Have you read the latest US Yoga Journal editor’s letter by Charity Ferreira? I just did, and was immediately inspired. Her first sentence included a quote by British writer, Eden Phillpotts:
“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
“It’s so true,” I thought. Personally, I relate to these words (with the firm belief that we are intertwined with the universe) as they help describe — on a micro level — how I feel after every Bikram class. It’s that feeling of having learned something new (or relearning it), whether hearing a sentence in the dialogue that suddenly, as if out of nowhere, tweaks a pose into place, or experiencing a light-bulb moment at the most inappropriate time (during the twist in Triangle!) that changes the course of my day. It’s as if all the sweat steam-cleans the windshield of grit and grime to expose a more insightful window on the world.
It may sound all cheery, but I am not talking about seeing the world through rose coloured glasses. Opening our eyes, getting in tune with our feelings, accepting discomfort, and really feeling present comes with its own ramifications (if you will) — we may become more sensitive, more perceptive, more fearful, more empowered, and/or more understanding of our selves in space.
This is a process that I am getting used to, and reading an inspiring quote like the one above reminds me to keep patient — to enjoy riding the wave when going with the flow, and to paddle like crazy when the going gets tough… because giving up just isn’t an option. Because the only way out is through, and this is what enables the magic to manifest.
It may sound cliche and yes, we’ve heard similar sentiments a million times before, but once we start unraveling in the process, doesn’t it all somehow make sense?