Updated: May 16, 2019
Arcusology: The arrow is pulled backwards before it launches forward.
We can all find ourselves going through hardship. It's not until later that we learn the lessons behind those hardships. Usually, these places are what eventually give us the backbone to create, invent, and get focused. Of course, this does not happen overnight, but with a little work and the beauty of time, we will get there.
The idea behind the name, Arcusology, came to me almost four years ago during a 'Valentine's Day' Activation Workshop in 2014 with my friends at Aliign. It was a room with about 60 people doing Yoga at the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Ca., in the dark with neon lights and a DJ playing electronic-yoga music, very "L.A." The week leading up to this event had been one of the most painful weeks in my life, I had just gotten out of a relationship and felt my heart broken into pieces. I thought he was "the one." The relationship turned out to be unexpectedly toxic, and as much as I wanted it to work, it was best for me to walk away. As you can imagine there were a lot of emotions running through about life, love, and moving on.
During the workshop, in the middle of standing bow pose, I found myself struggling to concentrate. I wandered on about the could've, should've, if's, and's and but's about the relationship. Questions like, "why didn't I see this coming?" and "how could this have happened?" crossed my mind constantly. I suddenly had the realization while in standing bow pose that in order to launch forward in life we must first pullback, reassess, reprogram, release, and get going again. Accepting that it's ok to follow these steps was a huge revelation for me. Up until that moment, I had this idea that things always had to be progressing for the best. That life had to be on the up and up to have something to share with colleagues, friends, and family. It wasn't until this moment when I realized it's ok to retrieve. It's ok if we didn't see "that thing" coming. I continued realizing that it's all part of a bigger plan. I realized this relationship was something I had to experience for me to get clear on what I wanted in life and how I wanted to achieve those things.
THE WORD: ARCUSOLOGY
Because of the symbolism behind standing bow during the yoga portion of the workshop, I found myself looking up the root word of Archery and found "Arcus" of Latin origins. I then attached the "ology" because I wanted to make the name a study of the idea of drawing the arrow backward during archery. In essence, pulling the arrow back (the arrow being ourselves) we can release to launch forward.
Arcusology was born.
I've learned to embrace that it's ok to feel stuck in a rut and to make time for ourselves. It's ok if life isn't going the way we imagined. It's ok to take care of ourselves and put ourselves first. This life lesson has taught me that life doesn't always go as planned because there are still a few things left for us to learn before moving on to the next phase of our lives. My goal with this blog is to share some tips on how I live and maintain a mindful lifestyle and routine in my everyday life. These tips will include morning routines, food, fitness, friendships, awareness, monthly favorites, and featured game changers. Super excited to share with you all!
IN A QUOTE
I came across this quote a few years ago, and it sums up what Arcusology is,
"An arrow can only be shot by pulling backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, just imagine it's going to launch you into something great."