Imagine being extended an invitation that would give you the freedom to pursue a dream. To envision a wild spark and embark on a journey to nurture your vision and draw it forth into reality. In this pursuit, there are no dreams too wild or far-fetched, the only limitations are those that you alone create. And yet, there is no guarantee that your pursuit would be successful. No promise that the outcome would be as you may yearn. What is most certain is that in the process, your mind would undoubtedly be expanded and your heart would be indelibly changed. As Henry Ford reportedly said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.”
How many times have we each been on our mat, wondering from where we are going to dig up a little more energy, hold our pose a little bit longer, or find the space for one more breath? I would wager at least a few! And each time we bump up against own own edges, it is our will and determination that encourages us to keep going. To keep growing. We root down into the earth from our feet, we set the hips back in a posturing of readiness and then we reach for the sky. If the seed of hesitation or doubt is planted, it will show itself in a shortening of the rib cage, or a widening of the waist; it will be present in our lack of springy lightness. When instead we foster light in the spheres of the heart, the hips and the head, we are demonstrating to the universe that no matter what the outcome may be, we are willing to dive in full-heartedly to our experiences.
Our practice is full of possibility. From the moment we step foot on our mat to the end of class, we have the opportunity to expand in body, in heart, and in mind. To be certain, the biggest restrictions we can expect to encounter are those in our own minds. Do each of us then have the willingness to accept that we are the architects of our experiences? And that the outcome, while never guaranteed, will at the very least be an opportunity to expand beyond our own expectations, and see beauty and possibility at every turn.
I’ll see you on your mats!