Updated: Aug 18, 2020
Nearly three years ago a good friend mentioned her plan to participate in a local Yoga Teacher Training. I decided to join her. Little did I know that it was going to change my life.
During those next six months my life completely shifted, my job changed, I moved across the state, and left everything that was comfortable and familiar. I was learning to lean into being uncomfortable.
In The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice (2009) writer Deborah Adele shares that the guideline of Ishvara Pranidhana "invites us to surrender our egos, open our hearts and accept the higher purpose for our being (p166)."
How often do we struggle against the flow of our lives? We try to control and manipulate so it goes our way, and then when it doesn't we blame, feel cheated, and "done to". I've spent a lot of time doing just that! Here's a secret. It hasn't worked for me and it likely won't work for you. Eventually we are all invited to surrender, to accept the life the universe is sending us. When we do we find more joy and contentment than we though possible.
With the opening of Cedar Family Solutions, life is again offering me the chance to surrender. To trust that if I "jump into [my] life with [my] whole heart (p.164)" that I will fly.