One of my favorite photographers, Jennifer Kelley Lublin, posted this mesmerizing photo this week.
I could imagine myself on this path and wondered what kind of magic lay just around the bend. The trees seem to be willing to lend a helping hand or to part their branches to shed more light along on the way. Wherever it leads, I want to go there.
It got me thinking about life's journey and the many paths, full of twists and turns, that are available to us every day. Which to take? Which way to turn when a fork presents itself?
The big moments and life-altering milestones many times present themselves as these forks in the road, where you have to make a decision. Sometimes it's scary and really hard to make that first step.
This is where the magic of the Path of Least Resistance comes in. Have you ever been faced with a change and suddenly, seemingly without effort, the opportunity presents itself? Then, you flow easily through the change and you know it's right? That's the path of least resistance. One of my best friends had been contemplating for many months a big life move to NYC. Everything in her career, heart and body told her that this was the next thing. But, it's a big scary decision to uproot everything and bite into a huge unknown apple. Suddenly, word got to the right person and an amazing rent-control apartment literally jumped into her path. From there things just fell into place and she's on her way. That is the path of least resistance in action.
It's about flow. And, it's about listening to your own inner voice, which is always your greatest adviser and your greatest advocate. Whatever your belief system, that inner voice is your divine guidance. If you're paying attention, the path of least resistance finds you.
- Slow down and listen to your voice as well as your body signals. When the hairs rise on the back of your neck let that guide you to being present with what your body is telling you. You know when it's right.
- Don't suppress an inspiration. Encourage it. Nurture it.
- Pay attention to the yes voice.
- And, equally important, pay attention to the no. Is it a 'no' out of fear or a 'no' that feels settled in your bones. If it's out of fear, take a time out to breathe into it. Then take the first baby steps on the path. As you go along, if it's the path of least resistance there will be help along with the way, like the trees in Jenn's photo.
- Keep your eyes open and stay awake so that you're able to see the bubbles of opportunity that float into your vision along the way.
The path of least resistance doesn't mean the work along the way is always easy. But, it does mean being aware, recognizing the opportunity and surrendering to the flow. When you do, the magical path of least resistance is the easiest path of all.
For more of JennKL's trees, go to: http://bit.ly/JennKLtrees.
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