DAY TWO: Letting go of Results

Author: bikramyogachick /

"The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone."
Bhagavad Gita

It's hard to let go of results. How many times do you fall out of standing bow repeatedly and start giving yourself the evil eye in the mirror. Maybe even shaking your head in disgust before getting back in. What if we decide "This challenge I'm not going to sit out any postures for the entire 101 days". That is certainly an awesome thing to achieve. There are many yogis on this challenge that will in fact do that without trying. However, even the most seasoned yogis have their bad days. The yoga truck doesn't discriminate. It doesn't say "Hi Bikramyogachick! You've been practicing for two and a half years so I'm just going to honk and drive by, no running you over!" No. That truck doesn't care who you are, what you have eaten, how hydrated you are or how long you have been practicing. It will run you over occasionally. Some days it might even chuckle, slam it into reverse and back up after you have staggered to your feet. The important thing is that we do not give up. We take each practice as it comes. We speak with wonder of our strong rockstar practices and we let go of the tough ones. For we are here to practice Bikram yoga for 90 minutes a day for 101 days. That is the action we are focused on. We will let go of the results and just.....do!

8 comments:

Bex said...

Thanks...I needed this today. Rough, rough class. But trying to remember that I am giving myself a present just by showing up -- whatever happens in the room, happens in the room and I need to let it go once I step out of the room. Thanks for reminding me of this!

bikramyogachick said...

Bex~ so glad my words helped you today!

aHappyYogi said...

Great words!

ActionJoJo said...

Having no attachments is one of the hardest things to do! I think it is harder than stilling your mind and your body.

Danielle said...

Well said!

Big G said...

When I have those classes, I just go back to worrying strictly about the form of the postures, and don't bother trying for depth at all. This is assuming of course, that I can get off the mat:)

jedi said...

J, you read my mind! Non-attachment to results is indeed something so difficult and so necessary! When I am able to quiet the mind with my breath, and just move one breath to the next, it is easier. Honour the present moment and not just honour it, but embrace it! "When you suffer, you must be happy!" I love you Bikram. :) What a great thought for the start of a long journey!

Beckie K. said...

wow, thanks for this post. yesterday i felt like a complete failure, i had to sit out quite a few postures. it is the first time i have really ever felt like running out of the room. i wasn't feeling good, but the main reason i wanted to run is because i was mad at myself...i didn't even want to see my face in the mirror. jedi is right, non-attachment is so important!

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