Resistance Comes from Within

We often externalize our challenges, picturing us overcoming some amazing feat or obstacle that is "outside us." There's only one problem with this thinking: Most of our resistance lies within. 

Running my second marathon two Sundays ago, the first 10 miles were not especially fun. I was sore from the day before, doing everything I could to stay present and make relentless forward progress. At one point, I felt a palpable sense of presence. I could feel the love, the warmth, the encouragement of others. I knew that most anyone at this race and everyone in my life who knew I was running had nothing but encouragement for me. It occurred to me that the only voice of doubt, the only voice of resistance, was mine. If I could instead tap into the joy, the hope and the goodwill of everyone else around me, what would that feel like? For the rest of the run, I continued to return to my mantra, emphasizing "Love THIS." I kept picturing the smiles and warm words of people in my life. Other than moving, the main work was to stay present to joy. 

I know there are times where we are met by outside forces, and that can be terrifying. I would still argue most of the time we are our own worst enemy. We are the seedbed of resistance and the voice of doubt. 

As challenging as it might be to admit at first, it's important to acknowledge that resistance comes from WITHIN. Once we own up to this, everything becomes easier, because we know only we are in our way. 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Embrace the fact that it is YOU who resists, and choose to take the next step forward anyway.