What For? (A guest post by Courtney Unruh)
As we enter this July 4th weekend, I think it’s only natural that our thoughts turn to freedom. As Americans, we normally place a high value on liberty. I’m extremely grateful for things like the freedom to drive a car, vote, choose my husband, etc. I love special holiday weekends that really give us time to reflect on our blessings. But recently, I’ve been challenged to think about the “For What?” in life. (I’m married to an English teacher, so we never end our sentences with a preposition!) Freedom in and of itself is not a Good in life. Freedom is neutral. It’s the “for what” that determines the goodness of your freedom. For example, my 4 year old is learning to swim, but he can’t yet. If he somehow “gets free” from his floaties, he’s in big trouble. The floats restrict his movements, but they save his life. Freedom is neutral and very dependant on what we do with it. If we don’t have a clear vision of a goal or a direction, our desire for freedom may end up hurting us in the end.
Many of us may already have experienced the pain that comes from getting “free” from something that was actually a good thing for us. Many of us may be feeling a bit lost and unsure of which direction to take, scared that we’re not sure which is a Good for our future. Many of us may be feeling completely comfortable with where we find ourselves, but can remember a time where we made a wrong choice because we didn’t have a clear “For What?” in our life.
Stephen Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” said, “Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom. The power to choose, to respond, to change.” (emphasis mine). No matter the situations we have lived through or are currently experiencing, we aren’t stuck in them. We can respond and change and grow.
In yoga, we learn to breathe and accept our limitations. We learn to work with where our bodies are today. We may have certain goals (one day, I’m going to do a beautiful Adho Mukha Svanasana- “downdog” to most of us), but we can’t force those goals to happen overnight. We have to practice and show up. They won’t happen on their own! Remember that phrase, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.”? I want to encourage you over this wonderful July 4th Independence Day weekend to find your “For What?” This fall, Super Yoga Palace will be hosting a wonderful new Teacher Training class. We have completely re-vamped the course, making it easier for everyone to join us. The classes are one weekend a month for 9 months. Though it’s designated “Teacher Training”, it’s not only for people who want to be teachers. During this course, you will work deep into your own journey to find your personal “For What?” that can help guide your thoughts and decisions to know where and why and how you want to live. Put yourself more firmly on the path to freedom. Be intentional with your goals and your dreams, and come join SYP for a life-changing, freedom-filled, intentionally-lived year.
P.S. The course also includes a year long VIP membership and 20% off any workshop during the year, so this is truly a DON’T MISS THIS opportunity. If you don’t plan for it, nothing will change, so spend the summer putting aside a little bit of money each month and take advantage of our 4th of July sale! 10% off if paid in full by July 4th! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and an application.