Are you setting your sails for new adventures? Ready to leave the assumed safe harbor and sail out onto the ocean? Do you have a clear destination yet? If so, be prepared—the weather conditions and tides can change your initial planned direction. The ocean is ever changing. So are we. Our cells are renewing constantly. We can renew ourselves. We can even fall into the ocean and get out again. We can reset and start all over.
Sometimes it’s time for a change. Perhaps you can feel it. Yet, there is something holding you back. The unknown. Uncertainty. Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti challenges this apprehension and asks what we fear. How can you project something you don’t know? He concludes that it’s not possible to know what’s to come, and the fear is simply our projections; our thinking of what could go wrong. A good question to ask yourself at this point is: What does my pros and cons list look like?
If you have more pros than cons, you are likely moving into the new direction already. You believe in the change. You flow with excitement and seek or attract what you need for your journey. If you have more cons, perhaps you are simply reconsidering a change. What are you doubting? What if the list is a mirror of your beliefs? Can you change them? Can you change yourself? Can you reconnect with your shining, fearless self?
This exercise to reset and embrace change employs the use of breathing, poses, and self–perception. Challenge yourself and see where it takes you!
1. Burn the self. In yoga, there are rituals to “burn” the self (swa-ha). A good way to reset and light the fire in you is with Kapalabhati, the breathing technique of fire. It’s also a way to cleanse our bodily system.
a. Sit comfortably. Let the arms and shoulders relax beside you. Breathe in consciously.
b. Slowly shift the focus onto your exhale. Inhale deeply, and then exhale quickly and forcefully. Notice how you inhale again automatically. This is one cycle of breath.
c. Start with three sets of 10 cycles of breath. Over time, you can increase up to 80 cycles per round. Be gentle and go slowly. It’s important that you feel refreshed after the breathing, rather than exhausted.
2. Go back to basics. Find a simple and light exercise routine that works for you, whether it be yoga, walking, or Pilates. Create a space where you can practice consciously and comfortably. Be aware of how you feel during and after the exercise.
3. Expand your self-perception. Remember that you are a multifaceted individual capable of many things. Leaving your comfort zone, even in small ways, will awaken aspects of yourself that have previously lain dormant and unlock a world of new possibilities.