I hate how yoga has become a trendy almost competitive exercise, but I do love the words of wisdom conveyed around the ads in Yoga Journal. These arrived in the morning e-mail and have particular resonance for me today as I dig into a new project:
“How is it that when life is spun around by circumstances, benign or otherwise, some people flail while others sail? Why do some of us wallow in that place where we’re so shocked and unhappy about an unexpected turn of events that we resist reality and find ourselves mired in bitterness or fear or hopelessness? Instead of accepting change with grace, we dig in our heels and suffer through each day of things not being what we think they shouldbe. What’s the secret to riding each new wave gracefully?
You can learn to accept change with equanimity, absorbing each phase in stride and learning from each new experience. Instead of running for the hills each time a change arises, deal with change in three distinct stages: Loosen your grip, separate your feelings, and tap into wisdom. Learning to make peace with life’s calamities—lost jobs, romances, dreams—does not mean you have to be passive.
Prepare for life’s ups and downs with a daily practice. Every morning, repeat a gatha (mindfulness verse): “Great is the matter of birth and death; impermanence surrounds us. Be awake each moment; do not waste your life.” Life doesn’t give you breathing room, but if you stop grasping for control of the uncontrollable, you can learn to breathe through it all.”