04 Jun Don’t take notes, take action
When our bodies speak, we must do more than take notes. We must take action.
Because unlike the mind, the body one of the few things in this world that will never lie to us. It may baffle us, but it will never bullshit us.
And so, it’s best to think of and relate to it as that good, caring friend whose feedback helps us learn about a part of ourselves that we need to discover.
During a recent camel pose, my instructor led a short meditation that was truly empowering. She said:
Imagine a blue light shooting out of your throat. This vortex of energy governs communication, truthfulness and expression. And so, whatever you want to say, whomever you want to say it to, know that you have the power to make your truth known.
I literally felt the release in my body during that posture. When I came out of camel, I was floating.
Interestingly enough, later that night I was able to have a difficult conversation with somebody close to me, voicing something that I originally planned on keeping to myself.
Remember, in yoga and in life, your body is your friend, and if you treat it with respect, it will support you in everything you need to do.
Can you see your body as your friend rather than your enemy?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, regular practitioner and community leader at Bikram Yoga Park Slope. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat.