When You Lose Heart

“The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. 
Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves.
This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering — yours, mine, and that of all beings”.

~ Pema Chodron, Taking the Leap

letting go in yin yoga

Reading these wise words I think of poses in yoga, especially Yin, where we lean in to the physical and emotional discomfort and embrace the sensations and thoughts that come up.

Surprisingly it is the poses of surrender and letting go, rather than strength building that can be the most challenging for us.

Our practice on the mat is a great metaphor for life. We learn to be present with whatever comes up and use our breath to lean into it. Accepting where we are in that moment.

Breathe into whatever is occurring …. knowing it will pass.

Let there be no blame, just presence on our mat and in life.

Namaste

21 thoughts on “When You Lose Heart

  1. I fought my PTSD and it gained power. Being strong seems to be the correct way to proceed.

    Later I found acceptance to be the path.

    Healing happened when I imagined my heart as a butterfly net. My job was to catch my fears, my thoughts, my judgments.

    No resistance is like surrendering to your fears.

    Your post is so true.

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  2. Accepting that I “might die” from my tumor (or from the surgery to remove it) allowed me to fully embrace the NOW and LIVE in the moment . . . since I knew that it was all that I could count on.

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  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing. One of the biggest blessings I’ve learned is that this too shall pass. Anything from something small like a bad cold or something bigger like grief, is easier to get through if you keep reminding yourself that the discomfort or pain will eventually ease and end. Looking forward to reading more of your insightful blogs!

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