Racing Against The Self

While walking this morning,
I saw a person who was behind me
who overtook me and continued
walking at a brisk pace
I observed he was keeping his feet
for a lesser time on the ground
I tried to emulate him
and started walking faster
with every step forward
to catch and then overtake him
I did it finally
and got a strange happiness
that I defeated him,
a complete stranger
who didn’t even know
that I was competing with him…

And I missed the turn of my house
reached somewhere else
lost the peace of mind
couldn’t enjoy the beauty around
forgot the cool fresh air
ready to be inhaled
got tired physically and mentally
with lots of negativities coming in
forgot what’s real happiness,
the feeling of inner joy…

While doing yoga and meditation
back at home
realised the futility of competition
to be better in terms of
name, fame and properties
to be more successful than others
leaving them behind
when I may be on the top
but with nobody around me…

It’s not important who are ahead
or who are behind us
it’s more important
who are with us
and with whom we are,
we should run our own race
to be better than
what we were yesterday,
accept and understand ourselves
what we are
and accept and understand others
as they are…

Today is the day of Yoga
that helps maintain balance
and bring body and mind together
we can’t always control
what goes on outside,
but can certainly control
what goes on inside
let’s add years to life
and life to years…

Happy International Day of Yoga
for humanity and peace !!!

–Kaushal Kishore

41 Comments

  1. Thank you, Kaushal, for the wonderful tribute to yoga, and the great benefits of practicing yoga daily. It isn’t the first time that I suggested teaching yoga in all primary schools in every country in the world, and it won’t be the last either. As to getting to the top, Kaushal, as long as one doesn’t
    pull up the lather up not allowing others to follow, that should be fine as one would
    not be alone.
    Thank you for your wisdom, Kaushal!

    Joanna

    Liked by 2 people

    1. You’re right, Joanna, yoga should be made a part of curriculum from the very beginning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts and reflections. Much appreciated.

      Like

  2. a beautiful illustration of our competitive nature which doesn’t always help us beat time or more importantly bring peace. I do love to use peeps as milestones to keep me out o my mind as benchmarks but it’s a dangerous activity unless you are very mindful. Nice one KK!! 💖💖💖💖

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Well said, Cindy! I agree, fixing benchmarks is a desirable way to go ahead. Thank you for your kind words and sharing beautiful reflections 😊💐💖

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s