Consider the situation in your life that makes your face scrunch up and your angst rise. At work, it might be a certain teammate. At home, the juggling act of dinner, packing lunches, and laundry all at once. On your yoga mat, it might be that one pose that gets under your skin.
Can we agree that in these moments, we are far from our best? And if we aspire towards less stress and more joy, how can we create a better way? I call this a choice to LIVE BIG! Living big isn’t about scaling Mount Everest; it is about what we do moment by moment in an ordinary day.
I suppose we can always simply choose to avoid challenging moments. Or we can war our way through them; grimacing and throwing mental darts. But these options do not sound like a choice to LIVE BIG.
So what does LIVE BIG mean? To me it means eyeing those face-scrunching, angst-rising, skin-crawling situations through a new lense; seeing them as an opportunity to shift your state of being. In that moment, choose to slow down, breathe, and see possibility – for a better way and for personal growth. To lighten, smile, and accept.
If you pay attention to your thoughts, I am willing to bet you will find the story you tell yourself is far worse than the facts surrounding it. What does that mean? It means our minds are creating an alternative world and we are allowing ourselves to get stuck in its story. All the while the real world with real facts is ambling along waiting for us to get it together and rejoin the party.
Getting through something is not enough – we must embrace grace, possibility, and growth. We must balance our aspiration with acceptance of where we are today. We must break the habitual thought cycles to create space for a new perspective. In yoga, we call this “finishing the pose.” It is the art of learning to calm ourselves and tap into our highest self in the midst of the storm. It is a choice to create more joy; a choice to shrug off resistance; a choice to LIVE BIG.