“When I stop struggling, I float.”
As I sat in the backseat of a very bumpy tuktuk ride into downtown Kampot, Cambodia this morning, I began to reflect on letting go. I wanted to get up and leave because the ride was extremely bumpy through the jungle, I was alone, I was beginning to sweat, and I felt uncomfortable. Though I wanted to get out of the tuktuk and leave, I couldn’t– I had to sit and finish the ride until I reached my destination.
I, like most, like to be in control, comfortable, and predict exactly what’s coming next– that doesn’t work here. I’m in a foreign country where I don’t speak the language, I’m not familiar with directions, and I don’t have family & friends near, so I’m forced to let go and embrace the unknown and the journey.
Letting go is something that yoga has taught over the years because often:
- In class, everyone is doing the same pose and I feel like I look different or not as good as the others- I have to let go and embrace where my progress is currently.
- Some days meditating is harder than others and my thoughts are everywhere and I feel like I wasted my time– I have to let go and embrace where I am that day.
- The yoga teacher leads us in a pose I’m not familiar with that feels awkward in my body and I want to get out of it- I have to let go and embrace the weird feeling.
All these examples (plus plenty others) are constant practice of facing something I may not like then letting go and embracing what comes next.
There’s a yoga quote I like that reads, “Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.” Yes, flexibility is a benefit from a frequent yoga practice, but the biggest benefit is learning to be comfortable, free, and able to let go in any situation. Whether the situation is weird, unknown, or foreign to you– trying to let go and embrace the moment will help.
So, as I continue my journey in Cambodia eating new foods, traveling to places I’ve never been, getting lost, and facing my fears, I will continue to work on letting go and embracing this moment and ask that you join me. Even if you’re not 15 hours away from home in another country, everyday situations that pop up offer an opportunity to take the yoga we practice on our mat and turn them into principals we utilize off our mat.
Let go, embrace the moment, and trust that everything is coming together in its perfect timing.
Please comment below and share your thoughts on letting go or let me know if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi ?