I’ve been reading the most amazing book. It is about money, but more so about self-limiting beliefs and the thoughts, emotions, and resulting non-action that sabotage a fantastic life and keep us from stepping fully into great abundance, big love, and more. That the more we listen to and trust the heart’s truth, the more we also drum up excuses and hesitate because of old beliefs that keep us afraid and stuck in the old. We love the evil that we know, even if it is toxic and killing us.
I have now spent some years navigating the labryinth of my own stale belief systems, and am seeing great results. I know this process of growth to be worthy of the effort. But I’ve admittedly stayed stuck in other areas of my life too.
I am kicking myself, finally seeing myself (again), and also showing myself compassion as I realize I HAVE done a lot of work. But now feels like the right time to hustle from a jog to a run to kick the heck out of the old beliefs still pinning me down.
Bit by bit, the universe has pushed me to this place. And the universe is not always as merciful as we would like! Over and again, we are always given the choice to “move from a place of fear or from a place of faith”(Niequist) as people and experiences present themselves. For many years, I admittedly moved from a place of fear, at times repeating mistakes, and re-living the same old storylines just with new characters on stage, feeling conflicted or confused.
A number of new people have dropped into my life as of late, each wanting to connect in ways that will push me hard. I hesitate responding to the calls. Fear. The universe just keeps delivering, and I keep getting a choice. In this growth, I am truly comprehending energy work in its deepest sense, subconscious hardwiring and behavioral tendencies, and the toil and relief of progressing the subconscious until it breaks and surrenders. I am so uncomfortable, and yet I’m mysteriously fully engaged.
I have yelled the cosmic “Uncle!”; I’m no longer willing to be enslaved to old beliefs in regards to abundance, love, freedom, possibility.
Hence, I am no longer willing to settle.
Now I choose to give myself #permissiontopause to do the messy, hard work that is required of a life worth living. A life that is authentic, custom-designed, but certainly not always easy. Confronting ourselves is rarely easy work, but is always worth it in the end. While the world has unexplainable darkness for sure, the universe is largely a bountiful, generous place.
If we are not receiving fully in our lives, then perhaps it is time to take a hard look at why.
And when anyone asks me how to start the shift, which they do, I advise four simple words “Pour love into it.” When I am confused, afraid, angry, resentful, impatient, lost, or otherwise, I try to step back and pour love into it. I allow fear to be my guide, but to walk with love into the unknown – which means my soul is peaceful no matter how steep and rocky the path may be.
How have you settled, I ask?
It is an intensely personal question, one that I encourage you reflect on, and honor your truth as you answer.
We are in our final days to register for Blue Nectar Yoga’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training which begins September 15, 2017. I am the lead facilitator, with Hillary Spruell as my co-lead this season. Our esteemed faculty members are the Blues you know best: Rachel, Charles, Holly, Carrie, Allison, and Claire. Blue’s Yoga Teacher Training is known for being a strong mix of pedagogical content and personal journey.
This teacher training is one of the joys of my life for so many reasons, but the best part is watching the relationships that get built and last for a lifetime. This training will shift your trajectory, it will change your life.
There is one information session left on Wednesday, September 13 at 7pm, but only 4 spots remain in the program. If you have any questions or prefer to speak with me directly, you need only e-mail me at email@example.com.
In the meantime, regardless of the tools or path you choose, my wish for you is to never settle. Expect the unexpected and stretch bigger than you thought yourself capable of.
If you need a little support along the way, just come on in and roll out your mat at Blue.
About the author:
Jane Bahneman is the owner of Blue Nectar Yoga Studio in Falls Church, Virginia (www.bluenectaryoga.com) and has been speaking publically and teaching yoga for nearly two decades. Jane’s teaching style is described as soulful and down-to-Earth. She owns Jane Bahneman Consulting, (www.janebahneman.com) focusing on business strategy, coaching, and leadership education services. Jane serves on the American Council on Exercise Industry Advisory Panel and the Advisory Council for the Association of Fitness Studios. Her certifications include: ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist; NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist; ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor; AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor; Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and Prenatal-RYT; Spinning and Keiser Cycling Certified. Jane can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.