I had been sitting at the table for hours helping with homework when it occurred to me I didn't have a yoga theme yet planned for this morning. My son said, "Yes you do. You just don't know it yet."
That made me think of all the times I tell people you really do have all the answers you need within you. I am certain many figuratively shake their heads and think, no I don't. But we do have all the answers we need for us (not for everyone else, mind you!). But we just may not know or recognize them yet.
“I don't get it,' Caroline said, bemused. 'She's the only one with wings. Why is that?'
There were so many questions in life. You couldn't ever have all the answers. But I knew this one.
It's so she can fly,' I said. Then I started to run.”
― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
There are so many questions in life, but we do have all the answers. She didn't have wings because her answer was to run. Where we get hung up is in our expectations of what the answers should be. If I am thinking she has wings so I should have wings, I am stuck in the cycle of thought that I should have wings. Even if a wise friend were to say, no you have legs, you should run, I probably wouldn't hear them because I am so focused on wings, right?
Where has your focus led you? Are you stuck in a thought process and seems to not have an answer? Could it be you are focused on the wrong answer???
Take yoga, for example. The yoga poses are not the answer to yoga. They are a distraction for your ego mind so you can push thoughts aside and get to your answers. But if I am on mat and all I see are my legs and arms moving into poses, it is as though I am focused on the idea of wings again. When I move past the cyclical thought that yoga is about poses and transitioning to poses and conquering poses, then I am able to see the true answer that yoga is more about the spiritual and mental bodies than the physical. And that is where we keep all the answers...inside with our Higher Self, not outside stuck in handstand.
Write down five things that your mind has been stuck on lately. My mind has definitely been focused on something I refuse to give power to by saying it or writing it down because I do believe what you think or say is what comes back to you. But, I will tell you it's about the illness that has leached here from Africa. And as I was describing it on my piece of paper, I suddenly realized my "wrong answer". I should not be focused on that...I should be focusing on health.
What did you write down? How can you turn it around so you are left with a positive answer? Now that I have a new focus and a mantra of "thank you for my family being healthy", I feel stronger and have shifted my vibration into a more positive state.
“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”
― Neil Gaiman
After I sat down and wrote this this morning, I took the dog for a walk and added this next part; I honestly do not make this stuff up! Izzo and I were walking and he suddenly went into stalk mode. His steps slowed, his ears went up and his gaze locked onto something up ahead. I tightened my gripon the leash preparing for a greyhound take off. Did you know it only takes a greyhound three or four strides from standing to hit 45mph? I looked ahead trying to find the rabbit he had spotted or the cat or the squirrel. I did not see any one of those things. As we moved stealthily closer to whatever he was locked in on, a bird suddenly flew from the ground into a tree and he jumped trying to follow. I laughed and told him out loud that the problem he faced was the bird had wings where he only had legs, which all proved to offer a different answer to the question in his head, can I catch that bird?