10 Day Yoga Journey: Day 6 Getting Pushed Elicits Strong Emotions

Getting my butt physically kicked stirs a reaction which leads to clarity.

This was a day of opposition poses with twists and extended time in postures. Ouch! Being on the edge of poses creates frustration and angst in me. I fixate on when Petra will finally move us along. And once she does, how do I coexist with these disruptive (combative?) feelings while staying with my breath?

How Do I Live With Life?

At times, it feels like it all the difficult postures and holds are being “done” to me, which creates confrontational feelings. It is me against the teacher or the pose or like in life, me versus whoever: I win, you lose, I am right; you are wrong, black and white. I used to think “black and white” was a safe place where I would know things and not wonder. Business or math may be more defined but people are all about the gray baby.  Life is what it IS and I have to learn to accept it or suffer the consequences.

Yoga Lessons Are Life Lessons. Really.

“Letting go” and “acceptance” does not mean giving up. It means surrendering to what is and staying connected to it the whole way.  Through that process, I am free. Whether it is holding a difficult yoga posture, building good relationships, working at my craft, applying for a new job or writing this blog. Simple whole awareness and attention to each thing I am doing. No more. No less.



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Cheryl Roby May 09, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I see acceptance as the key to the cell that keeps me locked in judgment and feelings of less than. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Curtis Washburn May 10, 2012 at 02:46 AM
"all about the gray" - love it. How often have i told others "you can't see this as black and white". I preach it quite well, but how often do I recognize the "black/white" thinking in my own head. Thanks for sharign your experience my friend. Curtis
Bob McCandlish May 10, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Acceptance to things we like is so easy. How "generous and wise" we are in the good times! Ha. When not-so good stuff comes our way, acceptance becomes the way of patsies, door mats and saps. I am finding that if I accept something distasteful, I can still be with it without it's toxic emotions taking me over. It's hard lesson we are bound to learn more than once so no worries, there's plenty of time to get it right.:)
Cheryl Roby May 10, 2012 at 01:35 PM
When I glimpse the notion that there is no such thing as distasteful, not so good or bad and their flip sides good, desirable, etc; I sense the total peace of acceptance. Agree there is no doormat in that, just knowing what is and acting from that peaceful place of alignment with truth.


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