Last night I went to a yoga class and the teacher recited a quote by Deepak Chopra, “When you struggle against this moment, you’re actually struggling against the entire universe.” It resonated with me on such a deep level. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since she said it.
If you believe that the entire universe is conspiring for your highest good it seems utterly futile to fight what is happening moment to moment. Our tiny little selves are no match for the cosmos. When I stop and reflect on how I got to LA, all of the signs and steps along the way I never would have imagined this would be the outcome. LA was never on my radar as a place to live (ok, well, not since 5th grade when I had a brief love affair with the idea of moving to Hollywood, thanks to Dylan McKay). Making friends in Berlin a couple of years ago with people from LA, gradually learning more about it, setting a new career path in motion, so much has happened to get me to where I am in this moment. I believe this will continue to be the case so I might as well buckle up and enjoy the ride.
When I look back and remember times when I struggled and struggled with what was actually happening it is easy to see that my attempts to make things how I wanted them to be always failed. Even when they worked for a little while in the end I was unsuccessful in my efforts. This isn’t to say that our actions are not part of our plans, of course they are. We have to take action towards our dreams and goals. As we work towards our true purpose it is key to take in each moment and not fight against it. No matter how much we try we are no competition for the universe. Furthermore, we often cannot imagine where our journey might take us. Opening up to the moment allows for magic and wonder to enter our lives.
By letting go and accepting each moment we are saying yes to the universe. We are showing that we trust ourselves and by trusting we become spacious and receptive to what the universe offers us. This weekend I am going to make an extra effort to relax into each moment. When I find myself struggling in a particular moment I will take deep breaths and remind myself that there is no reason to fight whatever is happening. I encourage you all to take this on for the weekend and practice with me. There is so much to experience and gain from receiving what is truly happening in each moment.