There’s a sign that someone gave President Barack Obama to put on the Resolute desk which says “Hard Things are Hard”. I think of this sometimes when any of my yoga instructors make the suggestion to put aside any stressful or negative thoughts that might be on the minds of anyone in the room. It’s a great concept but one that’s harder to practice in real life. The whole idea is to focus on the challenge of the yoga practice before you. Also, within that practice, one is also instructed to “leave” any mistakes, stumbles, imbalances and failed attempts at poses where they are and move to the next moment of the practice.
It all seems to be about acceptance of yourself and even forgiveness. It puts us in a place where we can be our real selves and strive to be our best with the idea that we do fall, we do make some mistakes and sometimes we excel and triumph!
But doing it, requires a certain confidence in acting completely natural – I suppose that’s what they mean when they talk about leaving your Ego at the door. Experiencing the hard things is as important as experiencing the triumphs. I think that what builds us.