When mind meets body
Through yoga, I’ve seen many people (including myself at times) try to become stronger, more flexible and balanced in a much too short amount of time. This inevitably leads to frustration and most likely an injury. Pushing too hard is your mind’s agenda coming into direct conflict with the limitations of your body. When the body can’t do what the mind wants, there are a few options:
Letting mind and body work together
If you choose option one or two, either way you’ll be sitting out what ever activity that you are engaged in. However, if you choose option three several amazing things start to happen:
- You are in the present moment and accurately viewing your situation. If you temporarily push too hard into new limits when you can’t sustain it, it’s not really accurate. It’s a simple ego boost. (Just a note that challenging yourself is within your limits, but pushing yourself way out of your limits is what I’m talking about)
- You cultivate a relationship with your mind and body where they work together rather than against each other.
- You become more engaged in the process rather than fixating on the end result. The end result is a by product, but the work along the way is what builds up your skills and character. Stepping on the summit of Everest is a result of all the work done from the other 29, 028 feet below.
If you think changing habits is taking too long, ask yourself “How long did it take to create?” It’s not an overnight fix but if your process is valued and you are accurately measuring results in a reasonable time frame, then it turns from an impossible task to a not only doable, but a rewarding one as well.