Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Some of you might be thinking about your exit strategy right now. Maybe you think you can’t do the pose like the others; that you are different and that is reason enough to leave. Maybe you difference yourself out in life, too.That is how we isolate ourselves.
I hovered in Eagle Pose, my quad muscles protesting.
Am I more open to listening when my body is working its hardest?
I blinked the sweat into my eyes as it occurred to me that, in the past, I have used what I perceive as my differences from others to take flight from situations.
It is an easy way to opt out of conflict.
I thought about a complicated confluence of events and, while the instructor spoke, I imagined myself unlocking the window that served as my Dristi, spreading my wings like the Eagle I was at the moment and flying away.
But that would be too easy, even if it were possible.
We switched sides, first reaching to the heavens, then settling down again and this time wrapping the left leg over and around the other and the left arm under and around the other.
I looked out the window, found my Dristi once more, and listened as the instructor continued, encouraging us to maintain the pose and stay in the moment.
I had stayed in it and was better for it.