Respect the paradox of the journey

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Respect the paradox of the journey

Like a good yoga student, you have to achieve balance between total relaxation and complete exertion.

A helpful way of doing so is to ask two questions.

First: Where can you afford to be patient?

Not idle, not passive, but patient. Because as long as you don’t wait so long that it becomes too late to take action, and as long as you’re not investing valuable time waiting for something that’s never going to happen, it usually pays to wait it out.

Second: Where can you allow yourself to be impatient?

Not reckless, not irresponsible, but impatient. Because while patience is a virtue, impatience pays the mortgage. And sometimes you just have to trust yourself, trust the process and gather whatever momentum you can to start moving in the right direction.

How can you be patient and impatient simultaneously?

Scott Ginsberg is the author of 40 books, a TEDx speaker, the world record holder of wearing nametags, and the author A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat. Scott is a Community Leader at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn, where he is a daily practitioner and the Managing Editor of their award winning blog. Learn more at

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