The Art of Competing with Myself.

Via on Jan 14, 2013

Supta Kurmasana

The first time I went to a yoga class, I was looking for one more way to perfect my body.

Oh vanity…

But what I found was so much more than that. Unlike many other things I had tried, this was not about perfection or competition. This was about showing up, being present and allowing my body and mind to change a little more every day. I learned that it was much more about allowing than striving.

But then, the ego is still there.

Lately, I find that I’m competing with myself a bit. Can I hold this pose longer? Can I go deeper? It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, of course, but I believe there is a fine line there. There is a line between wanting growth and feeding our egos. There is a line between the natural unfolding and improving of one’s practice and becoming a control freak overly competitive. There is a line between joyfully desiring to see physical and spiritual progress in my practice and being frustrated or beating up on myself if it isn’t happening as quickly as I’d like.

That line is called intention.

If my intention is continued growth in my practice, it will be a joy to see myself improve, not a frustration or a constant trying to “measure up.”

Today, I got up to practice much earlier than normal. “Farm chores” early. “So early it’s actually just really late” early. Before five early. I had been finding myself scrambling during the day to get everything done with the longer daily practice, so up earlier it is.

For me, getting up almost two hours earlier than normal is growth in my practice. My feet don’t want to stay behind my head? I can live with that. I’ll get there. Or not. I’ll keep at it.

And in honor of Dwight Schrute up above:

beet smoothie

Un-beet-able Smoothie

Beets are awesome. They are great blood builders, cleansing for the liver, full of antioxidants and iron—and they are yummy.

(serves one)

Two small beets (I like to get the prepared beets in the produce section if I’m using them this way. There’s nothing added, but they are much easier to deal with)

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup frozen tart cherries

juice of one lemon

some additional water (or coconut water if you need some extra calories and electrolytes)

Throw it in the blender. Yum.

*This is extremely tart and I like it like that. If you’d like something milder, up the amount of water and/or add a little stevia.

 

What was your practice like today? Are you doing #yogaeverydamnday this month? Check back for my updates and follow along on Twitter @kate_bartolotta and Pinterest.

 

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on Amazon.com You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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6 Responses to “The Art of Competing with Myself.”

  1. Aaron Hill says:

    Glad to see you enjoyed my Ashtanga Meme! And I can totally relate to that struggle between drive and ego…

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