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How do you know if what you are about to do next is what you are supposed to do? The thing that will be for your highest good, propel you towards the life of your dreams? Or at least not result in catastrophe or other unpleasant outcomes.

This morning I woke up remembering that there was a free yoga in the park event today at 9 a.m. I hadn’t signed up for it yet, but it was in my calendar and I told myself yesterday that if I got up in time, I might try to make it.

I didn’t set my alarm or anything, since these days I am all about getting the maximum amount of sleep (I slept for nine hours last night – go me!). But I woke up a little more than an hour before the event.

Getting excited that I could possibly make it (the town is only about 15 minutes away), I hopped on the website to see if I could sign up. I did, and then got a message that they would be contacting me shortly.

Unfortunately there wasn’t an automatic email message, and the exact address of the park wasn’t included in the event information. I called the studio, but no answer (not surprising, since the first class wasn’t until 9 a.m.).

So, I sat there. My phone telling me if I left at that moment I would arrive at 8:51 a.m. But I still wasn’t ready. And I still didn’t know at which park exactly the outdoor yoga would be taking place.

I had a choice to make. I could try to rush around, brushing my teeth, washing my face, throwing on yoga clothes, grabbing my yoga mat. Only to arrive with probably no minutes to spare, and the possibility that the location I was thinking was right was actually wrong.

Suddenly, this thought came to mind: “I feel like I am trying to force this.” And bam. I shut down the GPS app on my phone, and decided to move on with my day.

Don’t Force It

A friend told me a while back “don’t force it.” That stuck with me. Although I don’t always remember to live by this wisdom, it came back to me this morning and helped me make the choice that was best for my life in the moment.

There was a part of me that so wanted to go enjoy outdoor yoga on this beautiful spring day. And that was thinking how this outdoor yoga class would be great material for a blog post, since I am aiming to post everyday for the month of April.

But I also could have planned it out better. And, there will be other outdoor yoga classes.

I am still working on developing my personal sense of intuition. I know that I don’t want to feel rushed and hectic – ever – if I can help it. Who does?

Sitting for a few moments, weighing the pros and cons of my options, helped me to make the choice that helped me feel the most peaceful. And gave me an idea for a blog post anyway.

Feel Good Choices

While I am aiming to post everyday in the month of April, I already missed one day. In the past, I have gotten upset when I missed a day here or there of one of my blogging challenges. This past Thursday, I let it go.

I told myself that it doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things if I don’t post today because I am not feeling it. And I moved on with my day.

The whole purpose of my blog is about feeling better. So why would I let it make me feel bad? Same thing goes for yoga. Who wants to feel rushed and stressed about getting to a yoga class on time? The opposite of yoga.

I am starting to understand even more this whole concept of intuition. I have heard a lot of talk about seeing how something feels in your gut as a way to make decisions.

I don’t know that I am all that in tune with my gut just yet, but my thoughts seem to be sharpening a bit to help guide me in the right direction. Once I realized which choice felt better, the decision to go to yoga or skip blogging for the day became a no-brainer.

We are meant to feel good. Whether that is through yoga, walking, napping, or doing nothing at the moment.

I feel like “don’t force it” should be one of those things everyone is taught at a very early age. Avoidance of stress and heartache and a lot of other unpleasant stuff would ensue.

Have you had to make a choice to let go of something that you might have otherwise forced? Please share your thoughts! 

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  1. Meg Evans Apr 12, 3:48 pm

    Yes, if young children were taught “don’t force it,” then we wouldn’t have such a stressed-out society. Whenever I notice something that does not feel right, I ask myself whether I really need to do this now, or do it at all, or whether there’s a more comfortable way to do it. Almost everything has at least one alternative!

    1. anniehurley Apr 13, 3:21 pm

      so true Meg!


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