Creating Space

From A Morning Cup of Yoga by Jane Goad Trechsel, in the section "Observe, Don't Act":

An important aspect of a sitting practice is to have no expectations. Now this is truly radical and unfamiliar to us. We are used to reacting—immediately. If we itch, we scratch; if we feel discomfort, we adjust our position. This carries into every area of our lives. Get tired of a job—quit. Get angry—blow up at someone. Have trouble in a relationship—leave it. To break that connection, to see impulses arise and not act on them, but simply to observe them—this is to turn off your auto-pilot. This is the beginning of actually taking control of your life. Simply creating some space between an event and your reaction will have a profound effect on your life.

(cf Moving from Experiences to Experiencing (2015-08-06), Holding Space (2016-07-22), Mantra - Do Less, Better (2016-12-14), Power of Intention (2021-07-24), Practice of Contentment (2021-09-18), ...) - ^z - 2021-11-21