I had an interesting experience this morning in yoga. I had gone to class expecting to feel tired and weak and I made the decision to do as much as I could and take it easy once I felt fatigued. But I was very surprised when I actually felt very strong and was able to move freely and without too much exertion. In fact, I wanted more! As I was laying in Savasana (the last pose of every yoga class, where you lay on your back quietly), I realized how many expectations I create in my mind and how shocked (or even disappointed) I am once the reality doesn’t match my preconceived expectations. And also, how much work I put into preparing for those expectations and then realize its not the truth at all! It’s kind of exhausting and takes a little excitement out of life, no?
This morning’s yoga class was a great reminder for me to examine what things in life are my own expectations and to compare them with reality. Luckily, it was a pleasant surprise when I was able to go through the entire yoga class this morning rather than feeling too tired. However, expectations can also go in the “opposite” direction–when I expect a positive outcome and a negative one results instead. If I let go of preconceived expectations, think of how much more exciting would life be? If I could just wait and see and not have any plan for what may or may not happen? (And feeling OK with the waiting period?) I would waste a lot less time preparing for something that might never happen.