I recently went through some major changes in my personal life that had taken a toll on my health. However, having the tools of yoga, meditation, and other resources like yoga therapy, psychotherapy, support groups, eating healthy home-made meals, staying in touch with close friends, etc. have helped tremendously in navigating the inevitable waves of change in the human existence.
One of the major propellers in getting my health back on track has been the ability to find laughter even in the midst of the most challenging days. That’s a skill my parents taught me, and although I often forget to use it, it comes in very handy in turbulent times like this.
Yesterday, I heard this quote from one of my favorite Buddhist authors: Pema Chödrön, she is one of the most resilient and wise women I know, I look up to her often. This quote came to me at a perfect time and wanted to share:
“When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for this is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.” ~Pema Chödrön
There’s something auspicious about winter hikes; this one was indeed a memorable one. Gusty winds, freezing cold yet, there was a ray of warm sunshine reminding me of the contrast of it all. What a reset!! Grateful for the amazing friends I get to share this awesome adventures with. Ain’t life grand?
Picture credit: @christinhealey