Short reflections on lessons from my life experience.
“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.”
-Henry Ward Beecher
Like a toddler learning to walk, seek balance in life and laugh it off when you fail and fall.
I remember when I first was learning how to do handstands as a child in gymnastics class. My aunt Linda gave us squishy mats with triangles taped on them to give us guidelines of where to put our hands and head. Though she’s a wonderfully patient and creative teacher, stacking my knees onto the backs of my arms seemed terrifying. I remember trembling up those first baby steps of headstand and barely being able to breath once I was cocooned into a tripod. Shooting my legs up seemed about as realistic as me flying to the moon. Still, I would try it and tumble toward my classmates or kick my aunt in the face.
Regardless of how reckless and ridiculous I was, I was determined to stand on my head! We’d work on them a little every week and every week, I’d crumble and crash as my core was quivering. Slowly but surely, I got higher and higher and eventually my legs made it up above my head. This was such a high (for about 2 seconds)! Then, my balance would break and I’d roll on my back.
Now, I can easily lift myself into headstand about as easily as I can stand up out of bed. When I want, I can sit (or I suppose “stand”) in handstand for a few minutes at a time. It’s so natural from all the years of teaching my body how to balance that most days I take it for granted.
Isn’t this just like life? Isn’t life a constant lesson of trying to raise up to a new level while our weak and unstable mindset causes us to fall back to our old habits? Do you believe in yourself enough to keep trying? Have you felt that first balanced moment yet where it all comes together and makes sense even for a split second? What do you feel your future you will thank you for continuing to practice even though it’s frustrating and farfetched at the present moment?
Tripod Headstand – Sirsasana II
📍Location: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve