We all have a variety of methods for avoiding confrontation. One common technique is to consistently change our outer circumstances (e.g., who we interact with, where we live, where we work, where we shop, where we practice yoga, etc.). By re-arranging things at the surface of life, we are not really changing. It’s like re-arranging your furniture, taking a step back to look at the room and saying, “There! Now my life will be different.” When we heroically confront ourselves, we are making shifts on a deeper level, we are changing the way we relate to ourselves. This will automatically change the way that we relate to others and create meaningful shifts in our outer circumstances.
This is something you can experience in your body. Though the following examples are offered in the context of a yoga class, you do not have to be doing yoga to embody change under the surface. This week, in our exploration of connecting with a deeper layer of being and creating the yoga poses from that place, I asked my classes to sit still and feel their skin (the surface of their being) soften around them. Then, to feel their breath move through them under the surface. In each pose, I had folks feel their breath, feel their muscles and be mindful of how their inner bodies were affecting, informing and changing the surface. For example, if you stand up and take a breath in, you will notice that your armpits and chest naturally lift. You’re not forcing yourself to stand up straighter, but you do because your breath creates a shift on the surface.
Anyone can randomly move their body in space or attempt to make a specific shape with their body, but that doesn’t mean something is happening under the surface. When we are paying attention, feeling our breath and using our muscles, there is a great deal happening underneath the surface of the yoga pose. The outer pose will shift and refine and expand because of what’s happening underneath. When we confront ourselves and make shifts in our awareness, our outer lives will naturally change.
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