I hope you had a marvellous Christmas. I had the best time in Egypt, plugged onto the sunshine, resting. As we approach the end of the year and the decade, many of us reflect on what we have done in the time period that closes and set goals for the future. We set and face challenges. I know some amazing people, dear and close to me, that seem to have a larger share than others and for the past few years they have been a constant source of inspiration and learning.
Setting and facing challenges is a real skill. How does one set the right challenge, one that is not a defeat from the moment we think about it and the timeline we give ourselves? How do we make what we do challenging enough, but also nurturing, fulfilling, rather than something that will deplete us or another problem added to our lives? How do we face the challenges thrown at us, where can we get strength from?
I have learned a few things about facing challenges from my yoga practice: if it presents itself to me, I can take it on, no matter how difficult I consider it to be. If I can contain it in my consciousness, it is smaller than me. Another important lesson has been that things take their time to resolve. We live in a hasty and impatient culture but nature always takes its time. It is important to respect this.
Yoga also has taught me about setting goals and challenges for myself. I listen to what is needed, rather than adopt an external idea. I rarely have more than one goal, and look at all the possible things I can do to address it. Before choosing the one thing I will actually do, I make sure I check what the reality of it is, otherwise, I will tend to be either too positive or too negative about it. Have I successfully managed similar challenges before? How? We all have what we need to set and face challenges. It is already within us.