I just started reading Ganga White’s book, Yoga Beyond Belief: Insights to Awaken and Deepen Your Practice, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far. Here is one excerpt about Mental Limitations (which I think is relevant whether you practice yoga or not):
“Yoga requires mental practice as much as it involves physical discipline. A student of yoga always seeks to learn physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our minds can limit our practice as much as our bodies do. The body may have ability and energy but the mind can easily become bored, lazy, or distracted. That is why involving and using one’s mind and attention are at the core of yoga practice. The concepts we hold about ourselves can be real stumbling blocks. We form these concepts and beliefs and continually reinforce them through word and thought. Many students repeat negative statements such as, ‘I get tired easily,’ ‘I have no discipline,’ or ‘I have terrible balance.’ These assertions may have some truth, but constantly repeating them like mantras only strengthens them. The power of mind cuts both ways. I have been able to assist students in moving through blocks or inabilities simply by getting them to say, ‘I have the energy to do it,’ or ‘I am learning to do this pose.’
Even positive imagines create problems. We may approach our practice with a concept of what we can or should be able to do, or of what we have done in the past. By focusing on the concept of memory instead of on our actual ability in the moment, we may push to far…Start where you are and stay there. Watch your mental projections, images, and concepts and use them wisely. Positive self-images, when tempered with reality, can bring inspiration and energy.”
Start where you are and stay there. Love that. The more we start where we are and stay in the present moment, the more we can intuitively begin to live from our hearts rather than our heads. Igniting your spark & shining brightly in your life always has to do with connecting to your heart.
Leslie ~Sparkling Yogini