Sonia. She is 6 years old and one of the three loves in my life. The other two are her sister, Sophia, and her “Dada”, as she likes to call him.
Each inspire me in their own beautiful ways, but this post is about my sweet Sonia.
She has a radiant sense of curiousity about her, constantly asking me questions. Often they are questions about the world that extend beyond her eyes and her touch. They are questions that take her to those unseen aspects of life that are left to the imagination.
“Does the world ever end or does it keep going?”. “What happens to people after they die?”. “Will grandma still be here when I am 20?”.
As much as she is filled with wonder about the things which she can see, she is equally curious about those things which are still unseen and unknown to her. I very well may be a doting mom, but to me it’s quite amazing that a 6 year old will question so much, so often. She has the intuition to know that everything is not exactly as it appears to be. And that beneath the surface, there is quite possibly more. At a young age, she is the quintessential yogini.
What is yoga? A practice that for some of us begins in the flesh and bones, with time and discipline moves us far beyond and deep within. I practice asana, not to perfect the postures, but to allow the postures to take me deeper and toward more present states of consciousness. A kind of awareness that allows me to feel the things that I cannot always see. Yoga allows me to be with the form, but to learn how to feel the energy beneath it. It allows me to be with the scattered and sometimes cluttered mind, but to open to moments of ease that still reside within. And at times yoga helps me to sit with intense grief or anger, so seemingly solid, and nonetheless, to feel it pass and subside.
Things are not always as they appear to be. In fact, they are often more connected then they seem and less solid than they appear. Circumstances change. Emotions, thoughts and sensations pass. And in those moments, surprisingly, there is space. There is spaciousness. There is ease. Thankfully yoga reminds of this everyday. More so, Sonia reminds me what it means to remain forever curious and openhearted. And for that I am forever thankful to her.