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“Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority. All people are born with different constitutions. Never compare with others. Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength. Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”
(From Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom, by B.K.S. Iyengar)
“[I]f you go step by step, there will be no problems. Enjoy each step. Trying to leap many steps at once can be a problem.” (from The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, by T.K.V. Desikachar)
I love this quote – I think it sums up in a few succinct words the difficulties many of us experience in trying to improve ourselves, whether as climbers/athletes or in other aspects of our beings. Impatiently trying to skip and jump steps, to rush the process, to force the body or brain beyond their breaking points, to rush the gains while failing to enjoy and savor each step — those represent some of our biggest missteps throughout our personal processes even when we may indeed be on the proper path, and these missteps too often result in overuse injuries, overtraining, self-loathing, disgust, giving up, dissatisfaction and/or burnnout.
This quote reminds us that no matter what our goals may be, we shouldn’t forget to enjoy the present moment, to savor where we are now and to not force our own processes, but instead, to be our own greatest allies as we progress at a reasonable and sustainable pace. And while we’ll all undoubtedly still trip and miss steps and fall down a few stairs still now and again as we continue on our journeys, hopefully those stumbles will get smaller and smaller as we move along our paths with more awareness and self-acceptance.
“…[M]anifestation requires that we accept limitation. This requires a certain amount of repetition. If we cannot accept limitation or repetition, we won’t manifest.” (From Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series), by Anodea Judith)