In case you don’t know what I mean when I saw your story I am sharing one of the stories I have been telling myself to help you see things in a different perspective.
A funny thing happened to me this week… I realized that my yoga mat does fit into the trailer! And by that, I mean that there is enough space for me to have a practice in my trailer. We have been on the road for almost a year and I’ve been telling myself that I can’t do yoga inside which has meant that my practice has severely gone by the wayside.
When we first started travelling my body needed a break. I had been teaching a ton of yoga over the past few years and I really felt I needed to leave that old friend behind for a bit. But for the past few months I’ve felt ready to greet my body again. On my mat, through my practice.
Practicing yoga has been such a huge part of my life for a long time. In fact, as a young child I was bringing yoga books home from the library. Since it’s been summer I’ve been doing some small sessions outside. As the days get cooler it was time to look at this story. When I really looked at the space and realized there was just enough room for my mat.
Why does this story matter?
This was a moment of deep realization for me. Sometimes we need our stories to keep us safe during unsafe times. In this case it wasn’t so much about safety for me. It was about trying to protect myself from disappointment. Yoga has been a huge part of my life. Moving into the trailer came with many adjustments and spending time thinking or feeling that I was going to miss my practice would have been too much.
Our stories are always connected to past events. They came into play to serve some sort of purpose in our life. As we move forwards from a particular situation our stories can stay stuck inside us thinking they are still doing a job. Even though they may actually be keeping us small. Some stories such as I can’t; or I’ll do that when I have this; or I’m not like them; holds us back from our joy.
As a sensitive being already there are far too many moment where the weight of sadness in the world weighs heavy.
I want to be sure that the stories I’m telling myself are not sucking the joy from my life but instead are still serving a meaningful purpose. If they aren’t I want to heal them so I can start writing new stories. Stories where I am the heroine and am living the life I came here to experience.
So today I invite you to consider what stories you are telling yourself that you might be ready to leave behind as we move into spring?