I am still a student

Every once in a while, I stumble upon an idea that taps into this great energy. It goes something like this; positivity gives positivity in all rightness. It is an endless energy of circular proportions in my mind. I am reading a book on Ayurvedic Medicine, an introduction to. In my mind it is the concept of 'Pure Awareness'. It is how I rationalize my presence on this earth.

Regardless of whether or not you understand what I am trying to say above... here is a good point. We take much for granted. If I just stopped and said, 'My practice right now is all that I ever hoped it would be, and I am so grateful for it.' My life would be much more peaceful. My mind at rest. I guess in simple terms an appreciation of here and now is missing.

I want to stop grasping at the great energy of my ramblings in the first paragraph above, and just accept it's existence in my life.

"Many of us grew up with the belief that achieving success requires relentless hard work, grim determination and intense ambition. As a result, we may have struggled for years and even reached some of our goals but wound up feeling exhausted, our lives out of balance...such desperate striving isn’t necessary or even desirable. In the natural world, creation comes forth with ease. A seed doesn’t struggle to become a tree―it simply unfolds in grace." >- Deepak Chopra on the seven spiritual laws of success.

8PM class was humid. I am moving forward in my practice with deeper asanas and better control over the chaotic energies that I feel during the day. I had a different instructor today, he was just what I have been missing. He was hard on us and I needed it. He directed our focus as a class to set our pace/motivation during Pranayama Series and really tapped into our group energy to push and push and push. He reinforced a forgotten tip for Garurasana (Eagles Pose). Stick your butt out farther than you think you should while bringing your chest up to create the c-curve in your spine. On a separate note of progress, I lifted my left heal up with strength and flexibility to spare during Janushirasana with Paschimotthanasana (Head to Knee Pose).

I guess the themes of this post are two opposing energies. Hard-work versus acceptance. I am struggling with finding a happy median between the two.


hannahjustbreathe said...

All of yoga---actually, all of life---is one, long, continuous bout of hard work to find balance, the happy median, the place in which you are both giving your all and letting go of everything. And because this is so difficult to master, we spend our lives practicing...and practicing...

Lovely post!

Kirsten Flower Petal Blooming said...

That's deep Hannah... and so true. I guess what you are saying is that both opposing energies are even opposing at all.. they are one in the same :) Thank you.

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