As we enter into the Autumn, the subject matter of this post will be change. Change comes in many different forms: exciting, anxiety-filling, fearful, indifferent, and countless others. Our tendencies usually result in classifying these events as good or bad with ranging intensities of just how good or bad an event may be.
These types of expectations can be trickled down all the way into our practice. Did I have a good practice today? Did I make progress? Was I focused enough to be satisfied with myself?
I invite you to practice without expectations. There is no one practice better than the other, no matter how it may manifest directly after a practice. Do not berate yourself when you realize your mind has wandered, or your breath has shallowed, or your posture has slumped. Simply return to the center, and continue without judgement. As we continue to practice, things change around us. No need to assign expectations to these changes. We may react (it is only human), but we then we realize we are being reactionary, and then choose instead to act mindfully. We practice with our mind regularly in order to condition our mind to obtain this nature in order for it to arise in our everyday lives.