I think oftentimes in life we get tunnel-vision. We spend our lives searching for meaning, searching for our 𝘸𝘩𝘺, trying to decide on an 𝘦𝘯𝘥-𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭 or destination for our journey.
And while I think setting goals and aiming to achieve them is healthy, productive and “good,” I think if we become too focused on our perceived goal we miss out on all of the transformational magic interlaced within the journey to it.
I chose to do my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training following a traumatic brain injury and career change, during a tumultuous time in my journey. I was working part time, going to school full time and doing YTT all while recovering from my injury and handling other health concerns.
And all the while I was feeling really motivated, really focused on my 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭 of teaching yoga regularly in a private studio. I did the “work” — the journaling, the meditating, the reading, the visualizations —
But at the end of my training, I was told I wasn’t ready to teach yet. My teachers were explaining to me the simple things I should adjust before teaching a public class along with the simple fact that at the time I was generally an inexperienced yoga practitioner — even stating that I would be a great yoga teacher and they wanted to continue working with me on my practice.
But I didn’t see that. I didn’t see the magic of the journey I was about to go on. I couldn’t see how much I would grow as a yogi, teacher, student and individual. I couldn’t see how much my practice and devotion to the divine and my higher-self would grow in those few months of extra training.
I couldn’t see how the idea for Ultraviolet would come to me during a yoga class in svasana, with tears rolling down my face. Or how ideas for class-plans would start coming to me in the check-out line at the grocery store. I couldn’t see that I would end up with the blessing to teach, teaching a donation class and raising $400 for a charity. I couldn’t see the deepening of connections with those around me as I began to shed the skin of who I once was —physically and mentally— to create space for who I am now.
Goal-setting is important, yes. But don’t let tunnel-vision blind you from the beauty of the present moment. There is so much magic in the journey, if you allow yourself to tap into it your end destination may just change into somewhere more beautiful, more 𝘜𝘭𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘵, than you ever imagined.
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