Resistance is something that we quite often experience in our lives. The push and pull of resistance can sometimes be hidden. I was just met with resistance while writing this article.
The dictionary definition of resistance is “the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.”
Although, that may be true…resistance creeps into our experiences. At times can be hard to decipher in the present moment. There is so much going on right now during this pandemic-and in our daily live that increases our resistance to growth.
I’ll tell you a little more about me and my personal struggles.
As a child, I was always drawn to the performing arts. My brother and I would put on various performances and pretend our living room was a grand theatre.
Our audience consisted of our parents, neighborhood kids and our prized toys. We would march up to the pretend podium and rehearse and act out stories. Even in front an audience of stuffed animals and Barbie dolls if humans weren’t possible.
Now if you were to ask me to do the same and scrap out an entire scene from Alice in Wonderland… I will likely meet you with hesitation.
Children are a perfect example of what it means to be “ in flow”
Their choices and movements are organic. As they grow older, external factors such as society, friends, family, etc, steers them away from fully expressing themselves.
No I’m not advocating for children to do whatever they want. But take this example for size, when playing in the park and sliding down a slide, the first initial thought is joy, laughter and excitement on how fun it would be to go down that slide. As adults our experiences condition us to react initially with fear, self doubt, questioning. Often wondering how we’re gonna make it? Is it safe? Can we potentially get hurt?
That is exactly what resistance is all about. It takes away from the essence of being truly who we are and doing what makes us feel light free, joyful and in the moment.
Why am I bringing us back to childhood? Because in order to find the root or the source of the problem we must dig deeper within ourselves. We must reflect on our experiences of things that have caused us to feel that we are not enough in whatever we do.
The truth of the matter is, each and every human being does have a choice regardless of the circumstances or roadblocks.
The choice is to vibrate higher and to know that everything comes to us when we face our fears and take action. It’s not something that comes easy for everyone and it does take a lot of hard work, practice and patience. Sometimes this realization can be painful or truly confronting if there are deep rooted issues that we have not unpacked ourselves.
I encourage you to take some time to dig deep. It is so liberating once you break free and let go of resistance.