Opening the Mind

Today was day 3 of my new journey and my 30 days of yoga. Part of this challenge is to discover different things about myself. And my first big lesson that I’ve stumbled upon is that I don’t have as open a mind as I’ve always prided myself on.

First off, the obvious: preconceived notions. As a dancer and former barre instructor, I always looked at yoga as more of a meditation experience than a workout. Boy, was I wrong! On day 2 I woke up feeling somewhat sore, so I had my tumeric tea latte to reduce the inflammation in my joints and muscles and went about my day. It wasn’t until later in the afternoon when I attended my second day in a row of yoga class that I really felt the burn in my muscles as I attempted chatarunga. Not only did I feel it in my arms and shoulders, but also in my quads and core as I lowered my body to just hovering above the floor. I even felt a shake begin in my muscles as I held eagle pose.

Then today, I ended up in a private yoga class just by chance. I felt very sure that I would impress my instructor, Kristen, with my form even though I still consider myself a newbie. But she made a ton of corrections. And let me tell you, it felt so good. I enjoyed more of a stretch and discovered the correct way to chatarunga into a downward dog. So first lesson learned – yoga ain’t for sissies.

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My cat, Sherlock, teaching me to stop and smell the roses.

But the big life lesson here: keeping an open mind about what I want in life.

Since I was a little girl I wanted to be in show business. First it was as an actor, then I wanted to be a writer, then journalism, then TV. And maybe this is just the quarter-life crisis I might be experiencing, but I’ve never sat down and outlined exactly what I want out of life. Once I’ve discovered something I enjoy and I’m good at, I just dive in head first.

But I argue that as a millennial, I have never had the luxury of mapping out my future. From day one my generation was told that we can be anything we want to be and to go after it aggressively, but we weren’t told what it was going to take to get there. And though I’m willing to do the work, as I think most millennials are, not knowing what it takes does us a disservice.

And now is the time to stop, breathe and open my mind so I can discover what’s most important to me and what it’s going to take for me to get to that ideal life. I am just lucky that I have an amazing husband and family (I’m including my two cats here) that support me unconditionally throughout this journey I’ve undertaken.

I’d love to hear if anyone is going through something similar. So if you have a comment, share it below in the comments section or drop me a line on my Facebook page.

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