My focus this week has been all about holding to our core, no matter what. Often in life we feel like there is so much darkness that we can’t even begin to think there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Or even if there is light that it’s just a train coming headlong at us. This has been true especially in the last couple of years and financial markets which felt so structured and stable came crashing down. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected by this in some way. It’s uncomfortable, unpleasant and we generally want it gone.
The thing is, yoga isn’t about making the bad stuff not happen, we’re still going to get buffeted and in some ways, the more we open up the more we get sensitive to the buffeting and it may indeed feel stronger. The invitation of yoga is that, far beyond our physical core strength there is an energetic core strength, a belief in the greatness of ourselves which is always there whether we choose to see it or not. Like a flower growing up through concrete, our inner goodness will find a way through anything. The practice of yoga is holding firm the light inside us always and working every day on and off the mat to stoke our own greatness, so that it may shine bright even in places of darkness.
A quote from John Friend via Sianna Sherman goes: True core strength is the ability to look deep inside and really see your own beauty.