How long did it take to create?

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:

  1. Push and ignore the body
  2. Give up
  3. Recognize your limits THAT day and work within them

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:

  1. 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)
  2. You cultivate a relationship with your mind and body where they work together rather than against each other.
  3. 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.

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4 thoughts on “How long did it take to create?”

  1. More dynamite here, Craig.

    Do you feel generally, it can be useful to look at the changes we want to make in “day tight” compartments?

    You know, to try and be the best we can be, that day?


    1. Hi Jim. Doing your best in that day is what is key. Why do you think so many runners get hurt? They push past their point that day based on what they could do the day before. Why do you think people get exhausted at work? Pushing past limits that on that day they can’t. If each day is viewed as separate, then some days you will be able to do more and others less, but it will balance out to a much higher average in the end.
      Thanks, Craig

  2. Certainly it is…
    Many do not know they are achieving small bits each day. instead they look for that movie moment of pleasure. A big success, a big raise. Not knowing the body and mind needs relaxation.

    Warm regards

    1. HI Isura. You said it well with “movie moment”. There are no single heroic acts that create instant results. It’s a disservice that Hollywood does by implying that after years of being or doing something one way, that change will occur after a day. It’s those changing shades of grey from start to finish that meaningful transformation takes place and it’s done by showing up everyday and putting forth an effort.
      Great comment. Thanks Isura.

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