It’s much easier to rush through your day, than it is to walk slowly and step lightly. It’s much easier to brush off small, ordinary successes and focus instead on criticism and disappointments. It’s much easier to notice all the areas that you perceive yourself as failing, than it is to shine awareness onto your inner genius.
Maybe it’s our culture, maybe it’s our evolutionary wiring. There are many different combinations of reasons for these common tendencies that could be true. As humans seeking a fulfilling life experience, perhaps the important part is what we then do with this information. I have personally gone through many days feeling quite critical, tired, and in a hurry. While these feelings are among my very least favorite, I wasn’t always aware that these were the subconscious attributes I was allowing. Often I wouldn’t notice until I had gone an entire day or week-- or even month without feeling much more than a moment of bliss. I felt stuck.
After becoming aware, often times I would turn to my books, or sign up for another yoga teacher training module, or check in with some of my favorite podcasts. I was looking outside myself. I was seeking a complicated answer to such a simple question.
One day I tried something different. I asked myself the question, “How can I be light-hearted right now?”
It could be as simple as looking up from your screen for 5 breaths to look out the window. It could be going for a slow & mindful walk outside during your lunch break. It could be allowing yourself to laugh- even when it isn’t funny. It could be making a conscious effort to give yourself a break when you feel stuck or discouraged. There are endless ways be light.
So here’s what I’ve learned, and what I’ll keep learning. My days are better when I take my time. When I accidentally tread barefoot on a cactus (whatever my personal cactus may be in that particular moment), it’s a reminder to breathe, laugh, and know that there’s plenty of space, plenty of time, and plenty of ways in which I can still beautifully succeed.