So, I went to a yoga class tonight that was just not my thing. I am very proud of myself in the way I did not get angry or frustrated at myself, the situation or the teacher. I was slightly annoyed at somethings but nothing I could not get over by laying on my mat and enjoying the heat and the sweat. In that past that would have driven me crazy. I have read many funny or sarcastic articles on things in yoga that are annoying or just silly.
Not as much annoys me any more, but there are a few things that just get me annoyed or in some situations, angry. One that gets me the most angry is people, and many teachers, tell you not to skip a pose just because you do not want to, only if there is something that is not serving you. To me this is hypocrisy. I understand that you should try doing things that make you uncomfortable to get over whatever is making you uncomfortable. But there is a time and place for all of this. If I am really paying attention to who I am am and how I feel and I do not WANT to do something, then it is NOT serving me. The spiritual side of us does seem to manifest in physical problems and sometimes I do avoid things to avoid something I just do not want to do. But if I want to be lazy, I will be lazy. If I want to not do vinyasas because my body is just not feeling it, who is to say that I should just get over that feeling because it is not a feeling worthy of being listened to.
I spend long hours at work doing things that do not make me happy, I am not going to spend money and free time doing the same and having to justify a reason for doing it. This whole letting lose and floating with the breeze thing is really showing me how much people tug on you in life. They tug you in a direction in life because they think it is good for you or good for them. No one can tell me what is good for me but me. Sure you can give me advice and point me in a direction. But if I do not go that direction do not assume it is because I was too weak, lazy or unskilled. It was simply not the best path for me. I do not have to be challenged to feel as if I am doing good. If I do not enjoy the challenge or the path I will walk another. I am not giving up, I am being compassionate to myself and others around me.
Just because you feel something in meditation, or travels, or a yoga pose, does not mean I do or ever will. There seems to be a feeling that there are too many lazy Americans. What I see is people doing things they do not want to do because they feel this shame for not wanting to be the lazy, fat or ugly American. When you spend all your time doing something you do not want to do you feel you deserve to be lazy and eat that piece of pie.
Instead, I feel that I deserve everything in my life. I do things because they serve me in some way. And I do not feel ashamed any more. I do not feel shame masked as guilt, because if I had to do it over again, I would skip that vinyasa again. People seem to think that our desires and wants are something that we should not listen to. The point is to not be attached to them so that you can see what lie below them and what drives them. You will never find out what is beyond them, without facing them head on. I do. I am. Do not assume I am not.
I am very proud of being in this place. I was afraid I would not be by the time I left for my travels and I would not enjoy the places I am in because I would either feel guilty or feel as if I need to worry about making things work. Instead I am listening to my body and the world and figuring out how I want to make things work and what is available. This is much more logical and then I do not do things just because they are available, easy, secure, or acceptable. I will do great things because of this and I will be a great person doing what I want, when I want, and how I want.