“The word of the day is ‘will,’ meaning ‘the faculty of conscious choice and deliberate action,” my yoga instructor said last night to a room full of aspiring yogis who sat with eyes closed, legs crossed, backs straight, pulses steady.
I sat front and center on my blue mat, listening to her voice and letting her words sink in. She has a way of saying exactly what my spirit needs to hear, always, and this moment was no exception. I hadn’t been to yoga in months, and as I laid down to rest at the end of our practice, I asked myself, “Why? Why did I stop doing this?” Somehow, I’d lost the will to continue the practice, the work of turning inward, connecting to my body and my spirit. I stumbled and wavered, but today, after months of struggle, I think I’m back on the path.
Outside Yoga Oasis Central, Tucson, Ariz.; May 6, 2012
It is easy to stray, to let old patterns work their way back into our lives, to forget where we were headed and get distracted along the way. Sometimes, we lose the will to continue toward, through, within our vision. Yet we can always unearth and renew that will inside of us, if we make the conscious choice to do so.
Outside Cafe Desta, Tucson, Ariz.; May 6, 2012
“You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”
Will yourself onward, live deliberately today, tomorrow, and every moment afterwards.