We could learn to stop when the sun goes down and when the sun comes up. We could learn to listen to the wind; we could learn to notice that it’s raining or snowing or hailing or calm. We could reconnect with the weather that is ourselves, and we could realize that it’s sad. The sadder it is, and the vaster it is, the more our heart opens. We can stop thinking that good practice is when it’s smooth and calm, and bad practice is when it’s rough and dark. If we can hold it all in our hearts, then we can make a proper cup of tea.
Gratitude for it all – whatever it is – this Thanksgiving.
Recently, Keith came outside as I was beginning my practice early one morning (we are all early birds in this castle) and said happily “YOGA!”
“Gotta do what I gotta do.” I said.
“Perfect is the enemy of good, right?” He said.
“Totally.” I grinned. Because, I knew exactly what he meant.
I had one of the best home practices in a long time.
I think we are all too familiar with the voice inside of us.
“If only I had this – then I would do/get that.”
“I don’t have the time I ‘really’ need to do it (practice, go to the gym, run, clean, start a project, cook a healthy dinner), therefore I won’t.”
“If it were this….then it would be that”.
“If I can’t make it to the studio, then I won’t practice.”
The voice telling us that all conditions must be a certain way before we begin or do anything that we know might improve our lives (or change it). The weather reporter as some people call it.
The other perfection advocate within us is the one that keeps pushing, forcing, advancing, tweaking, changing, until this illusion of perfection is achieved. This can often leave us burned out…defeated…hurt.
Sometimes, good – is exactly all we need. I think Mick Jagger coined it perfectly – “You can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need.” For me, this has been a huge learning as of late and it has helped me in cultivating a home practice that may not be what it is in the studio, but, the fact is, over time, it could be.
Perfection is just an endless pursuit. It is not an actual. Ever.
You don’t have to be a yogi to experience this.
It’s about effort. NOT getting it right every single time. Chances are within those efforts we catch glimmers of perfection or as some would say “excellence”.
“99% Practice, 1% Theory”, Right?
“Yoga releases the creative potential of Life. It does this by establishing a structure for self realization, by showing how we can progress along the journey, and by opening a sacred vision of the Ultimate, of our Divine Origin, and final Destiny. That Light that yoga sheds on Life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees. It brings knowledge and elevates it to wisdom.”
B.K.S Iyengar, Light on Life
The above leaves me speechless – what more does one need to ramble on about the wonder of this thing called yoga – he said it ALL right there.