I had an amazing experience this morning that I’d love to share with you.
I’m attending a 4 day Yoga seminar under the instruction of a very good Yoga teacher, named Patrick Fullan. Thought I’ve been practising Yoga frequently over the last three years I have never been able to stand and balance on my hand not even in front of the wall, believing that I’m not- and I’ll never be able’- to do this posture.
This morning I arrived earlier in the classroom and there was me and two more students. The instructor told me to warm up and then invited me to do the wall hand stand….I did it a couple of times with him…Then, he demonstrated the posture to me showing me a couple of other postures which would help me to stand and balance on my head properly. After that he invited me to do the posture alone in front of the wall. I tried to put in place all of the instructions I was given and suddenly I found myself doing the wall hand stand properly! My hands were not trembeling, my breath was calm and I was filled with an uplifting feeling…
When I came down I realised that two things were holding me back from pracising this posture. The first thing was fear…the second thing was lack of knowledge, as I didn’t know the technique. Then I started going up and down the wall feeling like a ten year old boy playing. I warmly thanked my instructor for his help and he told me ‘ I knew that you could do it! You just needed to familiarise yourself with the technique’.
If you ever get overwhelmed feeling unable to do something try to work out an answer to the following questions:
– Did you ever learn a technique or a strategy for that?Could you?
– What resources do you have available for help?
– If you have see anyone doing that, how they do it? What do they do?
– What skills and attribute do you need to develop in order to be able to do it?
My today’s experience was prompted me to expand and to work towards trying and doing things I’ve never done before in other aspects of my life as well.
Thanks for this insightful post, Dimos. Indeed it is amazing the things that we assume we can’t do when all we need is a little more knowledge and a technique. Then, voila, we can do it! Your story makes it so simple and clear. Thank you!
Thanks for your comment Alan! I appreciate that!