So I was on the subway the other day taking the Downtown Local 6 train heading towards 14th Street Union Square. When we approached 42nd Street Grand Central Station, I saw the Express 4 train across the platform. So I exited the Local 6 train and got on the Express 4 train, making it 1 stop to Union Square instead of 4.
But then as the Express train does eventually pull into Union Square before the Local, one realizes that it’s not so much because of speed that the Express train reaches its destination before the Local. But more so that the Express train doesn’t stop and start along the way at other stations.
Even in the practice of yoga, its not so much physical strength that gets us into a difficult posture towards the middle or end of class. But more so that there isn’t a stop start quality to our practice; rather a sustained focus of breath & intention. When our attention doesn’t make stops along the way during our practice to think about work, dinner, or emails, then all challenges are more easily met.
This sustained effort in our attention is perhaps what makes all things possible, in all our relationships on and off the yoga mat.