Ever had the dream where you find yourself in front of a large crowd about to deliver a presentation and you are totally naked? A few weeks ago right before leading a yoga class to a group of 20+ yogis, I discovered a rather unfortunately located hole in the stitching of my leggings (which had now for all intents and purposes turned into chaps.) With just minutes to class start time I started to feel incredibly flustered and agitated...ironic given that the yin-based class I was going to lead I had themed around leaning into sensation and witnessing emotions without attachment.
It was a #LifeIsInSession moment. Leveling up, I realized I had the choice to "breezily" recognize the hilarity of this situation and shrug it off OR I could allow an insignificant hole to completely throw me off my groove and drag me down a deeper "hole" of discomfort.
I choose joy always.
No sartorial snag was gonna knock me outta my flow. In full swing Macgyver-mode I considered my options, quickly borrowed a size L pair of leggings (more comedy given that I'm a petite XS) and big piece here: took three deep breaths. Breath in, breath out. Reset and relax. Yin yoga style. And re-cinching those too-big yoga pants around my waist, I walked into the studio with a big smile on my face.
Byron Katie writes,
It is easy to be swept away by some overwhelming feeling, so it’s helpful to remember that any stressful feeling is like a compassionate alarm clock that says, “You’re caught in the dream."
Reality really is that way: a fluid, choose-your-own-adventure narrative. How delightful to play author and reader of our own lives: to observe and witness, to script each chapter -- threading together every character, plot twist, cliffhanger, and seamlessly opt into happy endings whenever we desire. There's no purpose in getting unstitched every time life throws you a curveball: that's just part of the excitement! Why not choose joy?
And yes, I promise to let you know when I *intentionally* host a no-pants yoga party
P.S. As a fun follow-up to this story... I contacted the company that designed my rogue leggings about the stitching snafu. Not only was their customer service department gracious, apologetic, and quick to send me a brand new pair, but when I relayed my experience they passed it along to fellow departments and associates and apparently shared it with the entire company. What's even better than choosing joy? Spreading joy!