So, I've been told more than once that I talk too much. It's been going on since I was a kid. It's one reason I became a writer - to steady and filter what stirs in my mind -- and distill it onto a page instead.
The talking too much -- and being told this -- is never a good feeling. Once I'm made aware of it, I want to disappear, dissolve, decrease.
This often comes up when I have missed my daily yoga practice. It's that simple. That predictable. When I don't practice, that's when the spinning starts and when someone close to me has to tell me to bring it down -- look at yourself.
In yoga, looking at the self is called svādhyāya. There are many ways to study self -- through the asana, the physical body; through meditation, the mind; through the breath, the subtle body, prana.
For athletes, self-study comes through in the way we handle handle losing. A wipe-out. Coming in last. Cut from the team.
How do you deal when faced with yourself?