"The movement is small, but it's movement nonetheless." These are the words spoken by my yoga instructor as she guides us through a really challenging pose.
It resonates with me sharply, like a micro-moment of waking up.
The movement can be small, but it's movement nonetheless.
How quick we are to place rigid specifications on how big we think our movements, our achievements, our growth needs to be, in order that we can then grant ourselves permission to feel good. When we deem our smaller movements 'not good enough,' what we're really saying is "I'm not good enough."
If I could just do the pose better, if I could twist further, if I could look more like the woman in front of me, if only I worked harder or practiced more regularly or shed a few pounds.
You know the song I'm singing here, right?
If only I were more [like this], then I would finally get to feel [like that]. This is the flagship feeling of your most unworthy self. I urge you to take notice of when you're talking to yourself like this.
Because in the mindset of 'not good enough', no fulfillment is ever found. No big goal is ever reached by de-valuing where you are right now. Mini-movements are just as worthy a cause for celebration as a movement of any other size.
I wonder if you might be trapping yourself right now in a way of thinking, a way of measuring the size of your movements that's outrageously unfair?
You might be capable of doing the big pose, but if you end up losing the connection with your breath and you fall out of alignment with the integrity of the pose, then does your big move really qualify as a success?
Quality trumps size every single time.
What micro-movements are you making right now in your life that you'd now like to celebrate?
It's critical that you let yourself do just that.
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