While my personality is one where I am naturally always working to accomplish the next “great” thing, I don’t want my yoga practice to be all about achievement.
Yes, I DO have a goal of doing a strong handstand by my 65th birthday (January 2014) and I’m serious about accomplishing that goal but I don’t believe I need my desire to do that pose as the driver of my practice. And, I still trust that I WILL be doing a nice handstand by my birthday or before.
Here is what I’m learning from yoga. If I focus on connecting with my true self, my strong and capable self, I will be successful. I will be successful at concentration and at balance and at flexibility. Trusting myself and the process will get me to a good place.
And, there is no reason to think that that good place won’t include being able to do a wonderful handstand.
I’m grateful for this understanding about moving through space and time in this life.
And, today where I live, the sun is shining brightly while at the exact same time the wind is blowing at storm level. Isn’t that so like life? The good is offered to us along with what feels like the struggle. But good and struggle aren’t always so easy to differentiate from one another.
Do you know anyone who seems to have had a life so easy that they have missed some important lessons? Do you know someone who has had such a difficult life they didn’t seem to have time to learn some important lessons? Or do you know someone who has lived with privilege but found their purpose went beyond seeking self serving comforts? (Gandhi) Or do you know someone who faced horrible challenges but turned out to live an inspirational life?
It seems to me that the people who become the wisest are those who are present and who choose to be open to the available lessons.
Yoga can magically take us to the easy and comforting while also offering us the challenges and struggles. I don’t know for sure but I’m guessing that we’ll get the most out of a yoga practice that acknowledges and welcomes the easy and the challenging. As we open our bodies, let’s also open to the possibilities.