In today’s Mid Week Mindful Moment I want to paraphrase a story I heard recently. It was about a woman who visited India to study yoga under a guru. She started out by telling the guru that she isn’t a very good yogi and listed some things about her practice that she felt she was failing in. She followed the list by saying that she wasn’t sure how she was going to implement all of the 8 limbs of yoga in her life. Lucky for her, her guru was wise. Her guru told her that it didn’t matter. Her guru told her to just do the yoga that she knew.
You see, when we look at the purification of our life and compare it to where someone else may be, we will always come short. What I would also like to point out is that when someone else compares the purification of their life to yours, they will also fall short.
Our life lessons are personal, and come to us on an as needed basis. Either we just don’t know, or we haven’t committed to the practice. What this wise guru knew was that when we commit to doing the yoga that we know, what no longer serves us begins to fall away. There is a refinement that happens. Good habits start to fall into place and the mirror get shined. It just doesn’t happen all at once.
Stay on course my friends. Learn with commitment and compassion. To me, it’s all about showing up to your mat and doing what you know. I can guarantee from experience, that every time, there is something new to be gained and applied that bring us closer to where and who we want to be.
PS: If you are local and interested, there will be an Intuitive Meditation Workshop on Saturday September 21st from 10am-11am here at the studio where we will continue the study of The Yamas & Niyamas. This month is all about Saucha. Cost is 5- per person or 8- for two. I would love to see you there.