It’s interesting, exciting and commonly melodramatic falling into the trap of thinking we’re in control of life until something; an injury, break up, loss, depression and the like reminds us that every[thing] is impermanent. This can initially be a scary revelation but becomes an incredibly liberating one. Some of the most awakening moments of my life have been when I had felt I’d hit rock bottom. These gritty and darker moments served as ‘Fierce Grace,’
There’s a fine line between break down and break through.
Often the awakenings and insights come into fruition way after the challenging situation, but as we go deeper into our sadhana, the clearer perception allows for the teaching to be learnt earlier and earlier. So, rather than the ‘blessings in disguise’ being revealed years down the track in retrospect, by integrating yoga into the moment we can see these blessings at the time.
SOFTEN THE TRANCE OF PERFECTIONISM
Just like a bird sings without needing praise for their song and a flower blossoms without needing to get noticed, allow yourself to shine fully without being so attached to being noticed. Then, just like the petals of a flower eventually fall off, every now and then you might fall apart and feel down. That’s ok. You can actually learn to appreciate those down moments as precious moments of cultivating an even deeper vitality, creativity and flow. There is a time for everything, yet it’s common for the modern yogi to ‘cling to the light and push away the dark.’ One can pull this off for a while, but eventually nature rebalances it.
ACCEPTANCE & APPRECIATION
Every now and then we might get lost in our desires and attachments. That’s ok. That’s a reason why we practice. Observe where it gets ‘sticky’ in your circuitry and with compassionate discernment listen within to wake up that blocked energy. With this comes a ‘moment by moment’ awakening, toning what’s called the Buddhi, which is a faculty of the higher mind that allows wisdom and insight to flow.
Maybe we avoid situations we know we really need to face. That’s ok too. Be kind to yourself, but stay aware. You’re going to have to face it at some stage. Whether it’s today, next year or next life. If the body and mind doesn’t feel ready for this kind of ‘off the mat yoga’, be honest with that, and go deeper into the practices on the mat with discipline, reverence and a sense of humor. This will progressively prepare you psychologically, physically, emotionally and energetically to bring the beauty of yoga with you everywhere you go.