There are times (on the mat and off) when we come across obstacles. What is your usual reaction? Push harder? Back off and avoid it? A mix of both?
My usual reaction is to push harder. I first learned this about myself on my yoga mat. I’d push harder in spite of my body asking for something more moderate. I eventually paid for this with a very tired body and some minor injuries (thank goodness they were minor and I could continue my normal everyday life).
Off the mat, I experience obstacles daily with my son. He tests all the boundaries; goes for the things he shouldn’t touch, throws a temper tantrum when he can’t get his way, and refuses to nap. I have a choice with each and every instance; I can go hard OR I can go with the flow. I can take a deep breath, look into his eyes, and find a way around the obstacle.
Next time you’re faced with an obstacle either on your mat or off, imagine a flowing and steady river in your mind. Take a deep breath and choose your reaction. Notice how it feels in your body to go with the flow; luxuriate in that feeling!