I love a good foot metaphor. I also love to prove myself wrong. So, go with me for a moment.
I once was told some people are waffles and others are spaghetti. Meaning, some people can organize their life into tidy boxes like butter and syrup in a waffle, while others allow the sauce of their life to spills over all the noodles.
In my life I've been both. There have been times when I felt certain that waffle-like order would solve my problems. And, there are times when I felt allowing my sauce to flow through the difference noodles of life would bring more authenticity. But ultimately I decided chasing the metaphor was fruitless when I understood one thing: I'm human.
So are you. When comparison has you doubting your approach, I offer you these things:
1. Waffles and spaghetti both get messy even with careful planning or none at all.
2. Both can be delicious.
3. Waffle with marinara and spaghetti with syrup are not on the menu.
Whether we find strength in organization or organized-chaos we have the potential to make a royal mess of things. It doesn't matter who you are at some point you've spilt syrup or sauce on your shirt. Maybe your sauce is sticky sweet. Maybe it is savory rich. Most likely it doesn't look exactly like your neighbor's. And, even if their sauce is well contained or spread around, they also have sauce that is theirs to own. At some point we are all going to get messy.
Our yoga practice isn't a system of organizing our life to be problem-proof. Our practice isn't even a bib to prevent the mess. Our practice helps us look at our sauce, without wishing it was someone else's or lambasting ourselves for letting it get all over the place, and greet the clean-up head on with eyes open.
No matter what is well contained or already spilling over in your mind-body journey, you are capable enjoying and cleaning up and moving forward.
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