Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. 

Are you looking down?

June 8, 2016

 

I tell my yoga students, again and again, that if they're looking down, they will fall. End of story. 

 

But I get it--it feels safer to look down--to know where you are in relation to the (very often very hard) ground. But your brain sends your body wherever it is your eyes land; that's what eyes are for--they're little homing devices that direct our too-eager-to-follow brain. So. Looking down? Going down.

 

But! Looking OUT--looking forward--> GOING forward. Sure, you can't see where you might (might!) land, but you will see where you're going. And I promise you--where you're going is a lot brighter, a lot closer, and lot more attainable than you might think. 

 

If you're always looking down, how could you possibly know that? You keep falling and, inevitably, forward seems chronically far, persistently out of reach. 

 

Just try it. Once, twice. Be brave. Have a landing pad if it makes you feel safer (I've got nothing against safety measures), but look forward. And keep looking forward. See how much closer you are than you've allowed yourself to believe. 

 

Now. Balance there. (Hint: you've already been balancing there--now see it and believe it). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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