A dear friend and someone who has taught me so much about life on and off the mat, Hali, shared this several weeks ago with her community. I felt the message was worth ALL of us to consider.
How often do you hold onto or focus on results? We live in a society fixated on results. We care less about the action than we do about what the action brings. We are more concerned with the test score than the learning that goes into achieving that score. Instead of relishing the moment we are in, we worry about what will happen next. Will I get an A? The job? Award? We even allow this mindset to affect our relationships. We worry what people will think of us. We fixate more on how others respond to us than whether our action was true and from our hearts. “The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone.” ~ Bhagavad Gita
What does focusing on the action alone look like to you? How does it feel when practiced? Do you remember a moment when you were able to let go of results? On the mat, we can come to the pose, experience it, and then let go of it as we move to the next. We can practice by letting go in small moments.
Hali Plourde-Rogers, RYT-200, first practiced yoga with her grandfather. She rediscovered the practice in college while learning and eventually teaching belly dance. In 2014, Hali completed her 200-hour training. She continues to teach in Onancock and is also the Executive Director of Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram @yogawithhali.