Yoga teaches me that most everything is a meditation. When I first began going to yoga classes, I practiced kundalini yoga most of the time. I loved these classes because at the end we always practiced a meditation. Sometimes the meditation included singing, weird breathing, and holding my arms in odd positions. I remember holding my arms up one time and feeling like an acupressure point was being pressed. It hurt so bad that it made my stomach hurt. I decided I would put my arms down. At that exact moment the teacher said “just a little while longer, hold steady, you’re not going to die.” Though it felt like I was going to perish at any moment, I held steady through the discomfort.
This story reminds me of my return trip from Italy years ago. Very ill, I spent the previous day on the airplane before being returned to the terminal due to a starter malfunction. Before taking off the next day another issue arose, delaying the flight further. We finally left the runway after a 3 hour delay and flew 9 hours eastward. I caught a flight to San Antonio from New York and we finally landed in Texas. After 15 hours of travel, I was ready to lay in bed for at least as many hours when the captain shared this message “Folks, we’re about 20 minutes early and don’t have a terminal to park in. We’ll be here at least another 15 minutes.”
I wanted to break down and cry right there. I was so close to the end, so close to home and delayed again! Then I was reminded of the meditation I practiced years ago and the words of my teacher, Liesbet Pryke: “just a little while longer, hold steady, you’re not going to die.” I smiled to myself and took a little nap, knowing that my added anxiety wasn’t going to make anything move any faster. We eventually pulled into the terminal and I was more rested because I chose to be.
So many circumstances are like this where our patience and discomfort tolerance is tested: being on hold while on the phone with Time Warner Cable, waiting in traffic, washing the dishes. And moving even deeper in the meditation is that sweet space where discomfort melds with ease and there is an appreciation for the temporary state of discomfort that yields to a more pleasurable, open space.
Most things are like this. Most things are meditations.
Hi! I'm Robin - Teacher, Singer, & Author. I love creativity & sharing what I love!