Why is it that we so often forget the power of “beginning again”?
So often we have an experience that does not go well – and we make that experience mean something so powerful or awful that it “colors” the the rest of the day, the week, the year, maybe the lifetime.
Or maybe progress in your work or your personal life is not happening as fast as you want, or as well as you want.
On the mat, at any moment, it is easy to get discouraged, or bored, or hurt. And that’s it. You are done. Arm balance becomes a wishful idea, as does balancing on your head in the middle of the room, or getting up from the floor without pain. So something happens/something goes awry, and you are done. Fini. You choose to be done.
To come at it from another perspective, consider that a baby, when learning to walk, does not have a repertoire of thoughts about failing or disappointment. Watching a baby learn to walk can be both hilarious and frightening, as you never know which end will plant on the ground when balance is lost (bottom or face). The baby doesn’t consider failures – that baby is UNSTOPPABLE in its effort to do this walking-thing, forgetting past effort, with no clue of what lies ahead. The baby just chooses to walk. And after falling, the baby chooses to walk again.
Get on the mat and choose to practice, with tapas and svadyaya – effort and self-study.
If it does not go so well, you can begin again at any moment – tomorrow, later today, or how about now?
Choose every day as a new beginning.
See you on the mat.