An Unexpected Lesson From Sharath
Yesterday, while searching the internet for blogging inspiration, I happened upon this article by Sharath Jois on sonima.com about how goal-setting can be counterproductive in yoga and in life. To me, his words were a reminder that as yogis, we are seeking full presence in the moment instead of attaching ourselves to arbitrary goals. In the grand scheme of life, achievements are fleeting (once you've reached your goal, you'll inevitably ask, what's next?); they hold no intrinsic meaning on their own.
His words made me take a look at my own life in a way I didn't expect. I realized there are still a few areas where goal-setting could be keeping me from full presence, and learning what I need to learn in order to grow.
Many of us are Westerners who grew up in an achievement-driven society, so it's no wonder we tend toward goal-setting. At some point in our personal growth, though, we must realize we don't have to adhere to our culture's values forever--especially when they start to hold us back.
Though there are probably far worse things you could do than set a goal, it's often the little things that hinder a grand journey. A pebble in your shoe becomes a much bigger deal if you're hiking the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail than if you're walking to your neighbor's house.
As yogis, our path is long and challenging--it's the little things that count.
Now I wonder what other pebbles I could be carrying around with me. Thanks to Sharath, I'll be taking off my proverbial shoes to have a look :)