Insights come to me at what appear to be the oddest times. But is there really an odd time or is it that we’re “in the space” to see, hear or feel it? If one takes the position that “right here and now” is the perfect time, then the space where we are is perfect. Today I did my Yoga practice on our dock. With a background of birds chirping, the wind light enough to keep the bugs at bay and making me really work on holding the balance postures, our resident mink swam from the dock to the big rock to watch as my dog fell asleep by my mat. My awareness zoomed into the increased tension in my “back body” – meaning my back extension and hips. I’ve not been feeling flexible and have taken it to be related to too much of my day-to-day work into flexion of my “front-body”. What came to me today in my first back bend was the quote found in the book of Tao (chapter 76 in the Tao te Ching)
“A newborn is soft and tender, A crone, hard and stiff. Plants and animals, in life, are supple and succulent; In death, withered and dry. So softness and tenderness are attributes of life, And hardness and stiffness, attributes of death.
Just as a sapless tree will split and decay So an inflexible force will meet defeat; The hard and mighty lie beneath the ground While the tender and weak dance on the breeze above” As another layer to consider, I looked at my life and where I am flexible and inflexible. What hit me between the eyes is how flexible I am moving forward in many directions. Yet, I am much less flexible in “bending” from certain stories I’ve told myself in the past. I then realized my past is an analogy for what’s been left “behind” me. My past being represented by my “back body”. From this practice, I chose to let go of more stories and my extension postures released more and more through my yoga practice. More practice will help me get there, but for now I’m going to use the analogy of letting go of things behind me in order to become more flexible as I live in the present and extend into my future.