Carolyn Young

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Don't Think, Just Do


 Since writing a blog post several months ago where I shared my fears in a particular asana, I have noticed a change in how I approach it. Before, I would take many extra breaths to prepare myself. But now, I simply go for it.

I noticed my anxiety, doubts, and fears do not surface when I avoid taking extra breaths or give my brain a chance to think about what I am going to do. It’s not that these emotions magically disappear; I just don’t give them any attention. 

I used to hesitate because I was afraid of what emotions would come up. I needed to make sure they were under control. In doing so, I thought about them, which caused them to multiply. I also realized I feared the stories I had heard about certain postures.

I recently saw a video by Mel Robbins. She says, “The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will stop you.”

For me, this concept makes a lot of sense. I can see how it is true in my asana practice and in a few other areas of my life as well. The instant you have an idea, you must do something about it. If not, your brain will step in and come up with all the reasons why you shouldn’t or why it’s wrong. You will start to doubt your ability and worry about the outcome, killing a potentially wonderful idea.

That is exactly what was happening to me! I was taking my time, allowing my brain to convince me of all the things that could go wrong. Whether I prepare for something or not, I can’t change the outcome. It’s so easy to overthink things. So why waste time dwelling over situations that may not happen?

Next time you have an idea act on it; you just might surprise yourself.


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