Yesterday I began the 40 Days to a Personal Revolution program by my teacher, Baron Baptiste. It always seems like there isn’t a good time to start something like this but that is exactly the thinking that keeps us stagnant! So I just went for it and brought along some students and friends for the ride. The program consists of daily meditation and yoga as well as weekly “excavation” questions. As an example, one of the questions for week one is: “Where in my life am I flirting with disaster?” The excavation questions are just that…serious excavation and perhaps the most difficult part of the program.
There are many reasons I wanted to do the program now but I’ll share why it is really important to me now. In the last year I’ve had 3 surgeries. One on my right shoulder in September 2010 from an old overuse injury related to golf and two major abdominal surgeries in March 2011 and April 2011. Without going into too much detail the surgery in April was at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and there was a serious concern for cancer. Thankfully there was no cancer and I am fully recovered. Of course all of those surgeries as well as the pain I’d been having from a belly full of tumors seriously restricted my physical yoga practice over the last year.
While I was going through all of that, I made several promises to myself. You can imagine what goes through your head when flirting with your mortality up close and personal! All of the promises revolved around taking better care of my body, eating better, paying more attention to my spirituality and recommitting to my meditation and yoga practice…being more present and thankful for everything in my life, everything that brought me to this point whether “good” or “bad.” In other words, exactly what 40 days to a Personal Revolution is all about. Why now exactly? After getting back from Baptiste level 2 training and being accepted into level 3 I realize more than ever that time is ticking. We only have so much time in this life and we don’t know when it’s over. The best time to be about your business is now. When I realized the 40 days would end the day before Thanksgiving it seemed like a sign I could no longer ignore. If you want to change your life, don’t wait. Jumping in is the scariest part. Once you’re in the process the rest will take care of itself.