A friend that I often share Abraham-Hicks videos with asked me for clarification on the concept of “the path of least resistance” and was that simply defined as the easiest pathway to a solution?
After a bit of mulling the question around in my mind, I came to the resolution that the path of least resistance is actually the pathway in which I am (in my belief system) the least resistant. It really comes down to my personal beliefs and my confidence in my expected results.
Here is an example appropriate for the new year: losing weight.
It would probably be easiest to just eat less food or less of certain kinds of food. I could cut out the sugar, eliminate carbs, processed foods and let the weight roll off me. However, to me, this kind of diet equals deprivation and never lasts very long. I might pull off a week at best. However, my path of least resistance/my belief system dictates that I can lose weight quickly by running. So after a couple of weeks of running, the weight magically falls off me. Is it true? Yes, for me. For someone else, perhaps a different result. For another person, losing weight by reducing food intake makes sense, but for me it is never easy and it is definitely not my path of least resistance.
I am enjoying likening it to water running downstream. The water might find the pathway of a rock and become blocked for a bit, but once it finds a new pathway around the rock it flows easily and fluidly.
Where in your life could you focus your attention on maximizing your path of least resistance or perhaps we can rename it your path of most likely success?
Between January and May of 2010, I experienced the in-depth immersion of EVOLVE’s Yoga Teacher Training Program with Carson Efird. My successful completion provided me the credentials RYT-200, which means Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 contact hours with a trainer. It proved to be a very reductive experience, meaning that I came away from the four months exploring what could I let go of, what was no longer necessary in my life, what could I release? And the Universe responded with its own ideas of what was insubstantial and should shake loose; some of which I may or may not have been ready to let go, but aligning to that space in my life has proved to be rewarding.
The blessing in all this stripping away is that clarity of thought was left at the end. I stood in the center of emptiness and could chose what to do next. My dharma has brought me back to the YTT program again, this time as the administrative assistant for Carson, but also with an opportunity to reorganize the information and immerse myself in this system of wisdom without the pressure of homework and deadlines. This weekend launched the new class, eight beautiful and open-hearted women who were apprehensive about what they had committed to, but also eager for transformation and possibility. I found for myself this kickoff weekend, comfort and validation, but also enormous space for new knowledge and community to flourish. Namaste!
I have read Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements several times. I’ve found myself winding back and forth between following The Four Agreements and totally forgetting they even exist. It helps me to hold them in mind, keep them in front of me.
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
I was asked that question today. What do I want?
I want to be at peace.
I want to explore, learn and grow.
I want to help others and be of service.
I want to share my talents and strengths.
I want to be successful and productive.
I want to live in abundance.
I want to be courageous.
I want to love all spirit.
I want to laugh.
I want to make a difference.
I want to be healthy, balanced and present.
I want to be surrounded by people that are aware, caring and striving to live to their potential.
I want to live to my potential.
I want to serve my destiny.
I want to accept what is.
I want to guide and inspire.
I want now. Namaste.