“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.” – Khalil Gibran
As humans, we are continuously expanding. Every single day we do things we could not do the day before. And when we have noticeable growth spurts it can feel amazing. And we long for this. For celebration. For triumph. Because we’re human and that brings us a lot of joy. And at the end of the day we just want to be happy. That’s why we do yoga. To make us feel better about some aspect of our self or our life.
It’s not all floating handstands and touching your toes to your head though. Yoga can be work, just like life. This work can be really uncomfortable. It’s about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. We don’t like the word pain, but sometimes that’s exactly how it feels. So we could all use a few reminders. This discomfort is temporary. Nothing lasts forever. And secondly, this discomfort whether on the mat or in life in necessary. It motivates us to get our butts moving and it’s also rewarding when we overcome it. So use your pain and discomfort to keep going and to expand.