“Let go of something that no longer serves you.” I’ve said that phrase in the beginning of every yoga class that I’ve taught so far. If I had more time in class, I would elaborate on that statement even more.
Change is something in life that is necessary for personal growth. However, many people try to resist change rather than embrace it. We tend to fear the unknown, so we find comfort in routine. When change comes around to disturb the peace, we start to get anxious.
Take a good look at your life right now. Are you happy, or are you content? Theres a big difference between being happy and being content. Being content means you’re ok with your situation. It could be better, it could be worse. When you’re happy, you wakeup every single day feeling like you’re exactly where you want to be. The mistake many people make is that they think life is a result of luck. They think “Well, this is the best I can do. This is what I’ve been given and I can’t change it.” They don’t have any faith in themselves or what they’re capable of.
Sometimes in order to get to a point in your life where you’re happy instead of content, you have to let go of something in your comfort zone. If you don’t let go, you’ll never evolve as a person. You’ll stay in the exact same place, or maybe you’ll slowly inch towards some sort of minor progress. I’ll share with you my own personal experience to make what I’m saying a little more clear.
About a year ago I had a career in NYC that I had envisioned for pretty much my entire life. I put in so much work, but I kept hitting a brick wall at every turn. I even got to the point where I my health was affected. Now most people would tell you “keep weathering the storm thats life!”, but I beg to disagree. I’m not saying to jump and make changes the second something goes wrong. What I’m saying is that if you put in the maximum amount of effort and things just aren’t falling into place, you have to take a look at your life and let go of something. For me, I had to let go of the comfort of having family and friends nearby. What I wanted deep down was a different type of lifestyle, but I wasn’t allowing myself to have it. I kept going back to the idea of having the comfort of familiar people around me and that stopped me from making changes for years.
I’ve been in a new town for two weeks now. Before I moved here, I didn’t know a soul. It definitely hasn’t been easy, but I have already encountered a lot of new and amazing people. If I knew people here, I don’t I would’ve allowed myself to open up new doors. I would’ve stayed with the familiar instead of branching out. Sometimes you miss out on beautiful opportunities by staying in your comfort zone.
So i’ll leave you with this thought: is there something in your life that you’re holding onto that isn’t allowing you to live the life that you want to live? Is it a job, a relationship, a limiting idea, an insecurity? Whatever it may be, all things are possible when you believe in yourself.