As Tony Robbins once said “life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.” It is hard to wrap the mind around it when we experience chaos, difficulties, obstacles and so many challenges. It is easy to believe in that sentence when everything in your life is going exactly the direction you desired. It is easy to doubt it when you are in the midst of challenge, and all you truly want is to escape it back to peace. The positive outlook in life teaches us that no matter how challenging is the obstacle, it helps you learn about yourself, and the more stillness you achieve in those hard times, the better you will become once that is over. That being said, the obstacles are a way for us to practice non-reactiveness, stillness and compassion towards ourselves. It is very easy to get caught up in our own emotions, to feel victimized by the situation, to feel sad and sometimes even angry. It is also easy for a person who does self-study and spiritual work, to have the complete awareness of what they feel, and instead of stepping out of it with peace and understanding, when tend feel guilty and blame ourselves for feeding that negativity. It is time to cut that bullshit, time to strengthen our hearts and weaken our ego. We need to understand that in times of exhausted caused by lack of presence, times of constant adjustment to please the other, times when we feel judged and belittled, we don’t need to give up on ourselves, give up on our truth, and give in to the stress. We can take all of it, every bit of it, and practice what yoga is always trying to teach us: go towards the fire with ease, feel yourself through the intensity with surrender, and know that the more you practice stillness, the lesser will be the voice of your ego telling you to give up, to give in to stress, to become chaotic to match those around you.
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