Sunday, September 30, 2012

Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Mat

Prasarita Padottanasana D 2

This is a term used in yoga to remind yourself to stay focused on what you are doing and not compare yourself to others. Because we are all different and unique with our own body types and limitations. I've really been meditating on these words lately and trying to apply it to other areas of my life.

It's funny how often we hear a motivational quote or message of some sort and immediately think of someone else that could benefit from it's wisdom, instead of trying to find a way to apply it to our own lives. I am guilty of this myself. It's so much easier to point the finger at someone else's short comings than to acknowledge our own. We are after all, only human. I think the acceptance of this fact is crucial for anyone doing any serious self reflecting. Yes, we make mistakes and fall short, but the beauty of life is the fact that at any moment we are dissatisfied with our lives we have the power to change it.

Most of the time dissatisfaction with life actually comes from a dissatisfaction with self. I think the truly satisfied person is a master of self reflection. You cannot be satisfied with your life if you are constantly repeating those same mistakes that make you dissatisfied. It's kind of like that quote, "Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results". You obviously need to try something different. And the only way to do that is to keep your eyes on your own mat. Stay focused on what you are doing and on those areas you wish to change and stop comparing yourself to others. 

Hopefully this helps anyone who reads it to remember to not waste their energy comparing themselves to others. Life is just too short. And if you want to change anything/anyone change yourself. It's really the only thing we have control of anyway. I may not have all the answers to life, but I pretend to. :)

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