Passing “by”Posted: April 28, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, compassion, cycling, exercise, family, fitness, free range, gluten free, happiness, health, hipster, life, love, lululemon, marathon, meditation, motivation, musings, natural, nature, Omaha, paleo, passion, perspective, pilates, running, Should, Trail, trail running, walking, whole foods, writing, yoga 8 Comments
We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking-
We have been discussing “intention(s)” of late, and I personally want to thank each one of you who have commented during this time. Your kind words and thoughts help me, immensely! Keeping with the theme of intention, I would like to introduce – performance – “Umm what dude?”
Yup! We are going to talk about intention/performance as they relate to yoga, cycling, trail running and whatever really. Heck even making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Anything … There is another word hidden craftily in-between intention and performance though. A tedious, dirty little word that will completely mess up your best intentions and suck the very essence from your performance. What is this evil little word?!?
Our minds logical fallacy is that our “should(s)” are universal, no matter what we choose to do. That what is intelligent, reasonable, or “good” for myself ought to be for others as well, from one activity to another.
Should I push a little harder during class? Should I listen to the cramps gripping my legs? Should I use extra peanut butter? Should I put bananas on my sandwich as well? Should I step up to the starting line, knowing I belong with the best runners here?
Hopefully, by better understanding the “should(s)” in our lives, we can bring about meaningful performance <– Whatever that means …
Thank you for this post– I hope you saw mine, “Screw the ‘should'”, which discussed a lot of the same thoughts. Thank you for your continued inspiration!
Totally checking your post pout right now! This is what I love about blogging – Two completely different people writing and sharing the same feelings – Truly inspiring! Take care today and be well. 🙂
That’s it. “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking”. Crack this code and you have found the answer.
I’m trying, a little bit, each and every day. Thank you for stopping over – Take care!
“Shoulds” are always a great opportunity to investigate thinking! It’s like a red flag, “pay attention here. Why do you ask that? Why do you think that?” It’s a great tool for investigating.
I fully agree that “should” moments are vital to investigating our true selves, although not when you are about to, dare I say compete – I use compete primarily because it rings true to a lot of my readers, and to myself. Since I stopped competing and started to focus more on honoring my true self, I have noticed that my should thoughts have subsided tremendously. No longer do I feel I should anything other than simply – being. 🙂
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