“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”
The ancient practice of Yoga was never meant to be the answer to all of life’s challenges. Rather, it is a philosophy and a system of practice for living. Asanas [poses] do not eliminate challenges and problems we encounter day-to-day, but rather teaches the practitioner how to maintain equanimity and live peacefully through life’s inevitable challenges.
Being in a pose, flowing through a practice and the challenging components of the exercises of Yoga teaches strength, perseverance, and contentment within difficult times, and to release attachment from goals or outcomes. It is an element of practice for the yogi to face these challenges rather than to avoid them.
Yogis pray to Ganesh for positive outcomes and good fortune. But what many don’t know is that there is much more to the deity. The iconography of the Ganesh silhouette is rich with heart teachings and really amazing and grounding life lessons and warnings. Ganesh’s trunk features twists and turns. That symbolizes the twists and turns of life, and the twists and turns of the heart’s journey of awakening. It tells us that the spiritual path is not a straight line. It’s not predictable. When it twists, you can’t see around the corner. You can’t see the unknown. This can produce anxiety. Facing the unknown can be frightening for the part of us that needs to know, the part that needs certainty.
To awaken to a broader reality that includes uncertainty and the unknown requires regular practice. Why? Because we have to constantly work with our fear of the unknown. And fear is just the beginning. There’s more that lurks around the corner – self-doubt, unworthiness, need for approval and validation, all patterns of limitation and smallness, to name just a few. To stay on the path of the heart against the greatest odds takes perseverance. It’s a life-time practice….at least.
Ultimately, finding your true self on the mat and meeting yourself at your best and worst daily will build perseverance. The journey is never an easy one, filled with challenges as we discover ourselves. Challenges shouldn’t be viewed as negatives, but rather as integral stepping stones on the path of yoga.
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