Return to Center

“Stay centered, do not overstretch.
Extend from your center, return to your center.”
~Buddha

Namaste,

We all come to yoga for different reasons, but as we begin to practice we quickly learn the philosophy behind yoga is that of union. Union of the body, mind, and spirit. In this unity, within us all resides a tranquil center. A center that holds the balance between the innate contraction and expansion of our existence. As humans, our life also encompasses connecting to others and the world around us. These connections can both support our tranquil center and pull us away. The most obvious moments of when we are pulled away is during times of challenge and stress.

This arises when we find some part of the outer world in conflict with our inner world.

All of us since March of last year, have been pulled in many directions away from our center. We have had to constantly adapt to the changing protocols our leaders set forth and manage fear and anxiety of the unknown. Even as we publicly begin to return to some aspects of life that we knew prior to Covid, we we may feel challenged in our ability to return to center. For some of us, we may have been pulled so far away from center and for so long, that we are not even sure we recognize it anymore.

But this is Yoga. The only thing that we can 100% rely upon in this life is that things will always change. Returning to center is not about “holding” center in a fixed way. That would deny our own evolution as a being and create falseness through rigidity. Rather, returning to center is a delicate dance in which we understand that our experiences of life will constantly move us. It is the willingness to remain in practice so that we can recognize when we have been pulled too far away or have been away for too long.

The beautiful thing is that we can always return. While our awareness (consciousness) may evolve and expand, the essence of who we are not defined or limited by a physical body or experience, will always remain. Even if we feel we have lost sense of who or what we are, know that your innate essence remains untouched.

In the practice of yoga there is no judgement. It does not matter who you are or where you come from – it is universal and available to all human beings to return to their own magnificence . It is here that we find clarity and peace, and gain the wisdom of discernment of conflicts in the outer world.

Let go of fear and worry. Now is the time to return to center – now is the only time that truly exists. The only way back is to begin. Be in peace that it is never too late.

Om Shanti

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