One Small Step at a Time by Michele Lawrence

Small step

Even the tiniest actions can have a significant impact or influence.

“A little goes a long way, and something is better than nothing.” I vividly remember hearing these words from my teacher, Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa. This phrase resonated with me personally and is now a mantra I live by. It’s also a principle we convey to our clients as Yoga Therapists.

Isn’t it fascinating how something small can make a big difference? But why wouldn’t it?

Let’s consider these scientific underpinnings: Quantum mechanics reveals that even tiny particles, such as electrons, can profoundly influence the behavior of larger systems. Moreover, consider the example of travel, where even a slight deviation in the initial trajectory of a flight or vessel can lead to significant differences in the final destination. This effect becomes more pronounced over longer journeys.

This is how we can make lasting change. One small step at a time. 

In the context of our Yoga practice, this can look like dedicating just a few minutes to presence sprinkled throughout the day. These moments of mindfulness and awareness can create a ripple effect, gradually transforming our lives.  It can also look like getting on your mat or cushion and spending just 10-15 minutes there. When we take these small steps and make them habits, the change can be lasting.

Taking small steps can also lead us towards a life of simplicity, which is another essential aspect of Yoga practice. In his book “Meditations from the Mat,” Rolf Gates writes about brahmacharya as an opportunity to embrace temperance. It invites us to resist the culture of overindulgence and cultivate a spirit of moderation, emphasizing the principles of reduce, reuse, and living simply. Personally, I appreciate Gates’ perspective on this Yama, as it aligns perfectly with the idea of taking small actions and incorporating moderation into our way of life. It reminds us that Yoga is not just a practice but also a way of being—a path that we both do and live.

We must remember that even the smallest actions carry the potential to create significant impact and the power of small cannot be underestimated. As we move into this season where culture encourages us to indulge, I offer you the encouragement to keep it simple and carry on, one small step at a time. And by doing so, we can unlock the potential for profound and lasting transformation.