Practice makes perfect, or does it?
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about yoga – that may sound obsessive, but it’s my happy place.
I physically dream all the time of being able to do asanas & inversions that my waking body cannot achieve. I don’t even wake up disappointed that I can’t do them – just glad of the experience in my sleep! Yoga creeps into your life and takes over for the better! -The way you sit, stand, and move, giving people another second at the lights in traffic, or not getting so wound up at people all the time.
Somewhere along the way you realise that the real journey that you are on is happening on the inside, not the outside. You develop your relationship with you. Your awareness increases and consequently your outlook changes – for the better.
I’m not perfect – far from it ! but I think I’m beginning to fully accept myself and all my faults – I won’t get it right all the time. I no longer hold myself to task on insane levels of unattainable perfection and needlessly grilling and berating myself when I don’t achieve what I set out to do. I still strive with pride for goals but if I don’t get there I do know that I’m not a bad person, I’m imperfect and that’s ok. I can’t make everyone like me, or agree with me, or have the same view of life as me and I accept the fact that sometimes I will be the one who gets it wrong, or says or does the wrong thing.
Yoga has taught me these things.
It can be summed up in one word.
It is through our practice that growth, strength and flexibility is achieved.
This occurs not only at the physical level but at the mental, emotional and spiritual levels too.
What is true of yoga is true of life.
How’s your practice going?
So what if practice doesn’t make perfect?
What if it’s just practice?
Through that we grow and learn and isn’t that perfection? Rather than some end goal that we’re trying to get to? Sure it’s still good to have goals, but just as a compass bearing, for direction, the journey itself is the teaching and the skills we learn become part of us, change us, transform us. Stop putting your happiness on hold until you achieve x or y….
You are already perfect – just realise it along the way!
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