A metaphor for life, holding a yoga posture is like suspending your body and entire being in the space between pleasure and discomfort. Sensations and emotions give rise to waves of craving and aversion. Somewhere in between strength of presence and softness of spirit, you may find home.
In mindful presence,
Where can I soften in this posture?
Where is the edge between opening and force,
the line between stretch and too much effort?
The mind and body serve up a feast of feelings,
each breath another chance to deepen and release.
The smallest motion, or even just a quiet sigh
could be all that I require to shift my focus
from the outer to the inner realm,
a change from feeling lost to being home.
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yin Yoga, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.