Cultural Conditioning is the social process in which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media define our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world.
Today’s theme comes from Lisa Bloss and she suggested we look at our need to win or be the best. She gave the examples of getting into the favoured university, getting the big, important job, winning the boy or girl or being the first to own the latest and greatest technology. Lisa pointed out that the idea of losing is unacceptable, and yet losing is often the best way to learn.
Quotes are some of the best ways to measure our cultural psyche around winning. Vince Lombarde says, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” and “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” or Mia Hamm’s quote, “The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything.” or William C. Bryant, “Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything in second place.”, Vin Scully, “Losing feels worse than winning feels good” and last one, “There is winning and there is misery.” Bill Parcells
This point was reinforced in our home yesterday when my daughter came home from her school track and field even totally depressed that she hadn’t won a single event. Her expectation was to win. She got to spend a beautiful sunny day outside with her friends but she couldn’t get passed the point that she didn’t win a single event.
One of the concepts that stuck with me a number of years ago now, as Lisa brought up, was this idea of “failing forward” as John C. Maxwell says, or learning from our mistakes. Those who struggle make far greater teachers than childhood prodigies. When things come easily it is more challenging to explain them to others – and often we take the fruits of our labour foregranted.
When we struggle we are forced to find different ways of doing things, alternate ways around our challenges and creative solutions that we might not have even envisioned if we had clear roads ahead. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
Props Needed: yoga mat, yoga strap
Yoga Asanas: pigeon/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Plank Pose/Kumbhakasana, Frog Pose/Mandukasana, Dolphin/Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana, pigeon/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Matsyendrasana, Cobbler’s Pose/Baddha Konasana, kubera mudra