I was stuck on despair a few days ago.
As as I processed through this challenging emotion, I reminded myself of the “S” step (in S.T.U.C.K.). That is, the importance of intentionally Stopping and taking a break from the busyness of the mind.
And when I did this, I basically came back to the same conclusion that I had several months ago: reaffirming that yes, this business idea is what I really want to be doing with my life. And, in order to do so, I must just move forward, be patient and keep an open-mind.
Yet, that’s not what the step of stopping is all about!
It’s not about reaffirming our life’s desires.
Rather, stopping is an opportunity to witness life as it unfolds, moment by moment, experience by experience.
And, there is a big difference between the two.
This revelation came to me (as most revelations always do) during my morning meditation sessions over the past three days.
I recognized two inter-related ideas of why I (and many others) may struggle with pausing:
1) In general, I think most of us believe we are in total control of our lives, when in actuality we are not. And, if we were to pause, it would mean we are not being responsible because it would mean we are wasting precious time as opposed to being busy doing something else.
2) Most of us are interested in seeing the immediate outcomes of life’s situations. So, if we allow ourselves to pause, for even a moment, we would presumably delay that outcome.
And so, the tendency is to not stop.
Not to pause.
But, when we do, life can appear differently.
And, incredibly interesting.
And almost magical.
And certainly gratifying.
Like two days after writing about being “stuck on despair”, when I received a phone call from one of the biggest hi-tech companies in the area (1200+ employees). A company that I didn’t even reach out to personally, but just passed my information on to a friend. A company that invited me to give 2 (not just 1) demo classes and will pay me full-price (not free sessions which I’ve been offering to other companies). A company who sees the value of my services. A company who is interested not only in my yoga, but my meditation classes. And, believe it or not, my mindful eating workshops as well. A company that has an incredible physical space to hold my yoga/meditation sessions. A company that wants to support their employees’ overall health.
And to think… I hardly did anything proactive to really get my foot in the door to this company.
It came to me with hardly any effort at all.
Don’t get me wrong.
I’m certainly not saying, let me lean back, kick my legs up, and wait for clients to come knocking down my door.
No, I’m far from saying that.
Instead, I’m just advocating the pause.
And, to be curious about it.
And allow those precious moments of the unknown to arise.
Without judging them.
Who knows? Maybe there won’t even be interest from any employees from this company.
I certainly can’t be stuck on expectations.
Or what about the two part-time job offers (unrelated to Yoga at Work) that came knocking at my doorstep this week?
And, continue to pause and watch life unfold as it is meant to be.
Whether it’s how we intended it to be or not.