Rest & Receive / by Anita Cheung

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." 

Lovely calligraphy by the Jess-of-all-trades: Jess Robson. 

Lovely calligraphy by the Jess-of-all-trades: Jess Robson. 

As a self described type-A go getter, I'm always biting off more than I can chew and chewing it anyway. Recently, I decided to take the leap, put myself out there, and start a progressive yoga series titled C(OM)MUNITY: Social Yoga. In a city where there are as many yoga studios as Starbucks, I felt this inherent pressure and "fire under my butt" to make it happen. 

As a type-A go getter who grew up in a world of instant messaging, instant noodles,  and instant gratification; patience was a virtue I never really learned. After one month of going full steam ahead with C(OM)MUNITY, I began to lose my drive when I wasn't seeing the raging success I had imagined. I was used to seeing my hard work pay off. Here is where I'm sure many people can relate- whether it's a weight loss goal, skills based goal, or a passion project; when we pour our hearts into it, we expect to get back what we give. After all, isn't that what we were told? 

The thing is- good things take time. I know it's said time and time again and although I thought I understood it, I never fully grasped the concept until now. And it's like a switch has been flicked. When my sister asked me- "What's the rush?", I thought about it and realized I didn't want to fall behind. And then I thought about my thoughts, and realized- fall behind of what? There is more to life than increasing its speed. We're not racing one another down a highway, people. Instead, it's more like we're each exploring a different path in the forest. 

So here I am, choosing rest. (Well, after this blog post.) I don't know about the rest of you, but when I'm given the choice to rest, or keep plugging away, I often choose to keep on keeping on towards my goal. Whether this is in daily life or in my yoga asana practice, I don't often voluntarily take child's pose. And what happens when I don't? Injuries, sickness, and general grumpiness. When we allow ourselves to rest, we also allow ourselves to receive. To see what is showing up now. It's these moments of rest that give us the clarity to move forward. 

And here I am, choosing to enjoy today. Today for all of its struggles, its frustrations and its setbacks. And not because I think "the end will be worth it", but because I truly am trying to see the beauty in the chaos. It's about time I learned to dance in the rain- heck, I live in Vancouver. 

Drop the day planner. Open palms to receive. C'mon universe- show me what you've got. 

Drop the day planner. Open palms to receive. C'mon universe- show me what you've got. 

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