The concept of rest is very hard for society nowadays. We are bombarded by media who tells it it should always be a hustle. We should be always running here and there and getting the next thing. There's a nicer car, a nicer house, nicer clothes, nicer body. And of course there is no shame at all to wanting these nice things. We all want to be comfortable and happy. And sometimes it is easy to associate happiness with what we have, in material things, in beautiful material things. And for some point there is a happiness that is given by the material things, but there is also the wanting for more. We see what others have and we want that too. In some sense there is no feeling of contentment and satisfaction. There is always the comparison factor.
In ashtanga it is easy to get into this mentality. We see other peoples practice and we want to get a flexible as them, or as strong as them. We want to have their jumpbacks, or their backbends, or their strength. While others see us and they also want stuff we can do that they cannot. And in a way this can work for us, we get motivated to get what we want, but sometimes there's also the frustration of comparison. And yes we are human beings we were programmed to compare and spot the differences.
What we often skip is finding the beauty in what we have, finding the happiness in what we do. We are always looking to the front, to the future, to the possibilities that it becomes quite easy to forget what we have now. The beauty of what is. And that is just that.
Short and sweet post this week. I continue the rest of my rest. I hope you all are well and happy and healthy. I'll see you soon. Questions on how to practice with me online or in person is always welcome.
Lots of love