Bowspringer, have you been in too much of a hurry lately? Do you feel the need to have tasks accomplished sooner rather than later? Are we lamenting the time passed? Our capacity to be fully present in each moment can be diminished by the purported need to have something to show for our time spent. In a time when nearly all of our questions may be answered in an instant, patience is now a practice to be nurtured.
We come to our mats, ready for movement and full of inspiration. We have high expectations; and why would we not for a practice that demands our utmost mindfulness? But what happens when our practice doesn’t transpire in the manner we want or expect? Do we stick around for the long haul or do we throw in the towel in the hopes that we will find something else, maybe something easier, to accomplish.
The Bowspring is not a practice for the faint of heart. It asks us for commitment, in mind and body and spirit. It also calls upon our patience as, at its core, Radiant Heart is a concept that asks us to ally ourselves not only with what we can see but what we feel. As a corporeal experience, the ribcage expands and rises forward, up and away from the earth; remaining buoyant even when the breath is released and lungs contract with the natural rhythm of our breath. But it is a spiritual experience as much as a physical one that enlivens our senses of capability and wellbeing. And it is all too easy for us to judge our capacity based on our movement and the complexity (or lack of!) our postures, when the truth is that our movement may be slower to evolve than our understanding of the practice itself. And here is where we need to nurture our patience. A willingness to be present, in body and in mind, for the experience that is; for the body that is; and whether we accomplish a specific pose or not - we have the perseverance to try.
Slow down, dear Bowspringer, and let patience be your discipline. There is no time like the present. In fact, there will never be another moment like it. So please enjoy each day, each practice, for what it is… an opportunity to be fully and extraordinarily there. For you.
I look forward to seeing each and every one of you on your mats.