The Perspective – Accepting the world around you at all stages #wellbeingwednesday
“By drawing our senses of perception inward, we are able to experience the control, silence, and quietness of the mind.” – BKS Iyengar
At first I was in disbelief at the risk I was putting myself into, or was it at my “city-folk-tourist” ignorance? I wasn’t quite sure. It all began when we bought the $40 aerosol can of what appeared to be a weightless and totally empty upon shaking. I perceived this can of bear spray as a total gimmick, yet I wasn’t about to hike through the Rockies without it. I was now prepared for the bears and the mountains, but I never imagined how my perspective would evolve and broaden with my climb.
Visual gravity contributes greatly to subjective perspective. It wasn’t until I had hiked six hours, along cliffs, over boulders, up root systems, in babbling brooks, streams, and through shallow rivers of glacial waters, I could see my pathway differently, both physically ahead and intellectually, in my mind. With clarity, I could see the small waterfalls increasingly become engulfing, overwhelming, and swallowing. I knew if I looked down gravity would have to be defied to feel empowered. But the perspective when I turned my head towards the sky was awe inspiring, uplifting and required some meditative commitment and focus. To my surprise, I conquered Bow Falls and felt my inner Warrior explode, as it seemed to reach the moon.
The term Abhijna, in Sanskrit means direct perspective. When I hiked the same trail again a few days later, I realized how vastly different the surroundings, tides…currents…winds…and views, had become. My perspective shifted quickly from loss to gain, from defeat to sanction, from disappointment to inspiration. Perspective is an attitude that is meant to be massaged, questioned, and changed. I no longer feared the all mighty bear; I conquered my sadness for the melting glaciers, and I felt more alive with new hopes and passions budding.
It was the mountain range and her feverishly melting glacier that reminded me how inevitably things are altered. It was impossible for me to be with Mother Nature and not notice how she is capable of changing her own landscape in such a short time and adapting. I am indebted to her greatness that brings the same awareness to my life perspective too, so I can reshape and find new hope and passion. Yoga is a practice of self-awareness that teaches us how to transform, face fear, and embrace change.
Sam Bederman: Certified Yoga Instructor, (CYA-RYT) and Iyengar trained, uses Yoga to assist with healing injuries, aiding in recovery from surgeries, managing chronic and degenerative issues, and as a preventative measure to increase stability and mobility for overall well-being. Sam is a mother of 2 kids, two dogs and the founder of Yogabodii. Visit: yogabodii.com