It was burning. It was shaking. The ache penetrated all the way down to my bones.
My arm had been up for 20 minutes at this point and there was no telling how much longer I would have to hold it there. 15 more minutes? 30 more minutes? Another hour?
The rule was to keep our arm up straight in front of us (zombie-style), until we were the last person in the room (of 300 people) to be able to keep it up. The goal? To win a prize valued at $10,000 (a private VIP day with one of my coaches).
My vision was clear. I wanted private time with this genius of a woman because I knew I would learn skills and content that would grow me into a better coach, better person, and better teacher.
20 minutes in. Half the room had sat down.
30 minutes in. I was one of 10 people left.
My yoga practice always has a way of showing itself at the most unexpected of times. Here I was, in a large conference event, dressed to the T with my coaching colleagues, and the only thing in my field of perspective was my third eye, and my breathe.
I’ll be honest with you. I had NO idea I could hold my arm up indefinitely. But truly, with my eyes closed, my vision clear, and my breath settled into a powerful ujayi rhythm, I could have absolutely held my arm up…for forever.
The pain actually subsided. 25 minutes in or so…I completely stopped noticing it. All I had was my vision and my breath. I even had a smile on my face. At that point, it didn’t actually matter if I won or if I lost. It was a complete surprise, but I actually learned a lesson in that moment that may have even been more powerful than a $10,000 VIP day, and here it is:
I am so much stronger than I realize.
And you, reader, are so much stronger than you realize. How would you live your day differently, and make decisions differently, if you had an opportunity to prove to yourself that your mind could tolerate the discomfort and resistance necessary sometimes in growing into your more authentic, vibrant, and thriving self? How would you push yourself in your physical practice (yoga, running, dancing, etc) if you could realize that your edge may be just a few breaths later than you initially think? Could you allow yourself to be so connected to your vision that you could give yourself the time and the space to prove to yourself your absolute inner strength???
In next week’s post, I will let you in on Surprise #2, and what ended up happening!
For the meantime, what is something you can do RIGHT NOW that you never thought you could do or do at the level that you would like to? Allow yourself the time and the space to consider it–and then go do it. Hold yourself accountable here in the below comment section. Can’t wait to hear from you!
Much love and Namasté!