April 12, 2010

No Expectations

As I delved further into my yoga practice I recognized the need to let go of my expectations. Once upon a time I  dwelled upon what wasn't going right in my life rather than what is. I spent a lot of  time trying to figure out where I went wrong, what I did wrong, what I didn't do, and why things seemed so hard.

Then about a year and a half ago I realized I haven't done anything wrong. This is my path. As I open myself up to receive the lessons designed for me it seems life is not so hard. I just have to listen and be aware. I let go of my expectations, let go of the destination and have begun to enjoy the journey.  Through this process I have gained faith, empathy, and love. Being open to a path I hadn't thought of, planned on or expected as brought me an amazing bliss.

In the last week my father became very ill, the type of condition that if not caught could have been fatal. I have to say this is the scariest thing that I have been through as an adult. I was forced once again to realize that things can change in a heartbeat. The life you know is not guaranteed to last.  As trite as it may be I will take this opportunity to ask that you all enjoy your journey, love each day. You never know when your path will change and the best way to be ready is by not expecting the destination but cherishing the journey.


Donna Freeman said...

Thank you for the reminder of how precious life is - I will treasure the moments and rejoice in the life I have been blessed to live.

John Besmer said...

Very well said. It can be so simple if we allow it to be. I think a lot about rivers and how they just go where they need to go. As a result, there are peaceful rivers. And there are angry rivers too. But there are no confused rivers. That's the secret of rivers.

I hope your dad is doing better.

Tali said...

I love that analogy. Thank you :)

Tali said...

Thanks for reading it Donna, I am glad you enjoyed the post. :)

Bob Weisenberg said...

Hi, Tali. Great insights you have here.

As I'm sure you know, this is a main point of the Bhagavad Gita. I hope you will join us for http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/04/gita-talk-1-first-assignment-read-the-introduction/

Your blog reminded me of my Dad:

Namaste tonight?


Tali said...

Hi Bob,
Thanks for your comment. I will definitely be joining the discussion group for the Bhagavad Gita but won't make Namaste tonight.