What part of human nature compels us to accept a challenge? Perhaps it triggers a sense of self-preservation or self-worth? To create purpose? To prove something to someone or yourself? I think the answer is simply, survival. At some point in life (hopefully more than once), accepting a challenge is essential for survival of body and mind. If we progress through life without purposefully doing this, outside energy will conform our direction, and slowly edit the words of our daily life story. I don't know about you, but I want full energy and awareness when deciding how I eat, breathe, work and play. Lately, casual indecision has sucked me into nonchalantly following the path of outside forces. Although I do trust the "heartbeat" of the universe, I cannot let it guide me blindly. "The moment you stop accepting challenges is the moment you stop moving forward." And I will add, is also the moment your life may come to a staggering halt, whether you felt the sunshine leave your face, or not. But here, in this empty space I've apparently created, (if you've read Clarissa Pikola Estes's book "Women Who Run With Wolves", you may further understand this next part) is where I can begin to piece together the bones of the wild-woman.
I've decided to take this rare moment of inspiration and actually doing something with it. In order to bring more self-fulfillment, joy and success to my life, I'll be participating in challenges (one after another, big or small), and calling them Footstep Challenges! I've named them this to remind me of what my dad often says. We used to hike in the White Mountains frequently each year, and there was always a point close to the summit where I'd feel like I couldn't go any further. He would say, "one step at a time". Footsteps will bring us there fast or slow, either way, we get there. And it always feels good at the summit!
My first Footstep Challenge: The 39 Day Yoga Progress Project (Yoga By Candace - amazing blog, by the way). This challenge focuses on flexibility and deepening the refinement of a particular pose (yogi's choice). I am choosing to refine four asana's rather than just one. Each pose will come with two or three photos to show progress. No expectations, no ego, no self-judgements. Just yoga!
I invite friends and family to do this with me, or perhaps choose your own personal challenge!
Hello, I'm Julie.
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