The Resilience of Flight
"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe
There comes a moment for each of us when doubt surfaces, times when fear reigns and situations where the seeds of confusion and distrust are sown. When we are faced with change or beset by challenge there are endless ways in which we can fold our wings and resist transformation. But we must not lose courage in the face of difficulty; rather we need to push out against our bindings and uncover our most resilient natures.
Our Bowspring practice provides constant opportunity to stretch our wings to their fullest measure. But in so many postures, we can feel as if our wings are bound and the light of radiant heart is restricted. But our bindings are only what we make of them, whether we allow them to constrain us or we push back against our fears and continue to grow. The engagement of our wings from the domes of our hands to the widening of the shoulders not only enables us to maintain a sense of buoyancy while standing but plays an essential role in keeping us agile when weight-bearing. Any time that we feel the desire to surrender, may we instead kindle the spark of resilience into the flames of fortitude and perseverance.
Our alignment asks that we learn vital lessons about confronting our pain, finding our voice and taking a stand for our personal growth. When encountering resistance, we push back with the light of radiant heart. When told that we are not enough, or that we do not have the strength, we expand our wings in defiance. And when told that we cannot succeed, instead of capitulating, we take flight.
I look forward to seeing each of you on your mats.