“I’m not flexible enough,” is what most people say, when I ask whether they’ve tried yoga before. “But being flexible in the body is not what yoga’s about,” I think, but rarely do I say. “It’s about learning to be flexible in the mind, and to cease limiting ourselves with unusable thoughts.”
When we believe the condition of our body, or the circumstances of our life situation need to determine what we do with our lives, we are listening to the lies of our Ego.
Ego has good intentions. All it wants is for us to survive. But the voice of Ego is not the voice of wisdom, and is often the fearful voice we imagine society as a collective does have. We have to learn to drown out Ego’s anxieties and remember we are not made of glass.
I practiced yoga beside a one-legged man once. He had no difficulty making his way through the practice; indeed he was still smiling when we finished. It was his first class.
Now, while yoga is clearly not life, it is indeed a metaphor for life; and in life, there will always be others who can do things in a different way than us, can do things we are yet to achieve.
Big deal. We must not discourage ourselves with demotivating thoughts.
We must feel empowered. We must know that no man has ever crossed a desert without first standing up. It is time to feel alive, to take chances, and truly live, to experience all this life has to offer, and know that rarely do people stumble on to the perfect path in life by sitting around worrying.
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