Today, I’m all about “doing it, anyway”, especially when my mind tries to tell me I can’t. I’ve been stopping at the point of resistance with my morning yoga asanas for the past week because that’s what you do. You honor the body at all times so you don’t injure yourself by over-extension or overexertion. Pushing is okay, because that’s how growth happens, but you must be sensible about it and listen to what your body is telling you. But what happens when it’s not your body doing the talking? (Did anyone else start singing “Physical” by Olivia Newton John, just now?)
After sleeping in yesterday and feeling guilty about choosing rest, (What was that crap about, right?), I aimed for holding my poses for an extra minute instead of stopping where I usually do. My reasoning was that if I racked up the extra minutes for a few days, it would be like I hadn’t missed my session at all. One minute felt totally reasonable and not at all scary. Then, something totally clicked. My body wasn’t the one responding to fear. My brain was.
I pushed myself a little further than I’d originally planned and discovered that there was this crazy freedom on the other side of that self-created plateau. When I completed my extra 60 seconds, I was actually able to extend each pose and pranayama for 2 more minutes before feeling my body actually tell me to stop. I know technically I built up to this over time, because my flexibility and lung power have improved by leaps and bounds over where I was when I began, but I wonder how long I thought I couldn’t tackle this, when underneath all of that mind-mess I was really killing it and not believing in my own actual strength enough to let it out. And, my goodness! What other feats of strength had I talked myself out of?
Logic is so, so good. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up for logic! Please don’t take any this as me telling you not to give your mind equal say along with your heart or your intuition. While you’re being smart though, go ahead and ask yourself if your resistance to something is legit or if it’s fear based, like mine was. If it’s the latter, do it anyway and watch what happens. I now have an increased flow of energy and endorphins to show for it, and who knows what I might be able to apply this lesson to next time.
What could you gain by not letting fear talk you out of your goals and dreams? I want to hear from you. Let’s get real about fear and what it keeps you from achieving and how you’re overcoming that. Leave me a comment. Let’s encourage each other!
Wishing You Total Well-Being,