Have you ever been working toward something that feels important to you, only to have the Universe put stuff in your way that slows you down or even stops you?? Those times piss me off. And they make me wonder what the lesson is and what I’m supposed to be learning from the onslaught of frustration that occurs when I’m getting roadblocks from the Universe.
This go around, after a year of playing it pretty conservatively at Crossfit, I decided to start adding more weight and exploring my own personal edges of strength. So, I started adding weight and making some progress annnnnd…
ROADBLOCK #1 - My back started bothering me again after a couple of years being pain-free.
Back on the hamster wheel of trying to figure it out. Then, I start to get it figured out and start feeling better annnnnd….
ROADBLOCK #2 - I sprain my ankle doing burpees to box jumps.
Seriously what the f&*k people?
Now after about 4 weeks off of being able to exercise in a way that makes me feel good, I’M GOING CRAZY. I have begun konmari’ing my house (is that a verb?); I want to clean all of the things; and I don’t feel good because I’m not moving my body in a way that pleases me.
I feel like poop.
I’m standing in the middle of my discomfort. I’m standing in the eye of it.
Ever felt like this? What do you do?
For me, this is where some of the philosophy of yoga really serves - unhooking from discomfort and inviting peace in whatever situation I’m in (even if it doesn’t feel good.)
Back to my mat. Back to my breath. Back to moving mindfully and in a way that doesn’t invite injury. And when it’s time, I’ll go back to burpees to box jumps. But until then…abide.
When the Universe is putting up roadblocks, take a breath. Breathe in the idea that everything is unfolding in its own timing for your highest good. If you’re standing in the middle of a Universal Roadblock, slow down and breathe, release and allow…