All around us are roots. Those of the earth, plants and trees and flowers and nature. Likewise, we are surrounded by roots much of our own making; our families, our friends, our communities. Even more individually rooted are our routines and our habits, the devices that we have forged to make it through our every day experiences. But while many of the ways we sustain our daily lives are required, such as nourishment, sleep and hydration, there are patterns we cling to for safety or for normalcy that while feeling like they keep us afloat are really what hold us back.
Joseph Campbell, a mythologist whose work has influenced those far and wide, tells us that “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”. What a compelling way in which to encourage us to follow our roots all the way to their beginnings! It is a journey, full of twists and turns and the unexpected discovery. But like the heroes of fables and stories, if we dare embark on the trip, there is treasure to be found. Much like our Bowspring practice, where we encourage ourselves to be present in each breath, each pose, and even in the in-between. And find that as we do, we delve incrementally deeper into the exploration of self and with infinite awareness of the possibilities to grow. This grounding aspect of the practice is first reflected in the root spiral of the lower body, beginning with the feet and how they make contact with the earth. We literally dig into it - our movement, our understanding and our awareness, that we may ultimately surrender the patterns that no longer serve us. And there the next leg of our journey awaits!
When you fear going deep, avail yourself of the words above. Have faith that our practice continues to offer a safe space in which to discover, and uncover! the treasures that lie within. And that while you may be on your own path, one look around shows that you are not alone.
I’ll see you all on our mats.