FROM FREAKING OUT TO CALMING OUT: BACK TO CENTER
OCTOBER 28, 2009: At the start of practice tonight I passed around my i-Phone so you could see a photo of this great sign in Italian countryside where there are a million arrows pointing to all these various roads…that all point to the center of the sing to arrive in Torricella. Apparently all roads lead to Torricella, all roads lead to our center. Yes no matter what exact asana/poses we do ultimately all spiritual practice is meant to bring us back to our center.
We often arrive to class totally fragmented and sometime just plain freaking out. We have been poked and prodded and pulling in a large number of direction all day physically and our attentions have been scattered in thousands of ways. No wonder we feel a bit awkward and disconnected in our own bodies?! But by the end of the practice we move from this disembodied state to one of embodiment and grace.
We practice the poses to shift away from that feeling of having all our parts be separate to a state of wholeness. You know where everything works together and appreciates the other .Eventually at the end we not only have this feeling of grace within our movements and breath but it allows us to open our hearts to others and in that way we leave ready to embrace the love and kindness that others are ready to offer us. We see the beauty in all other beings only as much as we feel connected to our own greatness.
We see this demonstration of connectedness in nature. We breath out carbon dioxide, the clouds produce rain, the trees take in our exudation and give us oxygen, the sun gives us all light. Each part of the whole is vitally important. Just like we could not have done the class tonight without each and every person as part of our circle. It wouldn’t have worked without you! The yoga helps us feel like the loose ends of our life are not just random challenges we are doing battle with but they are just threads in a grander tapestry and even the difficult moments are important to the whole state of our embodiment.
May this practice bring you back to your center time and time again so you can see clearly how you touch every living being by your existence now and beyond! Love to you all. 1,008 humble bows, Silvia