Here at Red Door, we're always looking for ways to Keep Life Simple. Often the struggle we experience comes from resisting reality. What does that mean? Well, it means that there are some Facts of Life, Yamas and Niyamas, that once you come to terms with them, things get easier.
Through the month of March, we'll be sharing some of these Facts with you. Take what you need and leave the rest. Let's get started!
1. Frustration is a Part of Life
Let go of any attachment to the idea that frustration is bad or to be avoided. If you've ever tried to learn something new, you understand frustration happens. It's how we deal with the frustration that matters. Think back to your first attempt at Down Dog. Did you immediately find the full expression or did you need to be guided about how your hips tilted, where your elbows were and the position of your shoulders. Did you experience the feeling of frustration? I know Crow pose gets my frustration flowing.
Release attachments to outcomes. Sound familiar? Aparigraha - the fifth Yama.
By releasing attachment to outcomes, we stay in the moment. Focus solely on right action. When I practice Crow, I am not seeking the full expression. I take it step by step and do my best with each section. I repeat the process each time I practice. Each repetition brings more refinement and, over time, I've been able to find full expression. Not every time. My intention is to do the best I can and be in the moment. Sometimes that moment is my face planted smack on my mat.
Detachment can be practiced in all aspects of our life to reduce frustration.
Start practicing Aparigraha in your daily life and let the frustrations melt away.
See you on your mat!