As we look forward to another new calendar year, I would like to share two quotes I found on calendars which were meaningful to me.
In 2020 my Zen calendar had this quote: “Obstacles don’t block the path. They are the path. This Christmas 2022 someone gave me a calendar which had a similar message from Robert H. Schuller: “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
Shifting my mental perspective of what obstacles or problems are, helps me to not worry, resist or work so hard to prepare myself for all the possible “If” scenarios. I can relax more and know that my obstacles or problems are part of my journey and they can also be positive aspects of my life. Like a maze, the obstacles and problems can guide me in a better direction, help me learn a new life lesson and stimulate my mind to problem solve in a new way. The key is to relax while I wait to greet my next obstacle or problem.
Tai chi and qigong helps me to relax more mentally and physically. I can better handle obstacles and problems that come my way. Overtime learning to embrace obstacles and problems in a tai chi, flowing way can increase my sense of well-being. Wishing all of you new ways of seeing and being in the new year!
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.