Monday, May 20, 2013

Its all a process

"Everything has a gestation period, a time period that must pass before things will come into form. If you plant a carrot seed, it takes about seven weeks for the sprout to make its above-dirt entrance. Bamboo, which can grow up to thirteen feet in as little as one week, takes up to seven years to break through the surface of the ground. But for seven long years it looks like absolutely nothing’s happening. Now that takes some commitment.” ~ James Arthur Ray from Harmonic Wealth

I don't know about you, but there are days where I need to be reminded of this gestation period. In Yoga we have a similar process. We do our asana practice, for a long time we practice, practice, practice. Day in and day out, no matter the mood we are in, the physical state we are in, we show up and do our best. This is like planting the seed. Eventually all the devotion and continuity we put in gives fruit. However we are not attached to the results (or the fruit) of the practice. When we are detached from the result we are able to enjoy the process (or the gestation period), and when the seed is ready to give fruit we will be open to receiving it. 
Just like when a woman is pregnant, she knows it takes nine months for a baby to gestate, but she lives in the day by day, trying her best to cultivate a healthy lifestyle so when the time comes both she and the baby will be ready.
It takes commitment to bring our highest selves to the world. It requires a lot of devoted, patient, persistent work.
What seeds have you planted?
Are you impatient in wanting to receive the fruits of your work?
Can you be present in the process or 'gestation period' a little more?
What can you do to get back to loving the journey?

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