Now, more than ever, it seems that the general public is habitually gravitating toward sources of constant distraction. Significant portions of the current worldwide population, born after the 1980's, have been raised in a society filled to the brim with ever-evolving technologies intended to drift from one source of entertainment to another.
My intention is not to label distractions as harmful or shameful, but to simply draw attention to the fact that it seems society is becoming less & less interested in slowing down to be fully present. For some, this is where yoga becomes such a magnificent opportunity. Yoga is not only a physical practice for both body & breath, but also an opportunity to mentally ease into a sense of calm & stillness.
One of the most beautiful concepts that I truly try to convey to each of my clients, is the idea of allowing yourself to operate with a "Beginner's Mind." The intention behind a beginner's mind, is to allow yourself the opportunity to make mistakes, to fully appreciate what you are doing in the moment, as if it is all completely new to you. In that frame of mind, you lift the weight of expectations off of your shoulders. You are free to be where you are without the expectation to do "more" or do "better."
Most importantly, with a beginner's mind, your are free from the pressure of bullying yourself into believing that you're "too good to struggle." In this state of acceptance, there is no longer an almost overwhelming sense that we have to keep ourselves overly invested in external distractions. With a beginner's mind, you can finally be okay with where you are in your practice and in your daily life. Allowing yourself a beginner's mind, gives you an opportunity to practice looking at your perceived physical/emotional limitations as a personal source of inspiration and growth.
It was written beautifully by Shunryu Suzuki, the author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice,
"If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few."