Do one thing a day that scares you…
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.