A Bowspring practitioner recently acknowledged in class that a heart-centered postural sequence had created feelings of uncertainty and discomfort. Further exploration brought to light the sensitivity that we may feel in practice when we invite the vulnerability of an open heart and outstretched wings. The truth is, stepping into our own power is intimidating, if not downright scary.
Marianne Williamson advises us, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” The Bowspring is a posturing of empowerment. The expansion of Radiant Heart invites an lift of the shoulders up and wide. Our wings open, the elbows move forward, up and apart and the hands curl with sensitivity into seeds which then invite the length of our arms from our wingtips to firm with strength. In our expanded posture, we beckon our true nature to shine forth. And as we learn more how to tap into this inner source of our power, our fears at first may increase; our hesitations show. And if each of us are to acknowledge and witness this vulnerability, we will see that the only obstacle in our way is ourselves.
“As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do that same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”, so concludes Marianne Williamson. When you next find yourself on your mat, tentative or uncertain, remember that you are powerful beyond measure. That our life’s practice is in inviting life’s light and stepping into our power, thereby becoming the brightest and most authentic version of ourselves possible.
I hope to celebrate our light with you on our mats.