“I can do it.”

Pratyaksha – Perception – Action

Your perception (pratyaksha) is the way that YOU see things with your eyes. It is your own belief or opinion on how things seem.

“The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.” T.K.V. Desikachar

The Yoga Sutras stress the importance of clear perception. In a dialogue with David Bohm, Krishnamurti says: “Perception is the root of action.”

We have a freedom of choice and focus in climbing. We can consciously choose to focus on the positive which leads to positive consequences.

Perception is usually not objective. It normally carries your history.  In climbing this can be your technique, your beliefs, your memories, habits, conditioning and expectations. To break free requires that you change your reality and open up to possibilities.

This single thought, ‘I can do it’, in your mind will help your climbing

Perception is everything. Look at how positive the climbers at the top are.

This is an interesting study on how perception of effort, not muscle fatigue, limits endurance performance.

“Dr Sam Marcora, an exercise physiologist at Bangor University, has now disproved this for the first time and proposed an alternative – that it is your perception of effort that limits your endurance performance, not the actual capability of your muscles. He showed that the muscles were still able to achieve the power output required by endurance exercise even when the point of perceived exhaustion had been reached.”


“In this respect yoga is optimistic: through the insightful perception of problems and confusion we move towards clarity. “Whenever things get better or worse depends to a considerable extent on our own actions. Patanjali goes on to say, in Sutra 2.13, “As long as the obstacles prevail they will affect action in every respect: In its execution, its duration, and its consequences.”

Our perspective comes from our thought.It is a lens through which we view the world. It is a particular way of considering something. Don’t get locked into your own perspectives there are many colourful options.

“When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.”  ~ Fred Rogers

We need to learn how to play. It is a world that invites possibilities.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

The nest time you get stuck on a move, focus on your breath and say to yourself……How can I make this easy? Shift your attention towards a more positive and empowered way of thinking.

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