What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day 231 - The Shoulds


"Should" is such a large part of my vocabulary and mind set.   I should not travel as much.  I should root and settle down.  I should find a new partner and have kids.  I should have a 9-5 office job.  I should pay more attention to my family.  I should spend more time with my dog.  I should eat healthier.  I should paint more.  I should do more yoga.  I should do less yoga.  I should not write this many "should's" that I am using as an example in this blog.

What if the word "should" never existed?  What if there just was.  It is honestly an impossible thought for me to imagine.  Not only is it stuck in my head, but I hear it constantly from other people.  Friends and family suggesting how I should live my life.  I ask for the suggestions just as much as I like to give these suggestions.

Just think though if the word was not there.  What if words like should, need, or want were never thought of.  Where would we be?  Would we have a drive to do anything?  Or is the drive we have from these shoulds, needs, and wants even necessary?

There are the basic shoulds.  We should eat, sleep, and urinate.  After that what are the thing we really should do?  We should buy a home, get a job, go to college, get a car, have a child, paint a picture, drink coffee, exercise.  The more we look into the things we worry about the more I realize it is pointless.

We are a nation of worries.  The start of these worries are these words.  A life without these words is my idea of a true inner peace.  The truth of accepting who I am, where I am, what I have done, and where I am going.

We can start dropping these words in yoga.  Ideas of "I should be in this pose, I want to be better at this posture, or I need to work harder.  When we accept where we are in the pose we start practicing accepting who you are. 

We "should" all start doing this :)