"When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought."
- Eckhart Tolle -
ON THE MAT
It's easy to attach labels to everything we do and experience. When you step on your mat, your practice is inviting you to peel away the labels and keep getting closer to your authentic self. The place where ego, labels and stories drop away.
Here's what I've learned about LABELS, they remove you from the ability to make an authentic connection. In the hot room when you start to label a posture as 'difficult' or the practice as 'good' or 'bad' you actually aren't practicing anymore. Your thoughts start to build a storyline around the label. You remove yourself from the full experience.
Today we have 60 mins, let's do the work of having a direct experience with our practice. Let's pay attention to when our thoughts drift to labelling and see if we can return to our practice and allow it to be what it is today. In other words let's give ourselves permission for the miraculous to arrive with a deliberate breath.
OFF THE MAT
I get got in the trap all the time. Especially as a business owner, I want every student to have a good class...every time they practice. So after class I often ask, "how was your class today?"
It's hard to break that habit and simply allow people to have space for their own experience without labels. I to often ask them to label it as 'good' or 'bad'. We want to improve & grow as a business, so after every class we also send out feedback forms. In our culture of apps like Yelp & Foursquare, Google and Facebook reviews it's hard to balance that with just letting students be.
We can take this into all areas of our life. When we go for dinner, how often do add a label to the service or the food? We can step back be present to the whole experience. I remember once I had 'terrible' service, and instead of enjoying my company and being present I spent the next 30 minutes stuck on this label of 'terrible service'. I wasn't with my friend anymore, I was stuck on the label and all the stories I created around it. My mate was talking to me but in my head I was thinking of the review I would leave on Yelp.
This sense of miraculous is what I want to return too in 2016. And so I practice... one deliberate breath at a time.
PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK
- some really filthy beats this week - mostly inspired by a 14 year old kid out of Ohio named Ordnry Yngstr