I started my Yoga Teacher Training today (which I’m very excited about and will write about later) and one of the teachers spoke about the implications of putting things out to the universe. She said that she’s learned that when she puts something out to the universe, she also has to be willing to accept what comes back. She noted that in the past when she’s rejected those things that came to her, it always ended up badly.
That really resonated for me. In June I went on a vacation with my best friend. During the trip, I did a lot of yoga and meditation and thinking about my life. This was part of the “I’m 50 Now Self-Realization Tour”. When I turned 50 last December I decided I would take the year to examine my life and think about what I wanted to do in the so-called “third act” of my life.
One thing became crystal clear during this trip: I needed to address my stress levels and work-life balance. I was working too many hours, getting too stressed about work, and not practicing good self-care. I was struggling to disconnect, and even taking a short vacation felt like a huge undertaking. Obviously it’s not healthy to have such an unbalanced life.
So I put it out to the universe that I wanted more balance and I wanted more joy in my life. For some of you, this is going to sound a bit woo-woo, but that’s OK. Some of us pray for guidance, some of us put it out the universe — in my mind it’s all the same. It’s about opening yourself up to explore a different options.
And the universe responded– quickly and in a big way.
I was immediately inspired to write and be creative. I’ve had a lot of ideas for various types of essays and books floating around in my head for years, and I resolved to put them on paper — or the computer anyway. I promised myself I would write 30 minutes a day for three months, and see if it brought me joy. I started this blog, and I began doing some creative writing. It’s been a huge stress reliever, and it’s been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done.
Instead of arguing with myself that I’m not good enough or people won’t like things I write or judging myself because writing doesn’t really make money, I decided to write for me. I told myself that the joy of writing was enough, and it didn’t matter if I never had a blog subscriber or sold a book. I’ve loved every minute of it, and it’s also been incredibly gratifying to hear from people who like my work.
On that trip I also was inspired to deepen my yoga practice. I thought about how much different my life is when I practice yoga and meditation regularly, and decided to make it a priority. I started practicing, either at home or at class, nearly every day. I put out an intention to fully commit to yoga, and almost immediately the opportunity to sign up for a new Yoga Teacher Training cohort became available at my studio.
The old me would have thought, I’m too old or fat or introverted to take Yoga Teacher Training. New me said, screw it, take this opportunity that’s been given to you. And this weekend, we started classes. I can tell already I’m going to love it.
Something else major happened after I put out my intention to the universe — I unexpectedly had the opportunity to change jobs. An exciting opportunity came to me, and like my yoga teacher talked about, I had to decide whether to accept what was offered.
I thought about how much I like my current job and all the things I still wanted to do there. Then I thought about how exciting the new job sounded, and all the possibilities that would lie ahead. I felt a lot of gratitude to have the choice between two excellent positions. After much reflection, I decided to accept what came to me as a result of putting my intentions out to the universe, and soon I’ll start my new adventure. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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