Pose of the Week: Janu Sirsasana & Acceptance
I remember just a year ago, when my child was so very, very sick. There were nights when he was up the entire night. And by entire night, I mean that he did not sleep from the time we attempted to put him to bed until the sun rose the next morning. I was a hot mess. Mentally, physically, and emotionally drained, I doubt that I spoke a single sentence that made any sense. Yet, in the course of this several-month-long trial, something did begin to make sense.
It was in between sleepless nights, doctors visits, and a personal health crisis that the walls holding my world together began to crumble, and inside of the house I built a light began to shine. Inside of that house, inside of me, there was more joy than I had ever experienced. Joy that I never would have experienced without the difficult course. I had changed from a smiling shell to a present and blissful being. At some point, I had begun to walk with acceptance.
So, after a long and sleepless night (thank you new teeth and daylight savings time), I’m a bit in awe of my perspective. Actually, I’m in awe of the whole night. Each time that I awoke from my light slumber, I found myself acting with patience. Not once did I begrudging roll out of bed full of frustration and attend to my child’s needs, while picturing myself undisturbed and sound asleep. But instead, I met his needs with a deep loving compassion. An unconditional understanding. And, while I would love to say that I came along this way of being on my own, I have to give thanks to my yoga path.
You see, yesterday, I spent a beautiful day sharing yoga in a children’s class as well as in my own personal practice. I made time to meditate not once but twice during the day. And I met all of my own needs. I ate well, sipped on water and tea, and spent time running around in the autumn sun with my sweet baby – kicking a soccer ball (his newest passion). I lived yoga. My body, mind, and breath were in complete union. In order to create this mind-body-breath union, we must accept what is. Acceptance is an integral part of emotional flexibility. So often we attempt to control the uncontrollable. We spend enormous amounts of energy on the unattainable.
Today, try the attainable. A seated forward bend, Janu Sirasana is a beautiful balancing stretch which increases the flexibility of the mind. Seated forward bends take patience and practice. Enjoy the calm and restoration of body and mind as you stretch into your being and into a new perspective, accepting your ability and limitations.
Reflection: If you were to accept one being, thing, or event as-is, what would it be? Why? How could this acceptance change your life? How would this positive energy extend into your relationships?
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