In Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Chapter 1, Verse 30, he writes about the obstacles that we encounter on the path to Realization. The 9th obstacle that he illuminates is "instability in maintaining a level of practice once attained."
When I first read this obstacle, I thought about it intellectually. "Yes," I thought, "I can see how one might struggle to maintain a level of practice (no matter how high the level). It could be laziness or a change of focus or a loss of interest."
I realize now that I struggle daily with this very obstacle.
I am quite focused and determined when I want to progress. I set my eye on a goal and I work toward it. In this way I can make progress quickly. But once I have achieved the goal, I soon lose interest. I set my sights on a new goal and work in a new direction. In this way, I often have trouble maintaining the levels of my practice. My attention wavers from goal to goal, forgetting that which I have worked hard to accomplish.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga