I was walking down the trail a few weeks ago, a trail I have walked on plenty of times before, but I hadn’t walked down this particular path since spring had sprung. As I walked down the trail, noticing, while it was the same trail I’ve walked many times previously, how very different it looked this particular day, I was reminded of a conversation I had several months ago.
Several months ago, one of my dear friends and teachers asked me “If you walk the same trail every Wednesday, is it the same experience?” She went on to say “repetition is not a waste, in fact, it is an indicator of growth….repetition invites self-exploration, confidence building and freedom to express and accept how one relates to and contributes to their own practice.”
“Freedom to express and accept how one relates to and contributes to their own practice.” What a beautiful statement, and one that I think extends far beyond a yoga practice and into our every-day lives. How often we demonize and roll our eyes at repetition, perhaps this year more than so many other years. The sameness has taken a toll on so many. But maybe, just maybe we can invite self-exploration, and we can start to see the growth in the repetition. Perhaps we can look at ourselves and those around us a little more deeply and see the change in the sameness, see the growth and newness in the repeating. Perhaps we can look at ourselves a little deeper in the repetition and notice our freedom to express in ways we would not have noticed previously.
Dear friends, may we see the repetition in our lives this week, may we notice it, and may we invite a little more self-exploration into that repetition this week. May we invite a little more freedom to express and accept how we relate to and contribute to our own practices and our own lives this week. May we find the beauty in the repetition this week.
I hope you have an amazing week dear friends.
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!