Dear Students and friends,
Returning to our Seven Spiritual Laws Of Yoga training we head into law #4 the law of least effort. The principle of the law is that we can do less and accomplish more. This principle applies to every aspect of our lives. In yoga practice when we tense our muscles resistance can make even the simplest postures seem unattainable. However, when we breathe in a pose with relaxation we enable our body to release deep thus we benefiting at a higher level using the law of least effort.
Lets take nature for example the ocean the tide comes in and flows out naturally. When we enter a yoga pose and feel a “twinge” of pain we know that we have gone just a bit too far and the best thing we can do is to ease out of it to a comfortable hold. The more practice we have the easier it is to naturally deepen into a pose. If we tell ourselves to go easy and accept what our body is saying to us over time we will find law#4 to be our friend during practice.
The same principle is true in life. If things seem rough whether it be in our personal relationships that we seek to develop or the business world in which we work hard to achieve our goals, if you continue to struggle it is because you’re not listening to law #4.
Both on and off of your yoga mat we always need to remember to step back breathe and clear your mind and see things for what they truly are. Is that pose too challenging? Maybe not just right for you as you are where you find yourself in your practice? How about if it happens to be a relationship that changed gears and your no longer really sure of what to make of it? What if its you business life that weighs down upon your shoulders to the point where you feel exhausted as if treading water but simply getting nowhere?
Come on let’s be honest, each one of us has experienced this “stagnant” period in your life whether it was just not wanting to exercise, not feeling confident in your relationships, or in doubting your productivity in the workplace. There is not one of you that cannot honestly look me in the eyes and tell me you have not felt something similar. The good new is that if you put law#4 into action you can change that for each example basically eliminating the struggle and the law clearly defines not blaming yourself as the cause for your struggle. I don’t know to me its a win win and I’ve practiced this law daily since coming to understand its meaning.
Part of growth is struggle, but it is not meant to be your way of life. Remember if something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t. The longer you sit in chaos in your practice, in your struggling relationship or in your business you are just fighting natural outcome. The Yiddish say ” Ferrshtay” the Italians say “Capisce” either translate simply to the logic of my message “Do you understand?”
The law of least effort tells us to be accepting of our situation as it is not as we wish it were. Take responsibility for our situation and don’t ever blame others or things for for outcome. Take each situation and look at it as an opportunity to transform to a greater benefit. Learn to be defenseless live without resistance without friction. Remain open to all points of view. There is no need to defend or convince others of your point of view. Over 90% of us waste our time being defensive, what a waste of precious time. When the season is right your dreams will manifest.
It will serve you well to learn to understand and practice law #4. That is your homework this month my friends.