So I came up with this acronym, TAPE, which I think is a good one for anyone who is trying anything new or challenging in their life, whether it be progressing within your yoga practice, starting a new project or career, moving through a conflict in a relationship... pretty much, you know...Life.
Life can be a bumpy ride. We need to remember some things to help us get through in one piece. So, as nerdy as this is, I invite you to TAPE yourself securely to these practices/concepts outlined below.
Trust yourself. The answers you seek are within you. You are capable. You can bounce back from loss, mistakes, rejections, etc. You're a resilient creature built for adversity and struggle. Know that you can handle whatever comes your way.
Accept where you are. The only way to get to where you want to be is to acknowledge and accept where you are starting. Breath in and release the desire to fight with reality. You are here, and that is just where you need to be right now. Even if you are stuck - sometimes a plateau is there to serve us too.
Have patience for yourself and with your learning curve. You will need some time to get yourself in order, organize all the information coming your way, and formulate the best possible way to utilize your resources. Trial and error - maybe lots of error - is part of the process. Everyone has their own path and style so let go of comparisons and let yourself flow.
Seek empathy for yourself - for the places that hurt, for where you struggle, for the mistakes you make. All of the kindness and compassion you would offer a dear friend or small child coming to you and pouring out their heart with the pain they feel - offer that to yourself. When you want to run away from the discomfort or shut it out with mindless distraction, remember empathy and stay. Stay with yourself, stay with the struggle - pain is part of the growing process.
I hope you like TAPE and find a use for it! I would love to hear your stories of how you apply it to your own life if you want to share. :)
Peace out, bean sprouts!