This morning I had a different yoga teacher than I usually have. I love my yoga teacher. Sometimes it’s nice to hear something from a new voice. My teacher said that we need to be mindful that it’s the little things that trip us up. The little things are the things we keep doing over and over again because they are so small that we don’t even realize we are doing them.
On the physical level, as we moved through our posses, she was speaking of the small muscles. Her style of teaching can be very difficult. I think it is the hardest work out I ever have doing virtually nothing. However, the mindfulness of the practice requires that all those little muscles that I never use, instead relying on my bigger muscles to power through, are forced to work. Naturally this is much much harder.
Considering the idea that we miss the little things due to lack of mindfulness and the fact that we probably do those little things again and again, consider the ways in which we trap ourselves due to behaviors that we may do again and again without thought. Therapy can help us find those behaviors. Meditation can help us find those behaviors. As we recognize them, we can either welcome them as something we can use consciously or we can decide that this is something we do not want to have in our life any more. As we become mindful and conscious of those small things that trip us up and hold us back, we can learn to flex the new muscles. It won’t happen over night. Those little muscles that are under utilized need time to strengthen to hold us up. However, as we keep noticing, eventually we find a new way of being in the world.