Why does the ultimate temptation always show up when you are completely committed, thinking: all is perfect, I am sailing through this challenge and nothing could possibly interrupt my flow? On Survivor, Jeff would sometimes offer us nutritionally deprived castaways a plate of donuts or platter of cookies and milk in exchange for stepping out of a challenge. Inevitably, some poor schmuck would take the bait, thinking he’s all good, and then get voted out that night at tribal council with the heavy karmic imprint of realizing he’d just traded a million bucks for a chocolate chip cookie. We know we are risking complete and total failure when we succumb to temptation. Why, then, do we fall prey to this devilish force, when we know, whole heartedly, that the payoff of playing with full commitment to the end will lead to much greater rewards? When you’re ravenous and every cell in your being is screaming, “TAKE THE COOKIE!!” — what is it that keeps a person set on the goal and unwavering in her choice to stay in the challenge? Is stepping out and accepting this type of instant gratification a sort of unconscious statement of our own self worth or lack thereof? Or is taking the temptation with disregard to the bigger goal just a lack of self-discipline? The good news is, no matter the answer, we have the power to strengthen both our own self-confidence and discipline through setting and attaining goals. People are constantly striving to be better, to grow. We set New Year’s resolutions, birthday month resolutions, career and fitness goals in order to show us where we can be once we put our potential into practice. We’ve just got to stay the course and know that it gets easier.
Through my yoga practice, I have learned the value of consistency, diligence and discipline. I know that when I practice, I get stronger, more centered and compassionate and I am able to take what I learn on my mat out into my daily life. I use what I learn about myself in my yoga classes to deal with difficult people, to handle bad traffic and to choose whether it’s worth it or not to ‘take the cookie,’ so to speak. So, what happens when a girl who is happily cruising through day 29 of her man-cleanse, jumps in a late night yoga class to thank her divine source for guiding her in the direction of her evolution and is kicked flat in the face by the hotness, sex appeal and hands-on adjustments of the most gorgeous, conscious, yoga teacher life has ever provided her? What’s a girl to do, then?
To take the cookie or not to take the cookie? That is the question.
Day 29: Tempted.