Not everything we are given is for us.
We are made of what we contain:
A cluttered closet of color and potential,
Shapes and textures,
We make from what we contain.
We leave our prints.
Transformation is not what we do.
It’s what happens
When we live.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle colorfully illustrates the metamorphosis of a caterpillar who eats everything until cocooning himself for transformation into a butterfly. It is thought provoking to metaphor the hungry caterpillar to non-excess. A bit silly to think about eating until we cocoon our self.
Rather than thinking about ways of limiting excess, think about areas of transformation. Where does life need to be in your day? Where could life be in a room in your house?
When I think about life, I think about color and movement. In Ayurveda, skin color and luster is indicative of health and death is viewed as the cease of movement.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman
We are multidimensional beings: mind, senses, emotions, intellect, physical body are moving parts of us. In Ayurveda, these are called Koshas. When one dimension changes the others change. The physical gestures, asanas, we move our body into create change with our multidimensional self simply by adding movement. When we connect our breath to our movement our gestures project an internal intention. As we grow in awareness of the intentions within our self and become comfortable observing our thoughts, we begin to discover, or rediscover, what makes us come alive.
Iyengar Yoga frames asana flow around our koshas, ,seamlessly blending our multi-dimensional layers. This process comparable to metacognition in reading when the parts of a text, the words, sentences, images they invoke, combine and create an active learning experience within the reader. Words come alive.
At any time and in any situation, we have different layers of our self that we can access to move through what we are experiencing in a transformative way.
Suggestions to Consider:
-Not everything we are given is for us. What are you holding onto that would be helpful to let go?
-Reflect on one routine you do daily and the nature with which you do it? Our gestures, thoughts and expressions can offer us insight on our experience of an activity.
-Add playfulness into your day and jump. Iyengar yoga uses jumps in transitions to evoke joy.
-Read a children’s book to engage your imagination.