I write about self-reflection because:
1) It's natural for me. I'm an introspective dude who was further programmed when childhood traumas placed me (not the responsible parties) into psychoanalysis. Gets one thinking - what's my problem? But what would be truly useful is, here are some tools for dealing with your situation.
2) Self-reflection is sorely lacking today — even in yoga-land — where sometimes doing yogic practices becomes a blanket under which one hides from reflection. Like, I know know esoteric mantras or have a good backbend, but don't show up as promised.
3)The paradox that reflecting on thought and self is on the path to transcending thought is the essence of yoga and also a mindfuck. It's almost like, learn how to use it so you don't have to. ———————————————
The above was meant to be a prologue to simple point about self reflection. Sorry. I was thinking of the most common self-reflection metaphor, a mirror, and remembered an old saying from one of my first yoga trainings: "Too good is no good." In this case, to have the ability to reflect is important, but to reflect means to look. Stay with me here. ———————————————
Imagine that you looking at the mirror is light hitting the mirror — the energy you put into the work. If you are too good at self-reflection i.e. the light is so bright that it's harsh, then the reflection will be obscured, as useless as someone who does not even think to look. So in addition to being willing to self-reflect, the ability to see clearly, to see that each awareness is indeed a small victory that can mitigate suffering. ———————————————
To work for balance through Asana, some need strength, some flexibility, and some even to learn to be willing to try, which means that some may need to lighten the effort without losing the force. As always, body is vehicle to understand mind and self-reflection is no different. So I write this because if like me it's so easy for you to analyze that it becomes a harsh glare upon the mirror of your mind, then one, you are not alone, and two, you may not need the flashlight to walk the woods at night. Perhaps feeling the ground at a slower pace will provide as much direction.