I’m quoting one of my yoga teachers today, the wonderful Anat Geiger, who shared a beautiful talk about compassion and acceptance.
“We spend so much energy worrying.
Worrying that we are not good enough, that our lives are not good enough, that our bodies are not good enough… That life is somehow going to hurt us.
There’s this constant static in the back of our mind, of worry. And even though that is a completely natural human experience, in yoga we are trying to move a little deeper than the surface, and see if we can practice the opposite of worry; which is being completely content, with everything being exactly as it is right now.
For one breath.
And if one breath goes, then see if you can take a second breath in this contentment space.
This last little bit (of the practice) is about complete surrender and acceptance. And I find that sometimes when we say acceptance, it sounds almost as if we give up and have to settle for less.
This is a Western way of thinking of acceptance. The true meaning of the word is embracing. Understanding that our desires and what we want are not necessarily better than what is. A true warrior can actually be free like this: to enjoy what is present, what is given.”
Thanks to yoga and the talented people who teach me, I found that all of these things can come so easily during practice.
It makes me believe that one day, they might also come this easily during life.
References: you can watch the class “We are warriors of compassion,” to which the above text refers, on Ekhart Yoga (but you’ll need a subscription). This class plays with warrior poses and is thought by – as mentioned – Anat Geiger. Her website is here.