“The more important an activity is to your soul’s evolution, the more resistance you will feel.”~Steven Pressfield
Most mornings, I arise before my family, and slip through the inky darkness to my meditation cushion. I receive the dawn in silence and gratitude. This practice has become the glue that holds my mental health together, and the catalyst for tremendous spiritual growth.
I was 15 years into my yoga journey before I embraced it, though.
It wasn’t that I didn’t know about the benefits of a consistent meditation practice. I simply talked myself out of it day after day for years. I had a lot of good excuses, and I believed them.
I told my teacher, Enoch Dasa Giri, that I was inconsistent in my practice. To my surprise, he laughed. “That’s just resistance”, he said. “It’s going to arise when you embark on any journey of change and transformation.” He encouraged me to see it for what it is, engage it, and proceed.
Are you experiencing resistance to making a positive change in your life?
See it for what it is: Doubt, excuses, and hesitation are manifestations of resistance to the effort required to break out of old habits, patterns, and identities. It is much easier to keep doing what we have always done, and being who we have always been, but that is not the nature of nature. The nature of nature is to evolve and expand, and to push through real and perceived barriers.
Engage it: Ask your resistance why it is showing up and what it is trying to protect you from. What is it offering? What is it asking? What is it illuminating? Then, ask it to let you pass through the gate.
Proceed: Push through the barrier. Do the thing. Get up and meditate. Go running. Sign up for the class. Invest in yourself. Grow and expand despite your resistance. Have someone hold you accountable if needed.
Resistance is the gatekeeper to your evolution. You’ll have to get past it if you want to know what is on the other side.