We made it to 2016, yogis! Today is the first page of the next chapter; the buzz is all about the future. What we're excited for. Heights we're reaching for. New businesses we're looking to start. Who we're trying to be when we grow up.
Our task for today is the same each year. Set goals, and aim high. Write them down on purpose. Set intentions that make you a teensy bit uncomfortable — and then rise to your own challenge. Shoot to accomplish things that make your heart sing.
But in the same breath, my challenge to you is simple:
Honor where you are right now.
To get where you are today — January 1st, 2016, you came from somewhere, and learned lessons that have prepared you for your next phase. This moment — this NOW — is worthy of your attention and your gratitude, because in the blink of an eye, it's gone and you're onto the next.
Melody Beattie summed this up for me a few days ago in her book "Journey to the Heart," (as she always does!), and I'd like to share that with you. In a world of Instagram Envy, this reading reminds us to stay grounded and in love with our own life — trusting that the next phase will come at just the right time. Our destiny isn't a far off idea that we might reach someday... it's now — today. January 1st, 2016.
How often we search outside of ourselves for some elusive moment, for an experience like someone else is having, for an emotion we’d like to feel but aren’t, at least not right now. How often we long to be somewhere other than where we are, or someone other than who we are. How easy it can be to complain about and regret our past, thinking it’s somehow wrong.
The answer is to fall in love— fall in love with our own life. Our destiny isn’t some far-off moment or something that happens to someone else. Our destiny is taking place right now. It’s been happening all along. Destiny is that mysterious force or energy that magically intertwines with choice, free will, and fate. Let all those elements weave together and create your life.
But know you can help to create it too, by falling in love with your own life. Love all the places you have gone and all the places you will go. Love the lessons you have learned and the way you have learned them.
Most of all, love where you are right now. Because that’s where your destiny lies.
Cheers to a new year... and instead of a searching for a new you, fall in love with who you are right now. And if you want to do some yoga? You know where to find us!
See you on your mat,
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mollie is a cheesehead transplant to Northwest Montana, with degrees in Retail and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, she lives off the grid, half the year in a Tiny House & half the year in a yurt — both of which she and her husband, Sean, built by hand. Nonprofit Executive Director by day, Mollie also owns and teaches at Yoga Hive — a chain of community yoga studios in the valley.