We live in a fast paced world, accelerated by technology. There is a constant push to speed things up. Fast food, fast delivery, quick money making, quick happiness, fast healing etc etc. Even in the healing field everyone is trying to speed up the healing process.
The problem is that at this time in evolution, our bodies and minds are not designed for speed. If you try to apply speed to something that is inherently slow to change, we create more problems than solutions. This is one of the reasons why anxiety is at its peak in human history.
If you look at the subconscious mind which controls 90% of our life, it stores tremendous amount of past patterns of thinking that we are not even aware. If we try to create change at the conscious level but the subconscious is still stuck with the previous patterns, then there is a serious danger to self-sabotaging yourself. The subconscious freaks out when it sees a fast change in the conscious mind. It will create situations to bring you back to its previous set point. Sometimes in a very brutal way.
Have you encountered a situation where you got some real good break and right after that you encountered some bad situation. This is subconscious bringing you back to the previous set point. It is statistically shown that huge lottery winners lose all their winnings within a short period of time and they end up in the same place they were before they won the lottery. Sometimes even worse.
Real and steady progress happens when both conscious and subconscious change in harmony. By its very nature, healing the subconscious is a slow process. It takes time to figure out what is inside of it. Changing what is inside can take even longer. There are deep rooted patterns which do not easily budge.
In yoga one of the fundamental rules is that we should not stress the body to a point of discomfort. I have seen many people cause harm to their bodies by over pushing yoga exercises. The idea that no pain no gain is “not true”.
The greatest gain comes when we move at the pace that is comfortable to our body and mind. When in doubt, remember, slow is better than fast. We have eternity to live, so what is the hurry. As the adage goes: Slow and steady wins the race.