About 2 years into my Bikram Yoga practice, I was leading a fairly busy life, and my commitment to myself of regularly practicing Bikram yoga had been taking the brunt. I would come for a few months or weeks and then stop for a month or weeks.
Then one day I was in a studio that had the five qualities of mind (Concentration, Faith, Self-discipline, Patience, and Determination) painted on the wall and I had placed my mat directly in front of the word "Determination."
I’m a total nerd when it comes to the origin and roots of words and, having a few minutes before the class started, I began thinking about the word in depth. I have always thought of determination in its standard definition “firmness of purpose; resoluteness” but if you break down the word you have:
The prefix “De-“ which means: off, the opposite of, to cease, to stop. The word Terminate: coming to an end or capable of ending, stopping. And the suffix “-tion”: the action of….
Which means: determination is the action of stopping... stopping. Stop stopping.
While this may seem simple nuance for some. For me, it was profound. “Resoluteness” is great but “Stop Stopping” is actionable: I can DO that! And I have, and will continue to do so. I am pleased to announce that since having come to this realization I have had the gumption to continue a regular practice, push through some personal boundaries of my own, and improve my understanding of the postures and my own body.
I ended up opening a yoga studio with my wife, along with a baby, a full-time job, little money and never more than 24 hours in a day. We stopped stopping. Now every day we get to witness the successes of our students who have stopped stopping, too.
Determination is limitless. Try it on for size.
Studio leader, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay D.