One of the best things about yoga (if not THE best), is that after each practice, you really do grow and you really do transcend into a higher self. You become enlightened by your own abilities and the miracles of your amazing body. You learn, you discover a lot about yourself, and you gain a great deal of humility. When all of this radiates from ourselves, we put peace into our lives and into the lives of those around us.
A LOVE STORY…KINDA
I don’t remember when, but the beau and I went to this healthy spot for some dinner. It was so delicious! I believe we had tofu quesadillas for appetizers, and I recall having some sweet potato tahini soup…and some other noms. The table we sat on had a little drawer. I opened it and nothing was in there! I thought to myself, ‘Why is nothing in here?! How can somebody see this drawer and not put ANYTHING in here?!’
And so, I found some paper in my bag and ripped off a piece; took my pen and wrote something on it, and stuck it in the drawer :) I mean, it would be fracking awesome to go back to this restaurant, sit at the same table, open the drawer, and find this piece of paper still there, right?! It’s like a message-in-a-bottle-that-got-lost-at-sea kinda thing…
Well, last night, an old coworker of mine posted a picture and tagged me. “Look what I found! Awwwwww…” she said.
It was there all this time :) How cool is that? Someone found it, someone I KNOW. Just too cool, man!
*EDIT: So THAT’S when we went there! January 21st! Haha
Weird is good.
THE CASE OF THE EX
So…ex boyfriends, ex girlfriends, ex significant others- we learn from those past relationships, right? We eventually discover the reasons why they didn’t work out, or maybe we have yet to understand. Did we give the relationship too little? Did we give too much without reciprocation? Did we lack trust? Did we fail to be dedicated? What are some of the justifications? We assess ourselves, the others involved, and the relationships; and hopefully, we use what we’ve learned about them in our current relationships. However, before we jump right into a new one, we have to give ourselves some space or time, right? I mean, that’s what we tell ourselves, anyway. Don’t dwell on it, move on, give it some space, and when time deems it worthy, assess.
It’s the same with our practice and each asana. Every asana before NOW, is your ex now. Let it go. Let it go. Let it go. Let it be. No asana is the same and no asana will ever be the same as before or the next. Your posture now may have more or less balance than the previous. Your posture now may have a more controlled breath than tomorrow’s. Maybe right now, your side angle pose needs to be modified. Maybe the next one thirty seconds from now doesn’t have to be! Who knows? But when it’s done, let it go and put your full focus into the now. Don’t think about how you’ve lost balance while bringing that leg out for Utthita Hasta Padangustasana, extended hand-to-big-toe pose. Don’t think about finally getting that scorpion (YES! I. AM. A. BAD. ASS!). Why? Because they’re distractions and your posture now deserves all of you, just like your current relationships.
When your practice is over for the time-being and you want to recollect those moments when you’ve lost balance or kept balance, great! Do so, assess, and learn. Use it for fuel and inspiration for the next time. When you’re in that asana, though, every posture before now, is your ex. You can think about your ex later when cooking dinner, when you’re giving your body rest from the yoga :P
Success in a posture comes from presence in every thought, every feeling.
You and me, babe.