Taking the plunge can elicit a thrill that feels tempting...yet the unknown of what may come is also pretty darn scary.
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
It’s hard when you can’t see the staircase. The “what if’s” settle in. The fears of what those future steps may hold are hard to grasp or overcome.
In the practice of yoga, for me, the simple act of taking a leap onto your mat is this practice of patience. Yoga postures like the headstand for instance, require space for pause, for surrender and for faith. Faith in yourself, your body and the safe space around you to catch you if you fall. When you leap into a pose, whatever it may be, you may be filled with doubt. The doubt of humility, the doubt in ourselves. The world around us constantly reinforces this doubt. I once read, “In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.”
Through breath and action, while believing what is not yet possible and into the stillness of whatever arises, you can move into your yoga pose. And then, whatever it looks like, you are there. You arrive.
That is the beauty of yoga. You simply, as Martin Luther King, Jr. says, take the first step.
Then there is the practice off the mat.
Taking this learning into daily life is a whole other leap.
How can we get off the ground and leap into something new?
It’s true that you can never know for sure whether you can actually shift your life in the direction in which you want to go; change is really difficult. Or, if you succeed, whether that change will be what you really want. But ultimately, if change is what you know you need, you have to just take the plunge, that leap of faith.
Yoda of Star Wars so eloquently stated,You do or don’t. There is no try.
But still, you may ask...how do you know?
It’s not as complicated as we’d like to think. If you know, you know.
The thing is, a leap of faith is NOT blind faith.
A leap of faith comes from your intuition.Your gut. That feeling that tells you...this is what you need to do.
It's an innate, deep knowing that just won't go away. It's a whisper that keeps calling to you. It's a passion, or an inspiration that draws you forward and you can’t...get out of your mind.
So the smart way is to prepare. Everything you can that helps you get to where you need to get to take the plunge. To leap into what is calling to you.
And once you've prepared as much as you can, if you notice you still have unanswered questions...then it all comes down to trusting yourself. And...having that faith.
Remember that you invest in faith, not fear. Fears don’t serve us. You trust yourself. And you dive in whole heartedly.
Many ancient cultures used stones to empower their intuition. The Tiger’s Eye is seen as the most authoritative of the eye stones. It is said to be a stone of intuition and insight that protects one from malice and jealousy and is also known to ground the solar energy into the earth which helps support our balance, vitality and spirituality. These traits closely link Tiger’s Eye to the Third Eye Chakra and the Throat Chakra.
The Third Eye Chakra is known to influence our vision, intuition and perception, including our psychic abilities. It is said to be an instrument to perceive the subtler qualities of reality and encourages us to see beyond the worldly illusions and distractions. Thus, leading to wisdom and illumination.
On the other hand, the Throat Chakra is responsible for expressing our voice, originality and authenticity. It gives us freedom to speak our truths and encourages us to explore knowledge and find a deeper meaning behind things and occurrences.
The Tiger’s Eye is a great instrument to help us take that leap of faith.
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And remember go for it, your heart is calling.