Powerful pose was one of my least favorite poses until about a year ago - when I realized its power.
I was brainstorming about imagery, metaphorical meanings, and energetic flow of postures when I had one of those epic light-bulb moments. I always thought powerful pose lacked elegance. I didn't think it was pretty or comfortable, so I never gave it much respect until I realized how similar the stance is to the a position I practiced moving through millions of times as a child. Powerful pose is the "potential energy position" right before jumping into a back-hand-spring. If I'm being honest, it's the "potential energy pose" right before I would jump backwards onto my head and sort of flail-bounce to my knees or feet. ;)
Powerful pose is a manifestation of energy. Feet fully grounded to the biofield of the Earth, legs full of strength (and building strength), heart center and open palms reaching upwards, and the gaze fixed on the infinite possibilities of the universe.
This posture has become an inspiration for me... a place to decidedly reinforce positive pathways in my mind and body, and let my qi flow freely. I'm on a precipice right now. I'm about to jump into the life I've always wanted. I'm about to jump into my Self. And I'm scared.
You see, I'm realizing how often I sell myself short. I've been mentally cock-blocking my greatest potential for several years now. Deep down it's hard to believe that my most innate qualities are exactly what I'm meant to share. How can it be that simple? It has to be harder than just following my heart, right? Why do we tend to discount our greatest gifts? When does humility become insecurity? When do we start hiding behind self imposed stipulations based on fear?
Don't I have to be ten other things first? If I prove myself in these ten other ways, then I'll feel confident to step forward...
When my house is clean, I'll be ready.
When I lose 10 pounds, I'll be confident.
When I get my PhD, I'll be worth hearing.
When I am perfect, life will fall into place.
When the door opens for me, I'll close this door I'm standing in...
I think I'm not alone in this battle, and that's what I'm loving about Utkatasana right now. Sometimes you have to step back and honor the strength, power, and potential you've already developed, while decidedly opening yourself energetically and emotionally to the unknown - to the current moment that so quickly becomes magnificent future.
I will never be ready. I will never be perfect. My house will never stay clean. Documents are not proof of, or standardized measure intelligence and human worth. Doorways are only for standing in if there's an earthquake.
Now is the time to jump forward. Who's coming? Identify? Tell me about it in the comments! :)
Here's a list of some of my favorite quotes that always light me up:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”-Anais Nin
"Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we are already, and become it." -Steven Pressfield
"Yoga is not about touching your toes. It's about unlocking your ideas about what you want, where you think you can go, and what you will achieve when you get there." -Cyndi Lee
“You are nature. You are already perfect, peaceful, and powerful. You don’t need to become anything. You simply need to remember yourself.”― Vironika Tugaleva
"Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” -Danielle Laporte
"If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” -John Lennon
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”― Cynthia Occelli
"If you can change your mind, you can change the world. Before you can be creative you must be courageous. Creativity is the destination, but courage is the journey." -Joey Reiman
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything." -Thich Nhat Hanh
"If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud." -Emile Zola
"The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style." -Fred Astaire
“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories... water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.”―Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés,
Thanks for reading! What are you jumping for? Make powerful choices. :)