Tree Pose

ďYoga is mind, body and breath. No attachment to outcome, no judgment.Ē  My yoga teacher began the class with this centering thought. Halfway through the session we are doing the tree pose and Iím wobbling back and forth trying to raise my foot higher than last week. Obviously I have gone beyond the attachment to outcomes, I am striving to do better, to raise the bar, to achieve, and Iíve turned yoga into another competitive quest.  If you are wondering what tree pose looks like click here.

Achieving balance in the pose is hard for me.  Actually balance in life is difficult for me.  I am naturally an extremist, for me more is always better. Thatís not a good way to live. More in my fitness routine robs me of the joyous activity as I turn it into work and performance.  More on the weekend drains me rendering me exhausted and tired on Monday morning. Even as a consumer, more material goods equal more to take care of. Is more better?  Could it really be as easy as no attachment to outcome, no expectations, and no judgments? What if instead I valued experiencing life?  As a child I would play outside in the evenings with other kids in the neighborhood. We would play games like kick the can and flashlight tag. Nobody ever kept track of who was the best, or how many games were won or lost. We were blissfully unaware that this could be a way to measure our success. The outcome was never the goal-fun was.  And there you have it; a childís perspective on balance is remembering why youíre doing it. Next time Iím deliberating my excesses Iím going to stop and ask myself why.