Adaptabilityis a key component of survival, and as a yogi, an essential factor in making progress.
We are all old enough to understand that sometimes life will break us apart. Circumstance will cut through the strength of our long adored practices and humble us into healthy skepticism. A lover will break our hearts wide open. A new idea will change the shape of our mental landscape forever.
Aside from these most extraordinary circumstances, our desires are completely changeable—no matter how stubborn, passionately explained, convicted, well formed or researched.
When a circumstance or feeling comes up today, take a breath. Use that moment to soften your attitude. Relax your physical body to allow the mind some space to stretch and understand more completely what is being asked of you.
A flexible attitude gives us the ability to work well in times of change and to maintain some grace in the face of stress. When you find yourself frustrated, find the fluid nature of listening, observing, and asking thoughtful questions. Rather than reacting and causing yourself stress, remember to give in to your flexibility.
Bend your attitude to accommodate a new way of doing something. Bend your back to break the habit of hunching over your workstation. Bend your perspective to include whatever gets in your way, today. Include all of the change and the surprise into your flexibility training. There is no need to break under the stress of what we cannot fully control.
by Niki Saccareccia at Yoganonymous