One of the locations I teach at is having the floor replaced. One of my students showed up to class early. She said, "I've had some experience with remodeling, building new homes custom and customizable. It's very important to look over things carefully - check for cracks, level foundation, pipes, everything. Sometimes when going into a new home you're so excited to be in it, you will over look small things. But it's those small things that will sometime cause big problems later on."
This is a perfect analogy for your practice. Sometime we are so eager to progress forwards, to "leap" to the next step that we will ignore some of the basic fundamentals. We move ahead so quickly that we short cut building a strong foundation for our practice on which to build from. It's easy to get "good" at doing things "sloppy" that we might not realize just how important one small thing is until we really need that one small thing to engaged properly to continue advancing.
Sometimes slowing down is the most important thing for continued growth and learning.
“If you want to do really important things in life and big things in life, you can't do anything by yourself. And your best teams are your friends and your siblings.”― Deepak Chopra
I taught one of my evening classes, three brand new Yoga students.
Is it hard? Do we stretch? Will I get toned? Is it a work out, meditation, is it easy? Do we move a lot?
I answered their questions and ended with this story.
At one of my part-time jobs one of the girls asked me, "Are you good at Yoga?" She said it with complete sincerity.
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