This week, we’ve really been looking at what we can bring our attention to, in order to accomplish some amazing things. Love and caring for others, growing what we want to grow in our lives, overcoming judgment on the mat are all applications that have been explored this week. What else can we do? How about play with our attention?
I have a friend raising two children right now who was telling me about the “sitting challenge.” I assume this is a way to take a task that is needed and turn it into a game. This is akin to the video I shared earlier this week about gaming. Still… this idea of play, and the work that we have to do as a play, just seems to need further exploration.
Here is the basic point. If you approach your work, your household chores, your care of the car, or your care of the body as a burden, it will become one. You will experience it as work. If you are bored, you won’t do it, right? So, it is important to bring a sense of play to whatever it is that you hope to accomplish. I think that, for a while, people have looked to others to bring the motivation, but maybe this is something you already have within you. I mean, have you really thought about what you want and why you are doing the work? It is important to be clear on what it is you are willing to put some effort in for. Then, bring a sense of play.
I think this whole attitude thing is a major reason people fell in love with Shawn White. Notice how amidst his talk of his perfect score at the XGames in 2012, he wants to enjoy discussion of the pants he chose. It is hilarious, and about play. Bringing something besides some intense serious attitude, though you can tell he is also serious about the quality of his performance. He even critiques his first jump…
He says he always “joked” about one day possibly getting a perfect score. It is the attitude of play that I think invites his fans in. It gives people more than just a respect for his obvious hard work and dedication.
So, how can you translate this combo of effort and play to the mat for yourself, today?
I used to know someone who wore a tie to “get to business” when writing a paper for school. If one tie didn’t work, he put on two. I went to visit once and he was wearing 5 ties! It seemed that he was having a hard time getting into the spirit of writing that report, but it was funny!
Oh man… I would love to see a room of leopard pants today in class!
Yoga Pose of the Day: Dancer – Natarajasana
Yogic Concept of the Day: I’ll bring a little play as I apply some effort.