“Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream.
The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned.
The second mouse wouldn’t quit.
He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out.”
Which mouse do you want to be?
Such a simple story yet it depicts the two mice living inside us that are popping in and out from time to time. There are some moments where we feel like we are stuck in life and we don’t know how to come out of it.
Most of the time it is not because of the Marichyasana D you cannot bind or the drop-back that is keeping you on the edge. What matters is you realize your pattern of thoughts, emotions, actions and behaviors whenever you fall into a bucket of cream and how to get out of it.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein
We all have a set pattern of the way we do things. The way you roll out the mat, the way you clean your mat and even the way you walk up the stairs to practice. All that represents you. However when a set of patterns in certain aspects of your life is not serving you well, that is probably the time to break the pattern.
One way to realise this is to observe your state of mind and emotion during your practice – talk to a third-party observer, your yoga teacher or a close friend. We call this blind-spot checking.
We can never see ourselves clearly when we are busy getting ourselves out of the cream. Sometimes we don’t even realise that we have fallen into the cream. Thus it is healthy to communicate with people you trust and be open to suggestions – either make new mistakes, learn new lessons or create new solutions.
Go ahead and keep churning in different directions and make yourself a butter!