Life can be such a roller coaster of highs and lows. One minute something wonderful and joyful happens and then the next, something extremely challenging comes along. We have a positive encounter with someone and shortly after a negative encounter with someone else. It can feel so deflating when we are on a high to get knocked down into the low. When this happens, it can be hard to not take it personal, asking, “what did I do to deserve this?”
But this is just part of what it means to be human. We experience ALL the things; good, bad and everything in between. Life is made up of contrast. The more we get attached to one side, the harder it is to find our center when we get thrown to the other.
This is where the practice of Yoga comes in. It is a practice designed to help us find the center in the ever changing landscape of life. We bend backward, we bend forward. We lead with the left, then the right. We bend to one side, then the other. We turn ourselves upside down. And through it all, we do our best to stay steady and relaxed, breathing deeply and focusing only on what it is happening in the moment. We work to find the center as the sea of opposing forces whirls around. We remain steady and calm, even in the eye of the storm.
It is not easy, far from it. However, with commitment, consistency, conviction and some enthusiasm, it works. Which is why I have been practicing for over 24 years. It’s not a bandaid or magic pill and certainly doesn’t make things all shiny and perfect. But it does help to feel safe in a world that can sometimes feel anything but.