While the raging winds and angry floods made their way over the mid-Atlantic, many of us watched in horror glued to our television screens. It is natural to fear the unpredictable. It is also human nature to worry about those we love. But do we ever sit and consider if we treasure everyday of life that destiny blesses us with. While many of frantically feared the wrath of nature, Hurricane Sandy brought Edward J. Stieglitz words to my mind:
“The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years”.
This thought made me ponder over a thought extensively: would my life be different if I lived everyday like it was my last? If we live every day in a manner that we are prepared to embrace death any moment, then maybe our fears and regrets will fizzle away.
Dealing with crisis
When faced with crisis, there are two ways of dealing with a situation. Either you fall prey to the moment and let the fear of the unknown push you into submitting your calm to the disastrous situation. Or you always have the option of holding you stance and facing the upcoming problem headstrong.
While dealing with situation in a submissive manner, you tend to fall weak. Once you give in to your weakness, the calamity takes the better of you. The reason why you reacted with fear to a natural disaster could have been your desire to experience more of what life might have held for you. You may feel a sense of regret which takes you down a flashback of your whole life making you wonder what productive use you put of your life.
In times of difficulty, understanding and truth occurs at the level of both our physical body and our mind. It opens our mind to bring in clarity. Yoga is an experience of our actual self at the core and brings an experience of contentment and peace. My experience as a yogi has provided me with four important experiences:
- Insights into my physical capabilities.
- insights into my limitations and fortifications helping me decide what I want to experience.
- Insights into my mental conflicts as the inner dialogue with myself during various poses.
- Moments of interest which erupt as a feeling of epiphany when I achieve something beyond my potentials during a pose.
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Yoga helps maintain focus in crisis
Yoga teaches us to hold our stance. Yoga brings your mind and body into a sense of intertwined communication which makes you prepared for the worst in life. The essence of a yoga session can be summarized in the fact that it teaches you to stand steadfast in times of crises. Once you learn not to bow before the strong tides of life, you will live to see how life moves towards stability.
Yoga speaks to the inner workings of your mind and body and puts you on a journey of discovering your potentials. Once you are aware of your abilities, you can learn to triumph over your limitations. While practicing yoga poses, you learn to challenge your body. The act of mastering a difficult pose makes you push your mind and body beyond your ordinary potentials. The challenge of dealing with a difficult pose makes you come out on the other side. By applying this concept in an hour of crisis, you will learn to tackle it well.
This way yoga helps us stand tall and face the trials and tribulations when our lives are interrupted by things that we count on. Yoga helps us maintain steadiness and focus when something unpredictable like a storm hits us unwarned.
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