It’s about the journey, not the destination… blah, blah, blah…
As my yoga teacher says this for the 10th time all I can think is, “I know, I know, blah, blah, blah…when will I get my handstand!”
As a yoga practitioner in my twenties I heard this phrase often. Although I could understand it in theory, I didn’t really get it. But don’t we want goals? What are we doing here if we aren’t working towards something? Didn’t I start this whole yoga thing to get something in the first place, like peace of mind, better posture, or my handstand!
Most of us are drawn to yoga to find something. Most of us are seekers in some way. However, after you’ve practiced awhile and have more years behind you it becomes apparent that whatever you seek is elusive. When you get what you seek then you are on to the next thing. What you seek changes over and over and over again.
You might find peace of mind for awhile until a tragedy happens and you feel lost. Or you might get your better posture only to get into car accident and lose it. Or maybe you finally get that handstand until you have a necessary emergency surgery.
All these things we seek will change, that is a law of the Universe. It is normal in our culture to focus on the goal, to think that what we seek will make us happy or finally be the answer to all of our questions. However these things are impermanent. Once we realize this, then what is the point of it all? If the goal, or the thing that we seek isn’t the point, if it is always changing then what is real?
That is the only thing that is real. That is the only thing that doesn’t change. Until it does. Until we take our last breath. After that, I have no idea what happens. But I do know this…
If this moment is the only thing that is real then it is about the journey. It is about experiencing this moment, whatever that is. It is about enjoying this breath. It is about loving this life.
It is not about the handstand.