Monday, September 29, 2008

On the drive home from yoga the sky was a gorgeous contradiction of vivid color with the setting sun sliding into dusk. Would I have noticed this spectacular act of nature if I had not been flowing over with awareness from the relaxed yet energized yoga I had just experienced? Maybe, maybe not. It is about taking the time, taking the moment in which we are in to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us always. The beauty is there we just have to notice it, to open ourselves to the beauty, to ourselves, to life, to live, to the world; to live our life passionately.

Yoga opens me. The experience of it opens me to possibilities, boundless, limitless life that is meant to be fully lived, completely aware, and completely happy.

Surrender.

We breath into the parts of our body that are tense, bringing breath to those areas, giving those areas light, warmth, then to loosen. Our teacher said this evening to surrender into the posture. Don't endure it, to really let go and feel it. Those words resonate in me. To me that used to be a contradiction. How can I feel it, surrender to it, yet not endure it if there is a challenge? The aha moment this evening was to just let it be just as it is. The particular moment we are in is perfect just as it is. This "it" can be anything in life.

I am coming to realize, with experience, doing yoga is not just about the postures, but the coming together, from perceived fragmentation to wholeness.

4 comments:

Christina said...

This is beautiful and enlightening all at the same time.

There was a time in my life when I had experienced the deepest type of surrender. When my uncle had his accident. I remember when it had all become too much for me and I broke down crying in a public place. A kind stranger began talking to me and I told her bits and pieces of how I just wanted my uncle to get better and come home.

She asked me if I had ever tried surrendering to my faith.

As I learned to do this, it was as though the stress and the thoughts of control were being lifted off of my body.

It was one of the hardest things I had ever done in my life but the most enlightening things also.

A beautiful post, my friend.

Lori said...

Thank you Chritstina! Oh that is a beautiful story of how a stranger reached out to you. That is wonderful. She was your guardian angel and just what you needed at that specific time. I love that story Christina!
XO Lori

Carnal Zen said...

As I am about to head out the door - to yoga class - I remember that it is vehicle to check in with ourselves, to reconnect and to be in touch with our divinity in a way we forget to feel when washing dishes or doing laundry. Great post :-)

Lori said...

Thanks! I have to remember the feelings I get in yoga to, to carry it over into everday things also. Have fun!