Mind your mind – or it will mind you!
While in my usual “I can’t” story, I forgot for a moment I couldn’t and so I did. Wow, that sounds like the usual bad facebook picture meme with an inspiring picture – so let me try explaining that.
Sometimes our minds can be bullies,
and instead of us minding our minds, they mind us. I had a nice example of this last night in my yoga practice, when I was working on handstands.
I’m at an interesting cusp in my work on handstands. While I can kick up into handstand more often than not but still need a wall to prop my feet against to hold the pose once I do. Not quite as developed as say my headstand where I can almost always kick up and I can balance without a wall. But given that not too long ago I couldn’t kick up in either – the journey is definitely underway.
There’s a story in my head that I can’t balance in handstand without the wall yet, and when I try, I tend to fall down. But since I don’t always kick up successfully to the wall, I have a moment in between that is really interesting.
There’s a point where after I kick up my mind makes a decision that either:
- Yes, I’m going to be able to get my legs up the wall and keeps going to do it
- Or, I’m not and slows things down so I fall back to the floor.
But then something happened. I kicked up and my mind couldn’t decide which of my two “stories” was true – and I just paused neither falling nor touching the wall just balancing. So as my mind was balanced in indecision between the stories, it lost a certain hold and I found balance that it thought I couldn’t have.
Of course, once my mind realized what was happening the pose fell apart. 😉
This is where a yoga practice is a great microcosm for how we are in life. Sometimes our minds have stories of what we can and can’t do – but when we let go of those we can find more possibilities than we thought we had.
Remember to mind your mind and not let it run your life too much…
Or at least try to get it to stay off the furniture! 🙂