Sometimes, life seems like a bunch of lemons. But here’s the trick. No, it’s not to make lemonade. It’s to practice the stuff that’s hard. To practice the stuff that’s good. And to repeat that practice OVER and OVER again.
Jason Crandell said the following on his facebook page last week:
“Sometimes students struggle with a posture because it challenges their strength. Other times, students struggle with a posture because it challenges their flexibility. What gets overlooked time and time again, though, is that students often struggle with postures because they just haven’t repeated them enough to truly understand how to do them. So, embrace repetition–it’s how we all learn.”
We get lazy. We look for an easy way out. We don’t want to do the hard stuff. We don’t want to practice. And we certainly don’t want to practice over and over again.
When we are struggling with a posture or an element of our life, it is the very best opportunity to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. To dive into the magic of uncertainty, discomfort, challenges, and life.
What this could mean for you?
You try something, you may fall on your butt. It’s possible. It may not be immediate, but it could happen. The going gets tough and WOOSH you land on your butt. You fall down.
Laugh, cry, do what you have to do to shake it off.
But then get right back up and try again.
In my personal yoga practice I have been working on Astavakrasana (eight-angle-pose.) Guess what? It is hard for me to do. I could quit. I could say “this pose is just too hard for Lora.” I could take the easy way, the coward’s way, out. I could resist growth and the hard work that comes with it.
Or I can get my butt to my mat and practice.
And it means I may fall down and fall out of the posture.
But can you see that, even though as I may be falling…I am laughing? I am giggling because it’s fun. Laughing because it’s uncomfortable. And smiling as I fall out of the pose. Because even though I’m falling out, I tried. I practiced. I gave it my best shot!
And then I tried again. I looked at the pose with a fresh set of eyes. I approached getting into the pose from a different placement on my shoulder. I applied my mistakes and difficulties from the past to help me practice again..with potentially even better chance for success.
A tad better. Still hard. Still could lift more. Still room for growth. BUT! I am still grinning as I challenge myself to go further, to lift higher, to extend my legs further. But the important thing isn’t how amazing my yoga picture does or doesn’t look. It’s not an audition piece for the cover of Yoga Journal magazine. But it is an audition for the rest of my life.
And I want to have a pretty awesome life. Because I deserve it!
So I practice. Again and again. And we’re not just talking yoga poses here.
I practice things that are hard for me. I practice getting rid of bad habits. I practice creating new GOOD habits. I practice compassion. I practice love. I practice second chances. I practice TAKING chances. I practice getting in the zone of the uncomfortable. I practice opening up. I practice letting go. I practice letting in. I practice breathing. I practice presence. I practice mindfulness. I practice success. I practice falling down and getting back up. I practice an abundance mindset. I practice joy. I practice confidence. I practice faith. I practice self-love. I practice peace. I practice living my life to its fullest. I practice a dance with the edge of my comfort zone. I practice making every day a bit more awesome than the day before. I practice changing the world.
What are you practicing? Let me know in the comments below!