"When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run." - Abraham Lincoln
The above image is of a Hindu deity, Lord Ganesha, known as the Remover of Obstacles. He is one of the most popular deities for obvious reasons: we all have obstacles that we would like removed. There are mudras related to him, specific mantras to be said, statues to place around...all in the hopes of having this elephant-headed god fix our lives. But how many of these obstacles do we choose to hold on to out of habit, or fear, or whatever other excuse we can come up with? We can ask Ganesha to remove our obstacles all day long but in the end he needs a little help from us. So, what are you holding on to that you'd like to have removed? What obstacles are standing in your way of living your life more fully, of becoming the happier, more authentic you?
How we choose to spend our time and who we choose to spend our time with plays a big part in this. Are you enriching your life with the company you keep? Do they make you smile, fill your heart, sing to your soul? Or do they leave you feeling drained and depressed and questioning your own value? The latter are not friends, they are energy vampires. "Energy vampires are emotionally immature individuals who have the sense that the whole world revolves around them." (pyschcentral.com) These people take and take and take and eventually leave you with nothing but exhaustion and feeling bad about who you are. But YOU ARE AMAZING! And you deserve to surround yourself with people who think so too! So while it may be hard to be your own remover of obstacles, do it for yourself, because you are worth it and deserve better. As the quote above implies, don't hold on to something that doesn't want to be held, even if it's in the guise of your own personal Ganesha.
One way to clear your own obstacles is to enrich your life. What makes you happy? Do you feel good about where you are and where you're going? How is your health? An easy way to boost energy and confidence is by working out (ahem...) and creating healthy eating habits. When you feel good, you look good and when you look good, you feel good. It's a win win! There is a quote that says, "Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant." Get up, get moving, work up a little sweat and start to build some strength. Allow your newfound physical strength to manifest itself into emotional strength, and maybe then you can rid yourself of those emotional vampires once and for all. Who or whatever they are. So come in, take a class, surround yourself with positive people who cheer you on and have your back. There is an amazing community at Iron Root and we all root (haha, get it?!) for one another and want each other to succeed, in and out of the studio. And who knows, maybe we'll even work in a little mantra to Ganesha during yoga just to cover all of our bases. ;)
Here's to discovering your strength.