Living In The Fog: Fear. Obligation. Guilt.
Last April, I was living at an ashram in Australia, while completing my Yoga Teacher Training. This is when I was informed that I was living in the fog…or rather, the F.O.G. (Fear. Obligation. Guilt.)
I was having a lovely little chat with a fellow on a personal retreat…I was telling him how much I wanted to live in Australia, but ‘I couldn’t.’ He said, “Hilary, I don’t understand. If you want to live in Australia…make it happen. There is no reason why you can’t.” I explained to him that I felt obligated to be near my mother…and guilt that I had been away from her for so long…that I was scared of beginning the process of gaining residency…blah blah blah.
Good old Michael Sweetman looked at me and said…
“Hilary, you’re living in the F.O.G. Fear, obligation and guilt. You don’t need to choose that.”
He encouraged me to opt for “freedom, openness and gratitude.”
I realized he was right…I am a grown ass woman and I can choose to create the life I want. And so can all of you people. Screw fear. Screw obligation. Screw guilt. All of those emotions and states of mind lead to increased mental tension, stress and unhappiness. Choose freedom, openness and gratitude.
PS…I decided to move to Los Angeles, CA rather than staying in Australia. But not because of the F.O.G. Consciously cultivated choice, I promise 😀