I just finished a 4-day yoga retreat. And Kira, my yoga teacher said, (I’m paraphrasing…) she thought that when she got good at yoga, she wouldn’t feel tight anymore. Wouldn’t feel the stretch… or the stiffness. But that’s not the case at all. She does more advance moves and positions, she can sit longer in meditation… but all the things she worked on as a beginner are still there, but in their advanced and more subtle states.
I really like this analogy for personal and professional development. We’ll continue to get better and more advanced. But we’ll always have something to work on, to continue to improve…
I keep hearing clients say, “I thought I’d handled this…”
I think part of the frustration comes from believing that at some point, we’ll be “done” or have it all figured out.
But I think we just keep getting to overcome new obstacles, new challenges, opportunities… we’re never done. We get to graduate to the next level. And some of these levels are subtle. Self-care, rest, expression, effort… all of these things. We know we can power-through and work hard. The bigger question is can we be kind to ourselves and work better for the long term, with all of these advanced level qualities in place. For ourselves… on the subtle levels.
PS I LOVE the definition for SUBTLE: so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe…