“When students hold back in a posture, or when they don’t work to their full capacity, they may fear that there is not going to be enough energy to do the next pose. Teach your students that each pose gives the energy required to do it. It is only when we persist in feeling a lack of abundance that we hold back and do not put our whole selves into every pose.” **Working on something in your personal life? Setting goals and backing out of them? Replace the word pose in the above quote with whatever it is you are working on…**
Enough. What is actually enough? We spend so much of our time postponing our dreams, goals, visions until we are “_______” or we have “_______”. How many times have you said, “I will travel to [blank] when I have more money.” Or “I will apply for that dream job when I am smarter.” Or “I will try [blank] when I am older” … or “I would have tried [blank] 20 years ago but now it is too late.”
When we hold back on ourselves we are holding back from the world. We aren’t giving ourselves the MASSIVE gift of shining to our full potential.
I love that quote above because it is so perfect for our focus this week of Asteya – non-stealing. Practicing Asteya towards all beings and deffo most importantly not stealing from ourselves. Think of your physical practice… Is the only thing that is keeping you from nailing that pose you’re working on yourself? Is it you not pushing yourself that extra one inch that will actually take you a mile? Is your excuse to wait to travel until you have more money really your plan of action? Or will that turn to “I have kids… I will do it after they leave the house.” Will that then become “I would have done that 20 years ago, I’m too old now.” What will taking that leap… what will that huge risk, dare, and gift give you? The best gift- the gift of potential and possibility.
One of my yoga teachers in my training used to ask me if I had an extra ‘L’ in my name for lazy. Holy shit did that PISS ME OFF. It was medium rude and also medium true so therefore an awesome question. When he would say that I would get so ANGRY. Like Tom Hardy in Warrior angry. But I would push myself. I would go way deeper in my warriors to prove myself. I would push further instead of fearing becoming too tired and not having enough energy to finish the primary series. That sweet spot of standing strong in that moment, pressing on and not bailing out is where the magic happens.
We can talk about that metaphor all day long in our physical practice and connect it to our daily lives. When you push in your practice you see the results and you see the magic. When you commit to that thing, that dream/goal that is whispering to your intuition the magic in your life happens.
DO IT! When life gives you lemons… go online and buy that damn plane ticket you have always wanted to.