Mixed Messages

Hold on or let go? The mixed messages are not easy to discern. And so, the most prudent course is: Letting go… AGAIN! 
The plans for our yoga and wellness center have not come to fruition as hoped. We will keep the vision alive, trusting all the pieces to come together when and where it is meant to be.

 Hold on, hold on, hold on” they said,
“You’re a dandelion in the breeze,
Look what the winds of change have done
to all these autumn leaves.”

“Hold on, hold on, hold on” 
This big wide world is not for you,
Hold on for long enough
for the last gust to dance on through.”

So I “held on, held on, held on
They said that’s how you know you’re strong,
But not until I wilted,
Did I notice something wrong.

I thought holding on was bravery,
But when the winds of change do blow,
Sometimes it’s even braver still,
to let go, let go, let go.

                                                                                   by e.h. (Erin Hanson)

And what about other mixed messages? Often in relationships we encounter mixed messages. When our communication is incongruent with what our heart desires or when our body language doesn’t match what we say, there are huge gaps created. We’re up, we’re down; we’re in, we’re out; we’re moving forward, we’re standing still. I have danced with the holding on and letting go of purchasing a place for our yoga home. Each time I pushed, there was another obstacle; each time I stepped back, there was doubt. The mixed messages were paralyzing some days.

No trash for the dumpster?

This site caught my attention on a recent run. Talk about mixed messages! Did I just assume that the dumpster was for trash? Do things (and words, and actions) always have mixed meanings? I’m certainly no expert or guru on these issues, but I have found it interesting to wrestle with in my head.

Ahh. Right. What the mind can’t understand, it tries to label or organize or analyze or worse. Perhaps we look to nature for clarity when we can’t “think” the answers. Just as the trees generously “let go” and shed their leaves, we can do the same with enough practice.  Let go again. When in doubt, ALWAYS let go. “Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.”  – Juvenal

So for now, you can join me on the path of letting go. Practice releasing, freeing, and allowing more space. Just like working on a posture, the more we practice, the more it becomes our new normal. The more we open, the more we create space in the body. And low and behold, when we let go, we make room for something new.

Love & peace to all, Molly