Tenacity is the practice of persistent determination as we move towards fulfilling our intentions. Once we choose a specific goal, we must cultivate the patience and stamina to get up when we fall or refocus when we lose our way.
When exploring the virtue of tenacity, I struggled to find much in-depth writing from the yogic perspective. The following quote is sourced from my original inspiration to work through the practice of the 18 Ities – Happinez magazine. It reminds me of the importance of returning to my intentions. When things get tough for me, when I feel myself grasping and clinging on for dear life – if I return to my intention ALL IS WELL.
Perseverance. Life is a spiritual search and this search is not a straight, vertical line, it’s a winding road. Dark patches, mountain roads, side-paths, crossroads where choices have to be made, getting lost, stumbling, getting back up again. These aspects are all part of it. This is where we learn to be tenacious. What was the objective? If we bear this in mind, we won’t easily let go. Don’t be discouraged if something fails. But more importantly: don’t be discouraged if you sometimes fail. Hold on to who you are as well as who you want to be.