“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
The practice of yoga is more challenging – and more rewarding – than it looks. One of the lessons I took home with my shaky legs and becalmed mind was that your mind can stand in the way of easy progress in your life if you let it. Likewise, it can be the key to forward movement, healing and growth if you let it.
My yoga instructor used an example that made a lot of sense to me. She described the fact that scar tissue, limitations in movement and inflexibility that come from physical injuries can often be worked through and healed if you are willing to work through the mental hesitation and mental convictions of disability that block the way to restored function.
The positions you get into and hold for what seems like hours in yoga have an uncanny ability to expose the parts of your body – and the aspects of your mind – that are in need of stretching or strengthening or both. A new pose, like Reclining Hero Pose or Half Moon Pose, brings you swiftly to the edge of your personal performance envelope, the quickly narrowing corner where the power of your mind, the depth of your conviction about the power of outside events and your present physical and mental agility and fortitude meet.
Relinquishing limiting assumptions unleashes hidden inner strength. Call it life force, qi, prana or elan vital, but as with any flow system, when you find a way to open the pathways, flow is restored. While some physical limitations are irreparable, I would venture to say that the large majority of them are reversible. What stands in the way is more a state of mind than a state of matter.
MENS AGITAT MOLEM. Mind moves matter.