Each time I have attempted to be perfect in my own life, I have set myself up for failure. This satisfied the self-fulfilling prophecy that I am not enough. Once I let go of perfection and did what I could – to the best of my ability in that moment – life became less of a struggle. I started to progress and feel more content.
In your practice notice those moments when you try to be perfect or attain a perfect pose – what happens when you don’t meet that ideal of perfect? Understand the difference between healthy striving and limiting perfectionism. Perfectionism looks like comparison and feels like struggle. Strive without wondering what other people are thinking about you and getting into habitual comparison – this is the pursuit of perfection. Ask yourself what you can do in that moment, how can you improve? Instead of gripping and forcing, find areas where you can soften. Breathe through posture rather than grip through posture.
“Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.”
― Brené Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection)