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.