When I throw a balancing posture into the mix when I teach yoga, it’s not uncommon for me to see frustration or see someone that is a little irritated (okay, they’re pissed). This usually happens because the student really really REALLY wants the pose. I’ve also seen disappointment inn students that don’t hit their desired max weight in a lifting session.
Wanting a pose or shooting for a goal is not a bad thing, in fact, the Sanskrit word tapas (desire) encourages motivation. The tricky thing is finding the balance when it comes to out goals, whether it’s fitness or otherwise.
The internal dialogue when we aren’t happy with our current situation can go like this, ” I just got this pose yesterday, why can’t I get it today?!” or “I just hit that number earlier, I should be able to do lift that now!”.
The truth is, nothing is ever linear. Things are constantly changing and evolving, including what we consider progress. One day, you might have a pose, the next day, maybe it evades you. This doesn’t change the value or diminish your hard work. Yes, the weights may be different than you expected, but does that mean you shouldn’t work out, or that your work is wasted? Of course not.
We fall into these patterns of thinking and feeling because we are human. We cling to what we know has happened to us (the past) and we reach into something that we really want (the future).
In truth, the only thing we can experience is the present, so don’t miss your moment! The present is a space where we can create, explore, and evolve in our bodies, minds, and fitness. When we become attached to our past, or focused on things that haven’t happened yet, we lose sight of the precious gift of being in the here and now.
“Right now- in the very instant of groundlessness (the present)- is the seed of taking care of those who need our care and of discovering our goodness” – Pema Chodron
Being present allows us to give our best with what we have in the given moment. So the next time you step on your mat, enter into your gym, or step into your sneakers, remember to stay connected to your present moment, and be ready to discover the goodness that’s within you.