This past week was the fall equinox. Every year I use the same intention. It is one of my flavor faves. Two things after the blog drop: a sick playlist from last week and a video recapping our Equinox class at Modo Yoga Minneapolis.
I asked the leaf whether it was scared becasue it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was very alive. I worked hard and helped nourish the tree, and much of me is in the tree.
Please do not say that I am just this form, because this leaf form is only a tiny part of me. I am the whole tree. I know that I am already inside the tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.
- Thich Nhat Hanh, "The Heart of Understanding"
ON THE MAT
This is practice today. To let our leaves fall of us and nourish the soil we root in. Each bead of sweat, let it drip off you, cleanse you and the release can nourish us and give us a place to grow again. It is a change of season. Today lets deliberately be a part of that change and not cling to a single leaf. Let's not cling to a single idea. Let's not cling to a single storyline.
In our #ModoFlow practice we have many opportunities to let this falling take place. In forward fold, Inhale half lift, lengthen spin. Exhale, the leaves fall, let it go.
OFF THE MAT
In our daily life off the mat we have a love hate relationship with change. When we fall in love and everything is fresh & vibrant we don't want it to change. When we are sick, things can't change fast enough. We want to feel better right away.
This powerful story that Thich Nhat Hahn shares helps us understand that change is beautiful. He's pointing to nature to help us understand that clinging to our leaves only creates more suffering. Each leaf needs to fall so the tree can gain new strength. So it can begin again.
Begin again; we can do this everyday. The question is what do you cling to? Do you you cling to 'how you want it to be?' Do you cling to pleasure?
Another way to ask the question is what leaves do you need to let fall?
Every experience, weather you label them good or bad is already a part of us. But when we let the leaves fall, when we release the clinging we allow for new experiences to blossom. We don't get stuck. We move forward.