Sharpening the Pencil
Now and then, we have to stop writing and use a sharpener. Sharpening makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, it’s much sharper and better for writing.
Over time, tools become dull. Honing or sharpening is used to restore tools to their proper working condition. Honing creates a more suitable edge needed for proper use. Sharpening brings a point to the pencil allowing us to more clearly express our thoughts.
The same goes for our practice. A little suffering – those little pains or sensations that come from holding a pose perhaps a bit longer than normal and noticing our muscles complaining, helps us become sharper, and refocuses our practice. A tough yoga practice brings up sensations. Those sensations help us go past the limits that our mind sets for us.
Honing or sharpening improves the tool making it much easier to work with. A sharpened pencil enhances the writing experience. A little challenge in your yoga practice makes you an improved yogi. Use your practice to hone yourself to a sharper version of yourself!