Caption this 😳🙈 Wish I knew what I was saying! Hahah but OH HEYYYY 👋🏼 Monday morning endorphins! 😍 I sure did miss you over the weekend. Nothing quite like a living room dance party to get you pumped for your 5am workout. 😜
Sitting with eyes closed, or standing in postures and breathing, can take a bit of faith that what we’re doing will change us and bring us closer to health.
Faith is discussed in yogic and Buddhist texts as #shraddha (the Pali term is spelled “saddha”). These terms are translated as not only “faith” but also “confidence” and “conviction.” The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali explain that “practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.” Swami Satchidananda further encourages (and chides) us: “let us not be like little children who sow a seed today and dig it up tomorrow to see how much the root went down.” Faith and practice move together. As we practice regularly, we begin to observe progress. Meditation gets a little bit less fidgety and more helpful to create spaciousness around uncomfortable thoughts. We become ever so slightly less reactive with a tricky moment or relationship. That challenging yoga posture is finally mastered after weeks, months or maybe years of working towards it.
Have the kind of faith that is not a blind trust, but rather a confidence in your own ability to discern within yourself what truly works and what doesn’t. Have the kind of faith that does include a measure of patience that whatever you’re practicing, be it a seated meditation or a very physical yoga practice, may not reveal its effectiveness immediately. Plant the seed and keep watering it, giving it space and time and room to grow.
Trust in the idea of taking the long view. Things may be challenging in your life, or horrifyingly ridiculous in current events, but if we can expand our understanding to take in the possibility that our shadows (individual or collective) need to be understood before they can shift, perhaps things will make more sense. We can have faith in our personal and collective healing process, that sometimes it has to feel worse before it heals fully.
Have the kind of faith that allows events to unfold just as they will. Have the kind of faith that allows you to flow and unfold and become just what you will, with time, with practice. 💛🙏✨