Master Key Week 14- A Gold Metal is a Wonderful Thing…

“A gold metal is a wonderful thing, but if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it!” -Coach Irv Blitzer, portrayed by John Candy

This story shares so much inspiration for the hopefuls of the world, especially those that wrestle with naysayers and/or perceived impossibilities that also happen to be the very goals they are striving for.

For me, this one quote from the movie, “Cool Runnings” drills down to the core of any goal I wish to achieve. What is it going to take to reach my goal? What if I achieve it? What if I don’t?

I must be ready to accept what is required to reach my goals. Attaining the target of my desire takes WORK, a dirty 4-letter word these days, it seems. Our contemporary society has developed a mindset that attainment should be fast, just as much as it should be easy.

As I continue on this Master Key journey, I am acquiring an excellent working/specifying/visualization ratio for achieving all I desire with and for my future self. I am learning to embrace the journey itself. This is life-changing for me, as I have skated through my journey in a disconnected, get to the end sort of way. To what end? I never really knew. Now I know where I am headed. I have the tools needed for the journey. Best of all, I AM enough without the desired outcomes, just as I AM enough with them!

Curious about this Master Key journey? Check out my friend Philip’s blog about his experience here!

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MKE Week 12- Reach With Your Heart, Monkey!

Enjoy The Process!

One of my definite chief aims through the process of the Master Key Experience is to find my best and truest health. One of the ways in which I endeavor to measure this is through my flexibility. I have made the plan to master the monkey pose, otherwise known as Hanumanasana, before April 2020 as a landmark indicator of my progress. Curious what the monkey pose looks like? Here you go!

Clearly this pose is a progression; not an impulsive decision and certainly not an immediate position to get into for most. Perhaps my pose may look different. What matters though, is that I master myself, that through discipline and patience, I give my best.

You can be sure I want to do this correctly, without injury and with best possible outcomes in mind. Of course I went to YouTube to find a sensible video guide. And I hit pay dirt. I found a wonderful page with a 15 minute progression to thoroughly stretch all the pertinent muscles and, finally, move into this position bilaterally.

With this video I got far more than I expected. The instructor made two statements that resonated so strongly with me, far beyond the purposes of mastering this pose. I am carrying these two statements further into all my endeavors, especially as I embark on my Master Key journey. As a cue for maintaining proper form she said, “Reach with your heart”. Beautiful! Later as she acknowledged that individuals will experience varying results as they work to improve their flexibility, she said, simply, “enjoy the process”. Yes!

I can tend to get so wrapped up in the end goal, I miss the experience. Instead of enjoying the process, I fret and worry through, completely fearful of missing that end mark. How many important moments have I missed along the way, simply disregarding the process and/or living in fear? I WILL enjoy this process!

As I refine my focus and develop my best, I know that every time I practice this pose, I am one try closer to mastering it. How many tries will it take? I will only know when I have made that try that grants the ultimate result. Whether it is the 100th, 1000th, or 10,000th try, I’ll be there celebrating! I persist until I succeed.

Haanel 12/4- “The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success”. I now have the knowledge of my power. I have the courage to dare. And I have the faith to do! I’m reaching forward with my heart and enjoying the process!

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