New year, new life

As we come into new year, we make resolutions and plans, we hope and dream that our lives  will be transformed or at least will get better.

Humankind would not have survived that long (and achieved what we have achieved) if we didn’t believe that tomorrow will be better than yesterday. On the other hand, let’s be honest grownups here, it’s not our first new year, we have been doing this for quite some time now – come morning of January 1st it will be the same you, waking up in the same bed (OK, bed might be different or random, headache might be new), to the same life, with the same joys and problems.

What often buries even the best and strongest of intentions is setting the bar incredibly high and expecting an instant transformations once we commit. Without even considering the chance of failure, relapses and temporary setbacks.

Yoga teaches us to commit to walking the path, one step at a time, doing the job to the best of our ability without getting attached to the results/fruit of our labour. Setting the bar high and expecting immediate change will most likely lead to failure, failure will lead to disappointment and before you know it you might give up on the new year, waiting for the next one to start all over again.

Change is always slow, often painful, most likely noticeable well after it starts happening – so commit to taking it one day at a time, walking one mile a day and may be further down the road that dramatic change, that tectonic shift you want, will happen. Because “How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives.”