The New Year is upon us, and with it the promise of transformation, in the familiar form of New Year’s Resolutions. Oh, the pressure.
Like all of us, I’ve had varying degrees of success with resolutions, and I’ve learned over the years how analogous they are to Yoga.
Resolutions are about practicing, not about being attached to results. And the ones that have served me best are the ones that I have approached in that spirit. Many years ago, having “failed” at the previous year’s more epic and grandiose goals (I can’t even remember what they were) I chose just one: “wash my face more often.” I don’t think you’ll be shocked to hear that it worked out really well. It’s a silly example, but it taught me a useful lesson about making choices that are positive and active rather than inspirational. (more…)