Not Okay? That's Okay.
I just want to drop a friendly reminder that it is okay to not feel okay. We so often look for a way out of discomfort. We try to flee at the first sign of unease. I’m guiltier than anyone.
I’m not talking about physical pain and injury. Nikki covered that well yesterday.
I’m talking about emotional turmoil. I’m learning as I grow that just because life gets tricky and uncomfortable, it doesn’t mean I’m necessarily doing anything wrong. It’s ok to sit in my anxiety until my next step is clear.
I’ve always shamed myself for not finding a solution right away. I act as though true success in life is measured by how quickly you shake off unhappiness. In my mind, smart people find answers and they find them fast. If I could just accept that there are rarely easy answers. If I could accept that the answers that DO come arrive only after I’ve learned what it is I need to learn. Things always turn out better when I wait for the clear path instead of pushing and fighting my way through.
All this goes for asana practice as well. When I relax into the discomfort of the pose, whether that discomfort be from sore muscles or mental anguish, I give myself space to learn the lesson in front of me. When I fight it, I make it worse.
Give yourself a break if you feel like shit. It’ll pass and you’ll be stronger.
Till next time,