What does trust mean to you?
Who do you trust? Do you trust people right away or do they have to earn your trust? What does it take to earn your trust? Are you trust-worthy? Have you ever betrayed someone’s trust?
One word. Multiple applications.
Trust was ‘my word’ during my yoga training and it kept popping up again, and again, and again. Trust. I wasn’t getting it, why did it keep popping up on my radar? I trusted that everything would be ok, I trusted people, I trusted that I was in the right place at the right time.
Then as any good Inner Travel agent knows, I had to look inward to find my truth about trust and get some answers.
Turns out I needed to trust in myself and my chosen path.
At that point in my life I was swimming in a sea of uncertainty and was desperately trying to control what I could. My previous event planning career taught me the importance of planning and controlling every.last.friggin.detail.
Yoga taught me the power of surrender, of letting go, and of trust.
Because as much as we’d like to think we can control the uncontrollable. Make the uncertain, certain. We eventually need to lean into the power of something that will help ease our worried minds…and trust is that path.
Trust is your relationship to the unknown.
This concept is beautifully exemplified in this video from our friends at Cirque du Soleil. As you’ll see, trust is built over time. It’s not in the grand, Hollywood-esque sweeping moments where the hero/heroine comes to your rescue and makes everything better in an instant. Nope, instead it’s earned over those ‘everyday moments’ where someone shows you that they’re there for you. That they’ve got your back. That you can TRUST them. And we’re all human and we won’t always get it right, but the hope is that you trust enough in them, and more importantly…in yourself that you can move forward and keep building.
But if you’re anything like me, you need to start with yourself.
So I encourage to relax. Take a breath. Drop your shoulders and quiet that overactive mind. LET GO. Surrender.
And remember, trust is earned over time, so start small and build YOUR trust with YOUR self. Baby steps.
This is some deep inner work people, but let me tell you, you’ll be amazed at what you find when you loosen your death grip on life.