WELCOME AND BREATHE INTO SUPPORT

Today notice the sources outside yourself that actually enhance and strengthen who you are in this great big world.
 
I’ve spent a lot of my life alone and independent by choice. Doing it all by myself, muscling through a project, not asking for help, needing no one by my side, wrestling and grappling alone. I had a very powerful limiting belief that not needing support or help or asking for support or help meant I was strong, capable, knowledgeable and even to some extent invincible.  Recently during my yoga practice my story changed in an instant. I was of the mindset I didn’t need props so my practice was prop free. I believed I was strong enough, limber enough, and good enough to do it alone, powering through pose after pose without them. I purchased a set of props for my home studio so that I could learn to use the tools for my students. Two blocks, a blanket, a bolster and a strap found their way into my life. I was a yogi living large!
 
Early one morning my intention was set, I would use a prop wherever I could regardless of how well practiced I was. Block in hand I nestled it up against the inside of my front foot. With precision I placed my hand on the block and began to open into side angle pose. Both arm and leg pressed firmly against one another. Immediately I noticed a new feeling of effortlessness as I twisted and opened my upper body toward the side of my mat. The block offered strength and stability in my body in a way I had not felt before. Heart space sweeping into full expression open and exposed yet safe and strong and sure. An inner confidence began to build. My side body lengthening with every nourishing breath as my upper arm guided the way and held the opening. My breath remained steady and full. Gazing up to the sky an excitement stirred within me. I was completely delighted with this newfound strength I felt in a pose I had done so many times before sometimes labored and awkward and suffering. This time my posture was deeper, more comfortable and even filled with great ease. In an instant I transitioned from one belief to another. As my perspective shifted a new self-awareness was born and my belief about going it alone slowly slipped away. I recognized that in order to gain freedom, sovereignty and even liberation one must begin with a prop, with support. It is then that understanding is enhanced and the fullest expressions life has to offer are sweetly exposed. Once again the tiny rectangular world of my red yoga mat forever transformed the vast infinite world all around me. I encourage you to find your block, your bolster and perhaps a strap on your life’s journey. Welcome and breathe into the support, the benefit and the nourishment they will most probably bring and know a newness and great gift will be gently revealed surely enriching your life’s journey forever more.
 
Today notice the sources outside yourself that actually enhance and strengthen who you are in this great big world.

Laurien Hamilton