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Monthly Inspiration: July 2016

Born To Fly

By Jessica Bellofatto

"When you have come to the edge of all the light you know
and are about to drop off into the darkness of the Unknown,
Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen,
There will be solid ground to stand on,
Or you will be taught to Fly."

Patrick Overton

This quote has been up on my bulletin board for the past 6 or so years... I can’t remember when I first came across it but I do remember needing to read it at exactly that time in my life. Although it seems that every time I read it, it is exactly the right time. How often are we asked in our lives to move out of our comfort zones and into uncharted territory? How often are we pushed, perhaps even forced, to literally leap into the unknown? As much as we would like to fool ourselves into believing otherwise, life is very much a journey from the known into the unknown, which then becomes the known and so on and so on... Nothing remains the same, everything is changing and shifting and transforming from moment to moment to moment (“the only constant is change, said Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher (and that was in the time of 535-473 BC!!)) We can either resist this, or we can embrace it, and the embracing of it then moves us towards our OWN transformation, our own growth, our own evolution.

The practice of Yoga teaches us about change and movement. We transition from pose to pose, from breath to breath, from the first time we reach our arms over our heads in a sun salutation to the dropping of our bodies, minds, and hearts into the deep release of Savasana. The practice also teaches us about faith. We are often inviting our bodies into shapes and poses that are completely foreign, completely unfamiliar, and perhaps also completely terrifying, but we do so in the most patient and loving way, and we do so with this cultivation of faith that we are capable, that we can be both amazingly strong and completely soft and receptive at the same time, and that yes, the universe will support our efforts…will hold us up, will carry us forward, will support our growth. As we know, the physical practice is simply an outer reflection of the deeper practices. No matter whether we can stand on our hands in crow pose or not, but the willingness to try, to not allow ourselves to be limited by notions of age, gender, and other mental constructs is all that truly matters.

There have been so many times in my life when I have needed to call upon my own faith to trust that everything would turn out OK. There have been countless times in which I have thanked my yoga practice for giving me the fortitude to stay the course even when I had no idea where the light at the end of the tunnel was. Rumi tells us- “You have wings. So learn to use them and FLY.” In that spirit, this month at KamaDeva Yoga we will explore all types of arm balances, which are not only deeply empowering, but also require a level of trust and faith that can truly shift us in ways we may not have expected. May we all find our wings, and fly as we were born to.

"You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly."


" You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with WINGS. You were not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. So learn to use them and fly."


Rumi

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