ve you ever arrived to yoga class and you have a sub or your teacher says class is going to focus on something you were not expecting? Does that ever make you aggravated or disappointed? I find that I can easily set myself up for frustration by getting too tied to my expectation. I read a quote a while back that said “Unrealistic expectations are premeditated resentments" I have found even if it was a realistic expectation, such as having a certain teacher for class, or the expectation that everything will be just as it was last time can really play with the mind/heart.
What if we could simply be open and thankful for whatever is presenting itself to us right now? What if we could just step into the experience without using the mental and energetic energy to complain or whine that “it wasn’t supposed to be this way” What if we could create the space to experience something new, or different and possibly add that to our list of life’s great moments? And even if we are being presented with something painful or hurtful, maybe we can learn to honor the real feelings and emotions we have at the moment and have faith that things will not always be this way.
A yoga practice is a great way to practice the gift of noticing. We are reminded to notice subtle shifts in the body and the impact it has on how we feel. What if we could start taking that practice off the mat and catch ourselves during the day, noticing how we are thinking or approaching something - what if we had a subtle shift, what might the outcome be?
Hi - I am Michelle, wife of one, mother of three, long time yoga practitioner.