That which we resist, persists

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Christy Marsden1Happy June! As I was considering what to write this month, I kept getting the same message over and over. That which we resist, persists. I have heard this over and over again from my own teachers and also teach it myself. However, as simple as it may sound as a concept, it is not something that comes easily to most of us.

We are taught early in life to separate things into good and bad. Then, as life unfolds, we are encouraged by examples from others to complain about and resist the things that we deem as bad and to celebrate and rejoice in the things we deem as good. Rather than learning the skills needed to navigate this ever changing world, we are taught to fight it when it doesn’t look they way we want. And by fighting, we create tension in all areas of our lives.

Life is constantly in motion and it is so easy to get caught up in the endless play of matter and form as it dances around us. Attaching ourselves to our thoughts and the way we want things to be creates more and more resistance to that which is. And the more we resist something, the more it sticks around just trying to get through us. Life hardly ever unfolds exactly as we think it should. However, the fact that it doesn’t is the source of so much unhappiness for so many of us.

By resisting that which is before us, we create tension in our mind and in our body. We block the experience of now and wish for it to be something else and in doing so, we suffer. However, life can and will only be what it is. As Eckhart Tolle says, we might as well get friendly with the Now. If we can adjust our perception and attitude about what is happening and simply allow it to be, we soften our edge and therefore create an okay-ness with what is happening right now and in that allowing we create a more enjoyable life.

Yoga helps us to soften the resistance which comes in the form of tightness in the body as well as rigidity in the mind. When we practice yoga, we learn to breath through what comes without fighting it. The practice of consciously moving, breathing and allowing on the mat prepares us to breathe, move and allow in our everyday life…in every moment. There is no use fighting. Life is going to happen as it will, so we might as well allow it to do so and get friendly with it because here it is, like it or not.

We have so many wonderful workshops coming up over the next few months and as much as I am so grateful to be able to travel back and forth between two homes, I am most bummed about missing all the great things we have coming up!

With infinite love and gratitude…