An invitation to go with the flow

Going with the flow during stressful times may help us more in the end than standing rigidly in resistance.  Often the path of least resistance gets us where we want or often need to go.

In our Type A dominant society, we hear a lot of advice on how to achieve success.  But what is success really?  To some it means having a lot of money, others it means being famous, yet some of us might say it’s living with health, meanings as individual as each and every one of us.

However, to achieve success the advice is to work hard, not give up, keep at it – never quit.  Yet this is a rather rigid ideal.  We need to also pause, step back, and look at the big picture and make sure that all this striving is still serving our personal definition of success.  Is our own life purpose being cultivated or are we living and working around someone else’s ideas?

When we are living to someone else’s ideals our body will let us know – it will rebel in some way.  We will feel it as anxiety, depression, headaches, digestive disorders, and a whole myriad of physical or mental maladies.

Becoming less rigid and allowing some time for exploration down other paths helps us to find out more about who we are.  My successful life doesn’t have to look like your successful life.  Alternatively what we each perceive and failing and quitting in others is possibly an entirely false rigid stance.

So while the storms of our life rage – even beyond our current storm, we must learn to adapt, be flexible, and look to the possibility of life beyond the storm because we are able to go with the flow and not fight it.

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I'm a lab rat turned yogi. My interests lie in how yoga and meditation can help healthcare workers (and other frontline workers) relieve both physical and mental stress. Other interests include green living, clean eating, minimizing chemical exposure in our homes, and finally finding inner peace while minimizing anxiety.

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