Resistance, Yoga and Steven Pressfield

My partner T and I are, coincidently, both reading Stephen Pressfield at the moment. He is reading Do the Work and I am reading The War of Art. Our little brown packages from Book Depository arrived just days apart, and we laughed when we realized we had both stumbled upon the same author in our quest for a good motivational arse-kicking.

Ultimately, Pressfield is waging a war against Resistance (procrastination, self-sabotage and indecision, among other things). In both books, he urges his readers to knock down the walls between them and their most productive, awesome, creative self. His language is strong; he uses battle metaphors and talks of Resistance’s MO to crush, conquer and kill us. I love it. It gets me fired up to fight back against my own sabotaging demons.

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Battleground yoga mat: Self-improvement vs Self-acceptance.

Thanks Gurmukh-- I like where you are going with this one. It got me thinking and I realised I'm all about outcomes and self improvement, actually. I love change and working towards more of what I want and getting rid of what I don't. But I'm also big into making space for self-acceptance, letting go and having things be, as they are, in the right circumstances.

For those of you who take my classes, you know I’m of the mind that even if we come to yoga to get flexible, toned and lose weight it’s really important not to get too caught up in external outcomes so we can be present, breathe, soften the heart and move with deep love and respect for where we are at.

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