Like many folks, I generally feel better ever since I started practicing yoga. Outwardly, my body is (slowly) growing stronger and more flexible and perhaps (hopefully) soon, I’ll even lose a few pounds. However, even if I was to convince myself that looked slimmer (skinny mirrors?), the only way to really know if I’ve lost weight, is to stand on a scale and record my weight each day (darn! no fatness lost so far).
That takes care of the body right – but what about the inner, emotional improvements I might be experiencing? How to measure these?
Here are some mobile- and web-based tools to help one track one’s emotions. Most of these websites, like Moodstats, Track Your Happiness, MoodJam, MoodMill, Finding Optimism and MoodLog seem to function as online diaries which keep a running tab on aspects of ones moods and emotions. Perhaps such tools – if used over long durations – would enable one to verify a shift toward a less anxious and more contented inner feeling? I don’t know.
Perhaps the real proof of “inner” progress would be that I had closed my computer and put away my mobile device and, rather, was outside enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Perhaps best to avoid mixing yoga and digital distractions.