we undertake.
For me, the idea of committing to 10 hours of yoga a day was too much as I reminded myself that I came out here to give myself time and space to prepare a portfolio of teaching materials while growing my personal practice. As for my personal practice, it is a natural and effortless occurrence that needs not be forced or intensified. You see, the journey of personal transformation is not one aided by the driver who speeds along the highway because it is a continuous voyage, so it’s important to take in every moment and enjoy the ride. On the other hand, my trip here in India is short, so I do have to make the most of the opportunity to get things sorted in order that I am prepared to continue with my mission when I return.
So my plan for the next couple of months is to spend my time enjoying India and all the wonderful yoga it has to offer, while focussing on designing and creating the yoga programme that has been at the forefront of my mind for over two years. No more waiting. It’s time to wake up and listen to my heart’s call. It’s time to to manifest ideas into reality for the world to enjoy.
If you ever find yourself in a similar position, getting side tracked by what you feel other people are asking of you instead of doing what you really want to be doing, try to focus in on what your heart is calling you to do right now by asking yourself the following questions:
- What would I rather be doing?
- What do I feel the world needs more of?
- What does it look like to make that change?
- What skills and attributes do I have that put me up to the task?
- Am I ready?
Maybe you don’t have time. Make time. Change what needs to change. Learn what you need to learn. Be brave. Be bold. Go for it and don’t look back.