Seasons are changing. Back to School for many. Back to work for others. Renewing our dedication to our practice of yoga. This time of year is often a time for new resolve and a desire to improve, grow, and enhance our lives. Yet somehow when we fall short of the resolutions we make, it becomes a great reason to criticize ourselves and reinforce old belief systems that say “I’m not good enough” and “nothing will ever change”. In a way, resolutions often and easily backfire and cause more damage than good.
But here’s another way to consider how we make commitments that are fitting our spiritual yoga path. We can make these commitments as acts of being a fully mature adult and yogi who is filled with integrity for ourselves. We can see the act of making commitments – and the process by which we follow through on them – as acts of love towards ourselves and acts of karma yoga and service to those around us. Instead of setting high bars too high and beating ourselves up when we don’t reach them, we can make resolutions and commitments that are attainable, doable and attractive to reach for. We can set ourselves up to succeed. We can reinforce positive self-esteem and leave self-doubt behind. Those are signs of a fully integrated and healthy adult and yoga practitioner.
In the yoga / spiritual realm, you could even see this as a way of reducing aggression and acting with compassion in the world. Not overdoing it. Not underdoing it. Just finding the middle way. Not totally uncomfortable. Not totally comfortable. Something in between that is a challenge without being aggressive, that is practical, and that can be achieved.
Years ago, a teacher said to me, “if I make a plan to go to the movies, I always follow through because the universe is already helping me to make that happen.” At the time, I thought it was kind of crazy. It’s just the movies! But, now I see the hidden gem of wisdom in this simple act. The act of making commitments and following through to the end. And, of course, that is our yoga.
If you’re considering the commitment of a Yoga Teacher Training, come take the jump with us later in 2017 or in the new year 2018!