“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” —Sir Winston Churchill
In Kute Blackson's book the Magic of Surrender. He proposes that we, as humans, spend a great deal of time trying to define our purpose. What if our purpose is as simple as to grow and evolve at a soul level? If that is the case, then every experience the "good, the bad, the ugly" is an opportunity to learn, to grow and evolve...and we have found our purpose.
This does not mean that some experiences are not painful, nor that it is easy to embrace the lesson in a challenging moment. It offers a lens with which to view your life experiences with curiosity and an open mind.
Now imagine that you apply that curiosity to your yoga practice. Each experience, each posture, each breath, an opportunity to gather information, to be more informed about what is going on for you physically, mentally, and emotionally, without judgement. How much kinder to yourself could you be now?
Food for thought: How do you conscientiously explore opportunities to grow and evolve in challenging situations?