Embrace your Limitations
As I was doing yoga one morning after having missed it for a couple of days, I was feeling it in my postures. It was tough getting back into it. I could feel all the aches and pains and stiffness in my body. I noticed myself becoming frustrated with my inability to get right back into it. Yoga teaches us to stay in the moment and embrace our own unique expression of the postures, however that didn't stop the negative mind chatter from taking over. You know that nagging voice that tells you, you should be further along in the process or performing much better. This went on almost the entire time. I am sure we all have been there. Taking yoga classes with a wonderful teacher that promises to get you to her level in no time. You arrive at the studio filled with hopes and pride because you actually were able to make yourself come here to work out. A totally slim and athletic yoga teacher greets you and she is wearing the...
perfectly color coordinated outfit that only matches her unrivaled enthusiasm and zen like attitude. Midway through the class you are in the back sweating like a pig, passing gas during difficult postures that she seems to master with ease. You look around and in your mind suddenly everyone else seems to be doing much better than you and you start to question why you even came here. So needless to say my yoga session wasn't such an uplifting or enlightening experience I would have liked it to be.
Only at the end as I was laying in meditation totally exhausted and happy it was over, I had an apifiny: “Love your limitations, for they teach you a valuable lesson in courage and self discipline.” This came as a solution to what I had just experienced, almost as if I had to go through it in order to understand the moral of the story. I know my angels were talking to me, helping me to understand what had just happened.
Sometimes we can try too hard that we actually regress instead of make any valuable progress. Always pushing to achieve a desired outcome only to experience the exact opposite; frustration, defeat and feelings of inadequacy. We get stuck in what the limitations represent and forget that we can rise above them by practicing discipline each day to overcome them. Yet as I was pondering that thought a bit more I realized that it is actually more of an act of embracing than overcoming, because the whole meaning of overcoming implies a forceful push or working against action. We can all get so caught up in the things we want to change about ourselves or our lives that we forget that they impart valuable lessons. When we stop and sit with them for a moment and listen, we can actually learn to integrate them into our unique experience of self as a positive influence rather than destructive force. That made me feel better. I guess discipline does not mean perfection, but rather consistently approaching a challenge with a sense of compassion until it disappears. My next yoga session is tomorrow. We will see what happens! ;-)