Do one thing a day that scares you…

by theyogagypsy

Who knew that a  Lululemon bag could be such a  source of inspiration?  The words of advice that my eyes are drawn to most often:  “Do one thing a day that scares you.”  Fear is a reoccurring theme in my conversations lately.  As in — why is there so much of it?

During a recent weekend at Midwest Power Yoga, we discussed fear and how it shows up while teaching a class.  We were told that “it’s just a bodily sensation — you can’t put it in a bucket.”  Those bodily sensations usually means we are about to approach our edge, do something new.  I like to think of it as jumping through a portal.

When did we become so fearful?  Our first broken bone?  Becoming parents?  Middle age? Watching the evening news?  The list goes on . . .

I’ve worked, yes worked, on welcoming my edge lately.  Maybe not every day, but at least once a week.

Last week while skiing in Utah, I took a chair lift to the highest peak.  I proceeded to tumble my way down a  double black diamond trail.  I was reminded that while I may ski well, I still fall fast and hard.  I laughed my way down to safer territory and felt exhilarated for the rest of the day. I found my edge and fell right into it.

Yesterday morning in yoga class I was in wheel posture when I felt my teacher lean her leg into mine, felt her arms supporting my back, and I stood up.  HELLO!  “Now what?” I asked.  “Bend backwards” she replied.  With her support, I did.  Sometimes it’s that simple.  Take a risk, small or large.  It might not actually result in getting you someplace  different.  I was still on my mat, but I was also beyond my edge.