We would dearly love to bash all limits, that is part of the yearning for freedom that creates the world of yoga. This is especially true for many of us who feel that in coming into middle age, we are finally discovering ourselves, shedding fears and inhibitions, stepping into new, unknown places of power and individuation.
And so even though I empathize with you, nay I rebel with you, your limits are a significant part of what you find as you walk further and further along yoga’s road. And how you respond to those encounters plays a significant role in determining your progress.
And this is where discernment comes into the equation, RIGHT EFFORT is one of the tenents of Buddha’s Eight Fold Path.
Encountering your limits simply supplies you with information on how to apply yourself smarter and more creatively. You learn to work with your limits rather than continually fighting against them or wishing or pretending they weren’t there. You create, invent, and come up with versions of the postures that are workable and safe for you.
This theme is not all limited to the mid and later stages of life, whether young, old or in between, each of us is unceasingly 'aging& #39; --ever moving onwards towards dissolution. It is both a blessing and a curse that for many years it is actually challenging to experience the effects that the march of time has upon you. But as the years advance you begin to perceive what was once imperceptible. Signs of aging become evident, you come to directly experience the consequences of your actions. You also begin to realize the shortness and the preciousness of your time here in this body, in this place, with this consciousness. And that is why there is a particular urgency to open up the doors of expression and creativity within yourself, and to allow your practice to be part of your commitment to expressing yourself and sharing to the fullest.
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