We love to measure everything in life: how much we are getting or receiving, the amount of energy you generate to make things happen, and even the smallest movements that can have little or profound effects in one’s life.
Recently I read a great article written by James Clear about measuring things in life.
“The trick is to realize that counting, measuring, and tracking is not about the result. It’s about the system, not the goal.
Measure from a place of curiosity.
Measure to discover, to find out, to understand.
Measure from a place of self-awareness.
Measure to get to know yourself better.
Measure to see if you are showing up.
Measure to see if you’re actually spending time on the things that are important to you.”
These words invite us to examine what this means for our yoga practice. What is not important is the goal, it is the system. The process, the journey one takes to unfold what you desire. However, placing ALL your energies to that GOAL alone, that thought alone, can be destructive even to the point that it becomes fleeting and you give up.
Measure from a place of curiosity~
Be curious about your practice. Why do we move this specific way? What is it about pranayama breathing that sets the scene for the entire class? Be curious about your surroundings. Why do we have the heat? Why the mirrors?
Measure to discover, to find out, to understand~
Your hatha yoga practice is a place to discover the innermost understanding of your strength and flexibility. Most of you who have been practicing for a while have noted and seen the difference in your body, mind and spirit. What steps did you take to understand your growth in your practice? The smallest measurement of improvement can be the largest in your life.
Measure from a place of self-awareness~
Begin to honor and witness the fluctuations of your thoughts. Measure the beauty of the flexibility of your mind as you awaken more to understanding who you are, in the classroom and out.
Measure to get to know yourself better~
Through this self-awareness you can begin to measure all the aspects of your yoga practice that will SERVE you. When you start to know yourself better, life blossoms. When you feed yourself with not only nourishment but also oxygen, things change. We change. You better yourself for the world.
Measure to see if you are showing up~
Not only in showing up to your classes daily or twice a week. This also means showing up to be the best being you can for your family and friends. Showing up to their needs so that they can honor and respect yours.
Measure to see if you’re actually spending time on the things that are important to you~
Are you utilizing all of your time to make each and every day meaningful to you? We all know that life is precious, but do you actually live that? This yoga practice allows you to spend 90 minutes on yourself. We are given this body to use it for our greatest good, inside and out. The Bikram Yoga system is profound and incredibly important for your organs, your systems and your breath.
As Bikram has said, “There are only 6 inches between your mind/brain and your heart.” This is the most important measurement, as that connection feeds love, peace and joy to ALL of you.