Monday, 7 April 2014

Letting go

"The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” 
Don Williams, Jr. (American Novelist and Poet, b.1968)

In our culture, we are often focussed on the result and the process can be overlooked.

When I first started doing yoga I was fascinated by the poses I couldn’t ‘do’ and thrilled with the poses I could. I wanted to know how long before I could ‘do’ Natarajasana, Hanumanasana and Astavakrasana (amongst numerous others!).

I think it was the wise and wonderful Aisling Guirke who taught me that it really is all about the process. When I finally achieved what looked like Hanumanasana…I realised that was only the beginning. There was so much more to the pose to explore. The closer I got to the final pose, the more I realised that tiny adjustments made a massive difference.

This illumination spread throughout my yoga practice. Even the simplest of poses became a work in progress. I could feel the possibilities, notice subtleties and make adjustments that enabled me to come closer to understanding each pose.

In crude terms, I guess it is like a moving goalpost controlled by an inner compass. In reality it feels like an expansion of possibilities.

Yoga is intellectual. You must be mindful of every intention, conscious of every movement. In the beginning you are guided by your yoga teacher. They give clear, precise instructions. They assist you in making adjustments to bring you closer to the pose, they are your compass. After a while, you begin to make these sensitive adjustments yourself, you become aware of your inner compass and trust it.

Yoga is not making shapes with your body. It is meditation through movement. It is expansion and growth through structure. It is becoming aware. It is unifying mind, body and soul.

In this season of renewal, I am going to approach my life as I do yoga poses - with an eye to the process, and let go of the results

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