Last Sunday, I got a great email from Lodro Rinzler. He was sharing the start of a weekly meditation challenge. I was intrigued. I have had starts and stops in my meditation practice, and I was hopeful that joining in a weekly challenge might give me a bit of a push and some needed focus. Plus, I apparently have a thing for anything that is framed as a challenge. Not sure what that means…just saying it’s there is all.
This first challenge has a focus on gentleness. If you view the video linked above, you will see a seven minute video where Lodro outlines the challenge and the meditation approach for the week.
In the video, Lodro points out that it is common for people to think that they should always be good with meditation which means being good with following our breath. When this doesn’t happen, we may default to beating ourselves up and putting ourselves down – potentially without even realizing we are doing so. But rather than be so hard on ourselves, we can just redirect ourselves back to our breath and go on from there.
Consider how this can apply to your yoga practice and just your daily interactions. For example are you hard on yourself when you:
- have a difficult class?
- find yourself needing to sit out one, two, five postures?
- not doing a posture as well as you think you should?
Lodro suggests that when we are hard on ourselves like this to simply recognize that this is ok. If you meditate, and you lose your breath/focus, it’s ok. It’s a normal thing to happen. The three things I listed above, it’s OK! It happens. Rather than talk negatively to ourselves, let’s focus on being kind to ourselves and developing compassion, understanding, and gentleness with ourselves.
On the day that I read about Lodro’s meditation challenge, I noticed that the following was posted on MBYL as the retro throwback, Be Kind to Yourself. It’s very interesting how these things align isn’t it?
I hope you will join me in the weekly challenges with Lodro, and the community he has created around it. I look forward to sharing with you what I have learned from each of them.