Jane_Meditation_AlaskaDo what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. We have heard this expression and I definitely ascribe to it…sort of. Even when we are blessed to be spending our time doing work that is rewarding and ignites a passion and forward driving motion, it is still hard work! One of the great spiritual texts in the yoga practice centers around the idea of doing your duty, using 100% of effort and awareness, yet letting go of any expectation of the result of your actions. Yikes. This is a challenge, I don’t care WHO you are.

Let’s face it, we want, need, are habituated to look for the “payback” for our efforts. Isn’t that why so many people are burying their heads in their i-devices for a quick fix of one kind or another? The Truth is, real reward only comes from real, solid effort. If we want something big to happen to us, we have to create a big plan and follow through. Hard work, perseverance, a good sense of humor, a lot of faith are solid ingredients to create a recipe for success. Yes, there is the occasional windfall of abundance without effort (still waiting for mine) that befalls us, but mostly, it’s really just a lot of hard work.

One of the greatest gifts I have received from the practices of yoga and holistic therapies is clarity. When we get our body and mind quiet and healthy enough, we can actually hear the answers to our questions, the solutions to our problems and the directions to walking the path of passionate pursuit. Oddly, we have to learn and practice this art of stillness, even though it is the most organic part of who we are. I get distracted just like everyone else, but as soon as I plug back into what is Real and True through movement, meditation, exercise, massage, acupuncture; I feel that passion flood forth and with it comes the Plan for my life unfolding…