Why do we flee away from the things we need the most?
This question has come up so many times in my life.
The times in my life that I needed to practice Yoga the most are the times that I just "didn't have time."
The times in my life that I needed to go to church, I "didn't feel like it".
The times in my life that I needed to reach out to someone to ask them to pray for me, I "didn't even think to do it" because I am too busy trying to handle my messes.
"I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of" --Michel De Montaigne
It's almost like there is always a pull in the opposite direction of what I need to do. And the going towards the things I need to do is such a tough mental battle.
Yet, in the times, that I recognized that need and did that thing that I needed to do, instead of fleeing...it was freedom.
Freedom from anxiety. Freedom from carrying my burdens alone. Freedom to have a lighter step in my walk.
It is always hard to go against what your body tells us to do. But if it is something that we know is going to help us, then as we make that 180 degree turn and take steps towards it...
we find that we are right where we needed to be all along.
So, times that I am struggling with a busy mind, I plop down next to our pups and do yoga.
In times that I have had a divorce, don't feel like being happy or friendly to anyone, I keep walking towards our church till I hear that beautiful music scooping my spirits up.
And the times that I have burdens, I share more readily with my prayer warriors, so that I feel that spiritual support...and the heavens start hearing the requests of many and not just myself.
So run towards what you don't feel like doing at those crucial times in everyday life.
Now you are fleeing from being alone.
Ecclesiates 4:9-12 (NIV Bible): "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor; If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
So turn around and flee. It gets easier each time.
As always, Look with Intention