Embrace your Flow
One of the reasons why I like a vinyasa flow style practice is because it has a fluidity to it. As you navigate through changing movements & postures with the breath, the practice mimics the impermanent nature of life. The challenge there is to let go of controlling & to embrace the transience; embrace every thought, every circumstance, every experience as your path and as the potential to be your teacher, both on & off the mat. It’s often easy to get caught up in a cycle of judgement, expectation, should have’s & have-nots, disappointment & struggle, all things that disrupt the flow of life, that create a sense of separation & rejection, rather than continuity & acceptance. So give yourself the space to be human, but find the faith to see all of your experience & sensation as your journey; let go of your resistance so that you can remain connected to that higher energy. Ultimately, this physical world cannot be controlled, so the journey before us is to remain rooted at the seat of our hearts while mastering our internal response to that which is external.
A poem by the Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, eloquently describes this sense of being at peace, not wishing for anything to be different, but rather allowing the deeper power within to help you stay committed to your journey.
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,
but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved,
but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
– Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet