Beyond My Comfort Zone
hile I prayed over tarot cards to uncover the deepest truth of my dharma, seriously... I realized I'd lost track of my yoga practice. And by loosing track I really mean lost inspiration. This happens every now and then I think to everyone.
I am a goal oriented person. However, I learned a long time ago that goals and yoga just don't mix. It was usually when I stayed consistent the transformation would just happen. But when I got to the point of just going through the motions I realized I may need to look outside my practice for something more. There was a time when my marriage ended that I did yoga for sheer mental survival. But now two years later, I've reached a point in which my approach is different, more spiritual, more grounding. Hardly a practice in which I push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least in the physical sense.
So I decided to follow a friend to the climbing gym. I had climbed outside only once before (on a date), the guy didn't last, but I really enjoyed the challenge. I actually liked being scared. Really! I get the same sensation practicing handstands, but when you are on a wall holding on, giving up is a lot harder than just bringing your feet back down. Climbing made me feel strong, I could breathe through the discomfort, fear, and set goals! It's also one of the few sports that truly compliments a consistent yoga practice i.e. it won't undue the growth you've experienced in your yoga body like cycling or running can. A lot of my yogi friends also climb so its been pretty easy to get into the mix- sort of.
Now don't get me wrong- I suck at climbing. But so what. Trying something new, reaching beyond what was comfortable for me was all I needed to get my head back in the game of continuing to grow. Yoga will always be my first love, but climbing is proving to be exactly what I need to keep moving forward.
The Middle Path opens the eyes, produces knowledge, and leads to peace, insights, and enlightenment. -Buddha