It felt as though my body would at any moment collapse underneath me. I tried with all my might to hold strength but too much time has passed and I found myself no longer able to do what I once did with great ease. My breath was heavy, like I was pumping away in some sadistic spin class.
You’d think I was in one of those extreme CrossFit classes – you know the ones...with the big fat tires and ropes and the chiseled-bodied instructor who looks like he/she could be perched on a marble pillar in some museum. Nope, I was in a yoga class. Can you believe that?!!?! A freakin yoga class! Holding plank might as well have been the exertion of strength and power required for pulling a Mack Truck in one of those strongest man competitions. Had it really been that long? Am I really that sore...FROM YOGA!?
But in the midst of my trembling arms and weakening wrists, the instructor said something that really made me think (I know...a no no in yoga, but let’s just say I mediated on it – sound better?)
She said the word “discernment” – the ability to judge and perceive right from wrong.
Dr. April, one of the panelist from the Big. Bold. You. Women’s Forum (January 2015) said something to me that I want to share with you – often when faced with a situation or a decision, we turn to our mind (think yellow legal notepad and two columns: Pros & Cons) but often our body will tell us if we just pay attention.
Less & More
I loved my job in financial services – I loved the people, the analysis, the numbers. But something was missing. And looking back I can see how my body was telling me what needed to change. But my analytical side failed to discern. Granted, this wasn’t a right or wrong type decision but “what do I need more of and what do I need less of in life?”
It’s just difficult to see when you’re so close to the situation – whether it’s in your personal or professional relationships, your pattern with money or your attention to your wellbeing. My one goal with The Moxie Project is to help light the way and bring into focus all that belongs in your life, all the while eliminating that which does not.
In the meantime, pay close attention to your body and you might just find the ability for discernment.
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