As I write this, the United States waits with bated breath for the results of the presidential election. The world is watching.
Stress, tension, anxiety . . . These feelings have taken on a new dimension and meaning for me, and for many others as well. And if I hear the words “unprecedented” and “consequential” again, I may lash out irrationally (le sigh).
As I wait, and distract myself with the new L.L. Bean Holiday 2020 mega catalog and another decaf pumpkin spice cappuccino, I remind myself of an aspect of yoga practice: Sitting with discomfort.
In any given yoga practice, an asana may not land well in my body. I am a novice, I am stiff, I am resisting. Random thoughts and emotions may bubble up, seemingly out of nowhere, and catch me by surprise in the middle of a vinyasa. I become uncomfortable, physically and mentally, and I want to get out of the pose as quickly as possible.
But sitting with the discomfort, challenging myself be patient through the pose, resisting the desire to flee deepens the yoga moment. It builds resilience. I am different person in the span of seconds. I grow. I realize I can wait 30 seconds, or 2 minutes, or…
Days. Can I wait for days for this election result? Yes. Do I want to? No. But I can sit with the discomfort, anxiety, dread, and anticipation. I can accept this moment for what it is: one of uncertainty, of in-between, before I move on to the next pose. I will be a different person. We will be a different nation.
We must sit with the discomfort, and come out stronger on the other side. We can wait. We got this.
How are you holding up this week?
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À votre santé,