Do you ever find yourself wondering if there's something more to life? I know that I did years ago as I completed treatment for breast cancer and then scant weeks later bid my mother farewell. I held her hand in mine and placed my other hand over her heart as it took its last beat.
Life had given me many hurdles, and it seemed at the time that they were impassable. I wondered what the next step should be or even whether I wanted to take it.
We all have our stories and our hurdles to cross. What I know is that if not for a commitment to a yoga practice at that time, my life would not have changed. Deep down, I knew there was more. But honestly, I had not touched that place deeply in a long time. I was disconnected from my body and soul and disenchanted with life.
As I began to practice and to become truly present, I began to unravel. Sometimes it was small threads releasing and letting go. Sometimes it was vast and heavy cords being let go from my body. I had held on to so much over a lifetime, and it was time to let go. As the months went on and my practice progressed, so did the unraveling.
Now, I am not the person I was when I started. I hope I am never that person again: tightly wound shut and holding on for dear life to all the baggage stored in the cells of my body and the chambers of my mind.
My transformation was palpable to all who knew me. I was lighter and freer, and for the first time in years I could take a deep breath without the fear of unraveling from even an instant of letting go.
In my very first yoga class I began the work of excavating my authentic soul. The process continues to this day with each practice and with each unraveling.
My question for you is this: Do you have a new story to write? Is there something you need to let go of? Are you getting messages from your inner "knowing" that you are ignoring? How long before those messages become louder and the repair work gets deeper?
How can you begin the work of extracting your authentic self? Here are six things that worked for me: