“You’re running and you’re running and you’re running away. You’re running and running but you can’t run away from yourself.”
– Bob Marley
I checked out during my hot class. It happens, I’m human.
The slip took place in between poses. The ‘in between’ is a big part of my yoga.
Am I moving mindfully as I transition? Or do I wander somewhere? In the instance mentioned above, go somewhere I did. I wasn’t where I went that mattered. The issue was leaving.
It’s almost too easy to run away. When the going gets tough, ducking out seems like the best option.
In a real or perceived crisis making my exit and kissing it all goodbye seems better than what I used to do- which is fight. Meeting obstacle with obstacle.
Also not a good plan.
There’s middle ground. It’s not all or nothing.
But what would happen if instead of checking out, I checked in? Instead of meeting the heat with a brute force attitude. What if I just hung with it for a sec?
It was only an instant but I came back to the heat. It wasn’t as bad as I had initially thought.
As if she was in my head the teacher started talking about a cabbie who’s sage advice was to be where you are when you are.
I wanted to get up and leave class- not because it was hot, but because that was the answer to the question I didn’t know I was asking.
Un. Freaking. Believable.
Have you had those kinds of moment on your mat?
I checked back in.
Leaving is never the answer.
Deal with being uncomfortable.
Things are never as bad as they seem if you stay.
In fact, things can only get better.
This is yoga and it’s always there for you. So stay.