What a difference, a couple years has made!
Yogis teach that 'karma' determines our present and future realities, based on past actions. We experience life today based on how we've lived life.
For example, when we are faced with difficult or uncompromising people in our daily lives, then at some point in our past, we were difficult and uncompromising. Yogis believe in past lives, so it is possible that today's reality is based on a past life too.
What I find most interesting about this is the potential to change our future based on present actions. I'm actually seeing the results of my past two years of shifting gears in my life and leading an Ayurvedic-Yogic lifestyle.
I am grateful to be doing quite a bit of travel over the next couple of months. Yet, travel can be challenging.
In the past if the Uber driver arrived later than the apps estimated arrival, as he did for my recent trip to New York, I would have mentioned it to the driver. If the trip to the airport took an hour and forty minutes, which it did, instead of the 55 minute estimate from Uber, I would have been very annoyed and let the driver know I was not happy. I also would have spent the ride feeling like a nervous wreck, fuming, agitated and highly stressed - as though my anxiousness would somehow make the traffic change and dissipate.
Instead, I told Raul, the Uber driver, that I knew he was doing the best he could, and he was. It was obvious from his trying to weave into faster lanes and his sighs of frustration that he already felt badly and knew the trip was taking much longer than anticipated. The traffic was awful.
While I was not in complete harmony, I was quite calm and felt no agitation. I did have a bit of concern about managing security and getting to the gate on-time, since my arrival at the airport would give me less than an hour to departure.
I chose to read and kept my focus away from the road. I trusted that Raul was focused on the drive, so I didn't need to. I simply surrendered to the situation.
When I got to the airport, there was a very short line at the Delta counter. The woman checking my bag was calm, knowledgeable, efficient and quickly had me on my way to security check. She even made me laugh, which was a welcome feeling that cleared what concern and stress I did feel. TSA pre-check security was a breeze, and with no line, I made it to my gate with 20 minutes to spare, allowing for a relaxed trip to the Women's Restroom.
I had another pleasant surprise when I boarded, as Delta, of their own accord, bumped me forward 6 rows. How nice was that!
I've been practicing patience, humility, compassion and surrender, among other virtues, as I have done karma yoga (selfless service) at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas the past couple of years.
My experiences are changing, and my reactions are changing. Surrendering, instead of fighting, criticizing and stressing-out is a path of much less suffering. The calm and peace I feel more often within are such welcome changes for me. I'm by no means a master of these virtues, but I continue to practice them.
Whatever the next legs of my journey will bring forth, I will strive to plant the seeds of calm and positivity, accepting that ultimately, I am not in control. By God's Grace, my future will be reflections of the new actions I am taking today.
Loving Life and Living Love,
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