I once heard, from someone who made a study of trees, that the Live Oak trees here in Austin don’t just drop their leaves. The old leaves are pushed out by the new ones.
These days when you look around our current landscape here in the capitol city you will see masses of brown leaves on the ground, on rooftops, in truck beds, and in your hammock. It’s kind of a strange sight, considering we are busting out in springtime colors everywhere else. It’s like a mixing of death and life, old ways and new plans, last year and this. But it’s that pushing that has me thinking.
When you’re in the transformation game, as we are as soon as we step on the yoga mat, these anomalies that Nature displays provide an opportunity for self-study and personal reflection. So in case you haven’t guessed where I’m going with this, I’ll ask you a few questions as if you are an Austin oak tree:
Several months ago I met someone at a little gathering and she just got on my nerves. I feel like I've already met her many times in my life in other versions, and I'm just not interested in having this person in my circle. And this might be a totally valid response, or I might be preventing myself from engaging with, or even enjoying, someone new. So I believe this deserves some inquiry, since that's what we do when we're in the self awareness game.
Interestingly, the word "resistance" keeps coming up in conversation these days, so I thought it was time to take a look at this issue from the angle of resistance. The kind of resistance I'm talking about is a sense of pushing back against what you know you should do, what you actually want to do, or to what you have to do. For example,