Commitment. Learning to commit to a pose.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”
― W.H. Murray (The Scottish Himalaya Expedition)
The advances in information technology has led us into information overload. This causes us to move on before we have fully committed to the thing or process that we originally started with. We are always looking for the next best thing – because we believe it will serve us better than the previous one. On a micro scale this happens in a yoga class; we are in a pose that ignites either physical or emotional discomfort (not physical pain, we should always move away from this) and rather than spending time exploring and discovering, we often leave the pose instead or distract ourselves (think fidgeting, having water). When we do this we miss the wisdom that pose is asking us to explore. We miss the chance to experience the rewards of temporary discomfort.
In your practice commit to the pose, commit to the class, commit to the process. When we commit we get a full sense of the experience that is happening and a clearer judgment of what is or isn’t working for us.
Movement is for life, not just the New Year!