Last night I went to yoga. My second class of the term. At this time anything that is a “second” has added significance. Not a small thing that the teacher knows my name, continues a thread of teaching – specific to my own capacity – from the class before.
For here, so much is new. It’s hard to remember so many “firsts”, day after day. There is a thrill to all this. Like a child, there’s enthusiasm and novelty in the every day.
Then, there is the extra energy needed each day to navigate how things get done. To establish credibility in a land where I have no track record. To make a life here, set up home, begin business.
Also, like a child, some days I become over stimulated and spent. Yet I am not a child. And I have cause to reflect that I am new, not a novice.
We all face new things, new situations, all the time. It is one of the wonders of being alive. It could be a new relationship, a new job, a new home, a new interest, meeting someone for the first time. It may not be anything visible to others. It could be new ideas, new learning, new behaviours.
As we begin, we do not start from scratch. Each of us bring, to anything new, the accumulated know-how of all that has gone before. Yet, in our desire to get on with the new, we often skip an important aspect.
The value of raising our self-awareness around what I am, who I am – in the present. We can do this by taking time to reflect and take stock.
- Who am I now?
- What have I learned, about myself, about being involved in the world, that I can bring to this new situation?
- Whilst feeling the pressure to prove or establish myself, how do I share my authenticity?
By doing this, we balance the animation, the excitement, the fears that can accompany anything new, with appreciation and recognition of what already is.
We integrate as we embark on the new. And this sets us on the path to self mastery. New. Not novice.
All original material copyright 2015 manifestmylife
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