case in point....my sweet son is hitting the oft lamented stage known as the "terrible twos". it is hard! hard for him and for rich and i as parents. it seems that tantrums very often accompany demands that something be done "right away". time to clean up now! tantrum. time to put your shoes on! tantrum! time to go home for lunch! tantrum!
what i am learning, and its certainly not fool proof, is that if i allow more time for transitions, more time for him to come to the action, decision, request on his own...he comes happily and with little drama.
in the same way that we are fully capable of making demands on ourselves in our yoga practice (and that's not always a bad thing, but....), often these demands are met with: resistance, denial, tension, discontent, and even injury.
what if, instead of making demands from our practice, we allow for a more loosely structured unfolding of ourselves? I'm not suggesting we only ever do things that are easy for us or that we never challenge ourselves, but rather, can we trust that we will get there on our own, without having to cajole, force, or goad ourselves into a pose? is it really worth the drama? the potential harm? the longer i practice, the less i think so.
my goal with my personal practice lately is simply this: to come away from my mat feeling more connected to my authentic self. to feel more connected to what and who i am right now, knowing that my commitment, my consistency, and my faith in this process of learning and evolving will get me there - no grunting required.
how is your practice influencing your life? and vice versa, how is your life reflecting in your practice? ponder playfully, friends....feel free to share in the comments!