“If I listened to my mind…” is a sentence in my brother’s blog www.messyguru.typepad.com and it suggests that sometimes our greatest challenge is in our minds.
It seems that before we even begin to begin, our mind shows us all the ways we can fail, and even how it may be best to ‘not even try’.
The mind often times isn’t our best friend, but instead the ‘thing’ that keeps us from growing, healing and expanding our life experiences.
Looking back, as my brother did, over the past years and in all the places that fear wanted to root itself, but I didn’t allow it, are my most proud accomplishments.
Tomorrow is the first day of our challenge, and the greatest challenge for me is to still the mind and its list of things or reasons as to why I ‘can’t’ do the yoga.
If we can set our minds to it, or tell our minds that this is what we are going to do each day, then perhaps our minds will be rendered silent.
What actually is the purpose of this yoga is to wrestle the mind for this moment of time. To bring the mind back to the body for 20 seconds, the length of time each pose is.
The mind is like a restless 2-yr old, loves to do what ever it wants, hates to be told what to do and when!
We may be lulled by the mind to thinking the yoga is hard, but what will be harder is to convince the mind, this is what we are going to do each day.
As you lay in bed each day, watch and see what the mind comes up with, the reasons for not doing yoga, rarely do you hear it urging you on, for mostly it is holding you back.
My brother listed all the things he accomplished last year, because he didn’t listen to his mind and all the fears it presented.
I am thinking if you are aware that the mind wants you to fail, it will be easier to overcome its flimsy excuses, of how hard it will be. Yoga is the minds worst enemy.
What I know for sure is that the mind can and will try to steal your peace, your wholeness and for sure doesn’t want you to be ahead of it.
What I mostly did was drag my reluctant mind along, until it fell into line behind me.
When you contemplate whether to do yoga or not, just so you know, the Mind wins each time you don’t do it, and the body and soul loses.
It is the ultimate race between Ego and Soul.