More times than I am willing to admit, I am attached to the way things are. On a recent trip, I took a yoga class at the local studio. Now you would think that I would be willing to go with the flow, especially in a yoga class, but I found myself becoming mildly irritated.
It was a lovely yoga studio with a pleasant instructor and a friendly group of people. And yet I found myself irritated. I can sum up my irritation in one sentence:
They don’t do things here the way I am used to them.
It seems kind of ridiculous to expect that this class would resemble my usual class. My rational brain dismisses that idea immediately. But another part of me secretly wants them to be the same. It’s the part of me that compares and judges and evaluates.
We want things to be the way we want them, rational or not. We are attached to the status quo. Introduce a little change and it creates a ripple that we often resist.
Sure there is some comfort in the familiarity of the way things are. But the more attached we are to that, the more likely we miss the other opportunities that are right in front of us. When we hold on to what is or what should be, we don’t allow ourselves to enjoy the moment at hand. We don’t risk exploring something that might be even better than what currently is. Maybe we are afraid that the new thing won’t be as good as the old thing. That fear means we miss out on all the things that are even better.
Change is a good thing. When you find yourself resisting it, ask yourself:
What am I attached to?
Then take a breath and let go, even if it’s only for a moment or two. Our willingness to let go of the things we hold onto so tightly, or to try something new, or to take a risk, creates the space for possibility.
In the end it was a good yoga class. I stretched in more ways than one.
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