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YouTube recently suggested a video: How to Manifest Anything in Three Seconds.

I chuckled and went on my way, but the title nagged me.

Can anything worthwhile can be manifested in three seconds? Or manifested at all?

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It got me thinking about what it takes to really make positive change in our lives.

The idea of “manifesting” something is appealing, in a genie-in-the-bottle way. Wouldn’t it be nice if we just had to wish really hard and things would magically sort out?

Don’t get me wrong. I believe your attitude, mindfulness, and giving attention to the things you want to enhance or bring into your life is important.  But that doesn’t mean sitting back and expecting the universe to deliver your every wish.

The universe is not Amazon Prime. 

If we want good things, like strong bodies, healthy minds, loving relationships, and fulfilling work, we have to get off our butt and do something.

Yoga teaches us that positive effort not only leads to reward, it is a reward. Showing up for daily practice cultivates our power and agency. As we push through resistance with kindness, mindfulness and flexibility we learn to face challenges fearlessly.

Yoga helps us realise we are our own solution. We don’t need to hope and wish for the best, we can create it in our own lives — one day, one stretch, one breath at a time.