Stop Trying So Hard by Erica Quam
The Tale of a Fly (adapted from Price Pritchett)
Ten seconds of flying time and this small creature could reach the outside world it seeks. With only a fraction of the effort now being wasted, it could be free of this self imposed trap. The breakthrough possibility is there. It would be so easy.”
When you do this, you may notice that you can open and expand into the pose even more. You are balancing the effort you put into the pose with a sense of letting go. It’s more of an effortless effort. If you SKIPPED the last step – of using your breath – and just tried harder, you would simply overwork and not getting any more benefit out of the pose. In fact, this approach leads to more harm than good.
Whether it’s your daily workout or your athletes in training: we often have the mentality that if we work harder, we’ll gain more. Studies have shown that there is actually a
connection between hardening your tongue and tension in your lower back. Try it for yourself! In whatever activity you are doing, try a little experiment. Tap into your breath, relax your face, and balance your effort with a sense of letting go. Most times, people find they will actually achieve more: go faster, stretch further, or perform better.
What are you working “too hard” on? It happens in the office. When the to-
There are times in our lives that we end up trying too hard in relationships – with athletes, with family, friends, etc. Think of a relationship that you could look at in another way. What is one thing YOU could change to “work less” in? In challenging conversations with difficult people, rather than go with your knee-jerk reaction and try to “win” the conversation or “make them see your point” – let go a little, take a breath, and see if the outcome improves.
How can YOU apply this?
Choose ONE thing you will do to “try softer”.
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