Right on the spot, through practice, we can get very familiar with the barriers that we put up around our hearts and around our whole being. We can become intimate with just how we hide out, doze off, freeze up. And that intimacy, coming to know these barriers so well, is what begins to dismantle them. Amazingly, when we give them our full attention they start to fall apart.
- Pema Chodron - “Practicing Peace In Times of War"
Pema goes strong on this one. But here's the thing, it's easier then done. Always is isn't it? Doesn't mean we shouldn't do it.
In Yoga practice we looked at this intention from a place of our postures. As we move through a Modo Practice, it's easy to 'doze off' in some poses. Especially ones we struggle with. I personally face this sometimes with Powerful Pose. Or when it's a challenging pose like Crow in Modo flow, it's easy to 'freeze up' not wanting to fall on our head. Or when we think we aren't very good 'hide out' in the back row. Then there is our mind. Our thoughts can be our biggest barrier in practice. So today in class we worked on meeting our barriers with intimacy, we worked on letting them fall apart. It was really beautiful to be a part of.
Here is the awesome thing Pema reminds us of, "Right on the spot, THROUGH PRACTICE..." This work we do on the mat, has such a powerful way to permeate to our life off the mat. We've practiced it (on the mat), we know we can get more intimate with our barriers. Now we take the same step forward off the mat. When we 'avoid' tough things in our life the obstacles tend to get bigger. When we take a intimate step forward toward the obstacle it instantly becomes a stepping stone.