Today, as I taught my end of the week, one of my favourite, restorative Yoga class; there was a disturbance amongst the group of seasoned regulars.
A new face, who was not ready to soften, not quite ready to let go.
She rustled, fidgeted, and sighed loudly.
At first, this annoyed me.
She was disrupting this peaceful space, the deep state of relaxation that my regulars have become so familiar with. I tried to ignore her, put her rustling into the background of my own holding of space for the class.
Then I saw myself in her.
I remembered a time where I was that new face, the one who thought that softening was for the weak and letting go was for those who got left behind. I smiled.
When we got into a very supported Supta Badha Konasana, and she refused to use support, I went over to her, smiled, and placed her legs in a blanket, straightened her head.
For the first time, I saw her soften, and for the rest of the class - she maintained stillness in every pose.
It is so easy to ignore things that we find unpleasant, annoying, and mostly - the things that we ourselves have been trying to ignore and displace about ourselves.
We are constantly provided with mirrors - people who show us the qualities about ourselves that both we want to see and we want to ignore.
It is easy to see the mirror of what we are fighting internally, and block it out.
The work is in seeing that mirror, smiling, and reaching out to lend a helping hand to those who are on the same path as you. Saying, "i'm in the same boat - here is a paddle."
Fight impatience with patience. Fight meanness with kindness, and most of all, fight hatred with love.
"Be the light you wish to see in this world"