Inspiration from This Morning’s Yoga Class

Remaining open creates space to begin again. To celebrate where you are on the journey without getting too comfortable there.

As we get settled on our mats, the instructor suggests that our expectations of who we are, of what our bodies can do, are something we should let go of to make space for the present moment. The same reminder as we move from one set of poses to the next.

What does it mean to let it go?

The stories we tell about ourselves — prejudging what we can and can’t do — puts us ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. That part resonates for me. But how does that line up with the wisdom earned and the skills developed because of the experience? And how does that line up with the narrative idea that I continue to become more deeply committed to in my professional work?

My epiphany as I write this is the connection to the disposition Remaining Open to Continuous Learning, one of the 16 Habits of Mind.  I just realized that what I had perceived as a warm-up on the way to the core idea of improvement — remaining open — is the heart of our personal narratives.

As I navigate my own story, when I actively show up for it with strength and grace, I stumble upon pockets of openness that broaden my perspective and agility. But there are times when I am too exhausted to show up, which has a predictable effect on my mood, the energy I bring to the work, and the potential impact it has on others.

Remaining open creates space to begin again. To celebrate where you are on the journey without getting too comfortable there.

What does remaining open look like for you?

Excited to hear from you and connect with Bena Kallick and Art Costa. Think this could be one of our next habits we explore together.

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