Do you remember playing on a merry-go-round as a kid?
I do... probably because I was a big fan of playing in general!
Recess was my favorite subject in school!
I was always the first one to line up for handball, where I could rip sliceys against my formidable opponents. I loved the freedom of swinging from the rings, which felt miles above the sand and apart from each other. And, I was thrilled with the prospect of catching up to the in-motion merry-go-round so I could join my friends for a ride.
What I loved most about the merry go round was that you had to match your speed with it to jump on board. It required attention, and perfect timing.
It was like I had to be in motion at just the right pace beside it, running fervently, to make the leap with ease.
What was almost more amazing, was if you didn't find that perfect rhythm, you didn't make it.
Somehow, just one or two steps difference could make or break that timing.
And, boy, did sometimes it take some tries.
I think I am a bit of a sadist (although I didn't know it then), because I do find humor in those awkward, funny falls. I mean, that scene in Wayne's world when Stacey eats it over the hood of a car trying to impress Wayne, I just lose it! I can watch that scene over and over again and just bust a gut.
But, I've derailed.
What seemed like a simple game of fun on the merry-go-round as a kid, has actually turned out to be a great metaphor for momentum in life.
A few weeks ago, I talked about intention--our ideas and desires that naturally spring forth out of the contrast of our lives. It's how we want to experience things, often differently than they are now, in the future.
And, when we place our attention and energy on the way we DO want things, we can start to see evidence of those intentions manifesting.
The real kicker is this: we need to be up to speed with those ideas in order to experience them.
We need to build the momentum necessary to take the ride we want.
That momentum is created through internal alignment.
When you focus on yourself, your own inner harmony, your own well-being, you create a positive internal momentum.
When that vibration is going strong, you've probably noticed feelings of being centered, unshaken, and confident. You've probably felt in control of your own experience, and could probably care less about the need to control others.
Now, just like if you were too slow and couldn't quite make it on the merry-go-round, you missed the ride.
Similarly, when you set the pace of your own internal momentum, other people and experiences that are not up to speed with you can't manifest.
It's a simple law of physics.
Amazingly, those simple reminders come in big ways.
This week, I noticed that I did not attend to my own momentum well.
This was clearly evident when I started crying in response to Steve asking if I wanted to go out and take some time for us before the busy weekend ensued. Who cries when offered a chance to have fun?
I felt internal stress with the perceived pressures of my external circumstances. I let the actions of others determine my emotional set-point and let the momentum of outside forces control me. Not a good feeling place, for sure!
I felt like I was the one not up to speed with my desires, and the one still running in circles to chase my dreams.
Instead of beating myself up for knowing better, I'm just choosing to consciously shift my focus today.
I'm going to focus my attention on being connected with my true self.
I'm going stay on the momentum of my own merry-go-round, set my own pace, so that the actions of others are irrelevant to me. And, I'm going to watch--in appreciation--the good feeling place inside of me creates the alignment to jump on board with my desires.
Then, and really only then, can I truly enjoy the ride of my life.
I can look upon the variety around me with a confidence that the contrast is serving me. I can use the interactions with others to add clarity to my desires, and I can enjoy the confidence (and relief) that comes with knowing I'm only in charge of me.
While I am a fan of concepts, I'm also a huge fan of easy ways to implement them.
This healthy breathing meditation is a great way to keep the energy flowing harmoniously within (and, it's a great way to bring you back to center).
I also did a class on YogaGlo this morning that hit just the right note about standing confidently in our own vibration. (A shameless plug here for YogaGlo, as it's a great online resource to learn about, and practice yoga). While I do recommend starting a practice under the guidance of a well-trained teacher, YogaGlo does offer a two-week free trial for it's amazing classes, meditations, and talks.