Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It's No Secret

Back in August, I picked up a copy of The Secret for $1 at a library book sale.  I'd never read the Secret.  I'd heard about it & I had read The Law of Attraction & other books by Abraham/Esther & Jerry Hicks.  But I figured, for $1, how could I go wrong.

We left all the books we bought that day in a pile in our den & I just sorted through them the other day.  There was The Secret again.  I pulled it out & put in the bathroom, so that maybe I could read a page (or even just a paragragh!) here & there. 

Like I said, I had never read The Secret, but I had read books by Esther & Jerry Hicks, with the teachings of Abraham, including The Law of Attraction.  So it wasn't that I thought I would learn anything new in The Secret.  I was just curious.

I talk about the Law of Attraction alot.  I share it in my classes, I teach it as part of my Yoga Teacher Training.  It's a practice that has become as much a part of my life as my yoga practice.  For me, they go hand in hand.

When I started the reading The Secret, I suddenly realized that I haven't been practicing the Law of Attraction for the past few months.  I thought I had been.  It was pretty subtle.  I simply realized that my thinking wasn't aligned with my actions & my intentions.  I had been worrying more & even giving attention to things that weren't going to quite right.  Instead of focusing my thoughts on what has been going right & creating more of that.

The Law of Attraction & The Secret (and other works) say, quite simply, that what you think about, you bring about.  And I know that.  And it's not that I'd been walking around thinking how bad things were & complaining & being unhappy.  It was much more subtle. 

Thoughts can be big & thoughts can be small & we all have thousands of them every day!  This was a reminder to me to watch the small thoughts. To watch my intention.  To intentionally create my thoughts.  To intentionally shift & focus & refocus my thoughts every moment of every day.  And to take space from my thoughts at least once a day.

Which is the same as being present.  Which is what Yoga teaches us.  

It's not a secret.  It's another piece of your practice to take off your mat.