So, I’ve been quite the yogi that I didn’t realize that I would become recently after participating in a yoga challenge. It’s still in progress and I’m learning a lot along the way. I noticed the other day when some old habits started to creep up on me. I had to shut them down. That’s progress in itself because I didn’t always shit it down. I let it take over…
I was practicing sugar cane pose; a challenge for me right now. It’s a process. Everything is. While practicing, I got frustrated at one point and plopped down on the couch feeling slightly defeated.
I immediately acknowledged my reaction and chose not to let this temporary situation keep me from pushing forward. Besides, I’m not a quitter. Quitting doesn’t resonate with me. So, I got back up and tried it again.
I realized that this is the same way I reacted to challenges in the past. I’d get so focused on where I want to be that I forget to embrace where I am at the time. I forget to acknowledge that this is life. This is a part of the process of growth and evolution. I was also reminded that yoga is beyond physical fitness.
Yoga was not created to become the fitness craze it has morphed into in western society. It’s a lifestyle that requires more mental effort than physical. Actually, it begins and ends on the spiritual level. That takes time to develop and is not something you can just jump into. It defeats the purpose and a total disrespect to the culture.
The takeaway? Don’t take yourself or life too seriously. Embrace the stages of life and try not to force things to happen. Forcing things pushes you out of alignment and sets you back. If it doesn’t happen naturally, it’s not meant to be.
You will get there when it’s your time to get there. Until then, take your time and embrace the stages. Acknowledge the frustration but don’t let it keep you from moving forward.
Love and light,