Just finished another great practice, and another learning experience. I took it gentle today, doing only the 45-minute short version in Swenson with a half-vinyasa flow. My body is SCREAMING for rest, so I’m trying to teach myself moderation. I thought I would feel cheated, or unsatisfied by skipping postures, since I’ve gotten really used to the full series, but instead, I feel really good. I feel like I’m finally starting to listen to my body, instead of just my brain. Sort of like moving with the breath – things just flow better. Knowing that I have this practice to return to EVERY morning, I feel so much freer to play with it, and try new things. I don’t have that guilt of “wasting” the posture by not pushing it to the max, on the contrary, I know the more I explore the posture, the more I will understand it and make peace with it (sleeping yogi – I’m looking at you.)
My Mom passed this on to me yesterday, so I wanted to share. They seem like great words to live by, and great messages to maybe pass along in class…
* People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
* If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
* If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
* If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
* What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
* If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
* The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
* Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
* In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children.