Our 200-hour teacher training kicks off soon and one of the principles that applies to all participants is “move the program forward.” Now, I personally think this is a good life principle as well, not just one for teacher training. It’s also a concept that is easier said than done.
Our brain, or ego rather, loves problems. It loves to think about how something is hard, or how someone has done you wrong, or how you can’t do something. It loves even more to get emotional about these problems via frustration, irritation, or apathy. It will stay in this state of problem endlessly until you stop the cycle of thought and consciously choose to change your thought to something that moves you forward.
The most difficult part is to stop the cycle of thought and choose to move forward.
This is a powerful moment. One that could change your life in fact. Consider this: your brain operates on neural pathways that get embedded over time. You don’t have to think about how you think anymore. But maybe there are blindspots in your thinking? Maybe there’s a better way to think that will make you feel better? In order to assess it, you have to:
- Observe it
- Stop it
- Change it
- Go through the discomfort of the change.
It will take multiple applications of thought interruption to actually see and experience change. Over time, your pattern change will be your new way of thinking.
So to move something forward, you first have to see where you’re stuck. It’s tough, but we’re here to help. Practice the above and see the slow progression of thought from problem to solution. You’ll think better and feel better.
Justina and the Ignite Yoga Team