17 Oct Yoga Element #1 -Courage
Element- A part or aspect of something that is essential. You mean like, breakfast is essential or sleep or water is essential for survival? These may be basic elements, however every outcome has elements to be successful. Courage was the #1 element that we discovered and integrated into our “Lifted Yoga” class this last week. This was helpful in pulling and holding things together with a strong muscular energy. Service takes an element of courage. Finding and implementing what serves us best can truly be a challenge. Becoming selfish or self absorbed needs to be constantly under surveillance. There are also opportunities like a new situation or stepping out of our comfort zone’s that takes courage. These are often what produce a window into the possible or dark truths about ourselves. We have to be full of courage to look at the sometimes unpleasant parts of ourselves so we can transcend them. I loved watching Billy Crystal on Saturday Night live when he talked about doing something completely bizarre, like sticking his finger in a spinning fan, and saying “I hate when I do that!” as his squealing voice was released with a crooked smile. We all cringe at some of our habits or behaviors that dominate. Yet I will encourage you to face them as we find them surface during our Hatha practice of yoga. Simply put our inner experience matches our physical experience. Going a step further in service to ourselves is summed up in a quote by Marianne Williamson. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”. If we treated ourselves and others from this understanding our world would be served greatly.
“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”
A delightful result of practicing this REAL look at ourselves is we will find the gems of our hearts are of precious quality. You are more beautiful, special and powerful than you ever thought possible! If we harness this to its purity, we will serve the other relationships in our life with amazing effectiveness. Including our service to our bodies. Practice often-look honestly with humor-and watch the brilliant light bounce off the beautiful gem of your heart.
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