In Yoga, we aim to cultivate a quality of breathing that has three defining characteristics; slow, steady and deep. I say this daily in my yoga classes but it applies equally to most circumstances and situations and serves well as a mantra for life.
I’m about six months into my passion pursuit as owner, operator of The Yoga Tree in Auckland, New Zealand. This goes some way to explaining how I’ve virtually disappeared since my last post about Wanderlust. There have been many days since, where I’ve felt my breath has been anything but calm and under control yet here I am; stilling breathing, still blogging and still in business.
Like having a child, nothing can really prepare you for a life of self employment. You are utterly dependent on your own mettle, wit and ambition to keep you afloat. It’s scary, hernia inducing stuff. I’ve been fortunate to have supporters to keep my spirits up when they were down and to encourage me when fear and self-doubt took over. The students too, amazing wells of encouragement.
It’s all part of the process I suppose but it’s no less difficult when you question whether you were really sane leaving everything that is secure and known for total uncertainty. Hence the breathing and the necessity of going it slow, plumbing the depths, being consistent.
Steadiness with ease….It’s something we also strive for in yoga and those lessons have also served me well as a fledgling entrepreneur. Getting better, AT ANYTHING, takes time and patience. You just keep showing up, you bring your best, and you persevere without self judgement if possible. That last bit is the tricky part. The Ego loves to mess with your mind. The silent voice of your egoless Self doesn’t judge. It quietly pats you on the back and tells you everything is going to be okay.
Listen to that one next time you doubt yourself or question whether you are mad for wanting to chase a dream or build a better life for yourself.
It is never a straight line to success. Far from it. In pictorial terms, it will resemble a one year old’s self portrait as shown above.
My top tips? Simply put:
1)Write down your goals.
2) Visit and revise frequently.
3) Do things that make you happy and calm to give your strength to do the hard work.
4) Never give up.
5) Surround yourself with positive, happy, supportive people who believe in you and aren’t afraid to give you honest advice.
6) Trust. Trust in the process. Trust yourself to make good decisions, especially those that come from heart and aren’t motivated by just the desire to make money.
The money comes eventually, first and foremost, find your flow.