I saw Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues sing last night. He sang a song called "What You Resist Persists" and, I thought, we certainly know that is true in yoga!
Pigeon pose is a great example of this. Pigeon pose is definitely a hip opener as well as a mind opener. If we resist letting go and relaxing in pigeon, the pose becomes an obstacle for the body and the mind. And this feeling will persist until you transition out. But when we allow ourselves to let go and relax into the pose, a new awareness unveils itself to us. The pose is no longer an obstacle but an evolution.
The chorus of the song says, "Cause what you resist persists/
I just let it go, let it flow".
That is the message we need to embrace on and off our mats.
One of the issues with resistance is found in its definition: "the attempt to prevent something by action or argument."
When all our energy is being poured into resistance, our mind stays focused on the object of our resistance. The Law of Attraction is going to be very happy to follow your train of thoughts and bring you more of your object of focus because like attracts like. The Law of Attraction doesn't do this in a vengeful, I'm going to get you kind of way; this Law wants to give you exactly what you ask for and your thoughts are requests whispered to the Universe.
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists." Eckhart Tolle
"Today I choose not to struggle anymore, today I choose not to fight against the whole universe, against what is, against the present moment, and I allow things to just happen and I know that by doing this I will in fact allow myself to grow and develop as a human being. Today I say Yes to the Universe!" purposefairy.com