If you go to the gym and lift weights, you’ll come across this idea of personal best, personal record, your PR.
It’s the idea that each time you lift, you try to lift a little bit more weight than the time you did before.
Maybe just for one rep, if that’s what you can do.
The idea is that you’re always pushing to expand your ability to lift so that you get stronger faster. Your body catches on to the idea that you’re lifting more, so it learns to lift more.
When I go to the gym, I work on my PR often. But not every time. I’m not very interested in having experiences where I’m trying to push harder, work harder, go faster, do more.
I'm interested in being in the experience as a whole, and letting my body tell me what it needs. Most days, I experience the gym as a kind of meditation, or a clearing or a cleansing.
I don’t need to put a bunch of markers on my experience.
I don’t need to have the pressure of doing “good” or “not good” enough.
I don’t need to have any sense of failure, if I don’t hit a new PR.
Over time, it will come.
Just showing up fully present, is plenty.
When you are working on expanding your spiritual Self, I think it’s good to take the same approach. Some days, you’ll do a lot of meditation, a lot of inner work, a lot of study. Other days, you’ll go through the motions. Sometimes, you won’t do anything: you’ll skip your practice, and do other things.
Take a look at how much you’re pushing yourself in your inner work. Being a Spiritual Overachiever isn’t very helpful. It tires you out, and wears you down, and puts you in a place where it’s hard to hear the whispers of the Universe.
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