Thoughts from Tahoe: The thief named blame

If you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, it’s magic. The snow-covered trees inspire a level of awe that’s rare, even in nature. Pair that with a blue sky and epic snow conditions for this early in the season, and any skier or snowboarder feels their soul vibrating at a higher frequency.

It had been about 8 months since my last ride and about 4 years since I’ve seen conditions like this. That’s a long time to be out of practice. While I was on the mountain – rather than acknowledging my validated rustiness – I found myself making a lot of excuses about why I wasn’t snowboarding at the level of skill I was used to. I took a nasty tumble and I blamed it on a snowboarder that got in my way. I was riding slower than normal and I blamed it on how congested the mountain was.

It reminded me of the times I’ve been in class where I’ve made similar excuses. Like when another yogi jolts out of their balancing pose and I blame them for throwing off my equilibrium. Or the times I blame my inability to settle into my meditation on a bad Savasana song choice.

It’s rare that excuses add value to our practice or our lives. In that way, blame becomes a thief, robbing us of awareness, energy and self efficacy. This week, my classes will focus on conserving your energy for the things you can control. If something isn’t serving you or the posture – like an excuse – get rid of it. Do you need to clench your jaw in half pigeon? Do you need to make that face in high plank? Does the mental jab toward your neighbor’s lack of grace offer any improvement in your balance?

This week, I’ll encourage you to find empowerment in the things you can control… Liberation and surrender in the things you can’t.