Chapter 1: Waking Up Is Hard To Do
WHAT’S YOUR STORY???
I absolutely love returning to this book, Yoga and the Quest for True Self, after maintaining a daily yoga practice for the last four years. What stands out to me in the first chapter of this book is the fact that, we all have a story. Every single person walking around has their own unique story that affects everything they say and do. I believe at times we are unconscious of this fact in our interactions with those we come in contact with. I was reminded when reading this of how I can potentially be more aware and compassionate with people knowing that we all have our own unique histories.
My own personal story, just like the characters in the book, is what got me to my yoga mat. I always wonder if I found yoga or did yoga find me? I still can’t answer that question but I am full of gratitude for however it happened. My living the rat race came to a head and I quit my job and decided to spend more time with my children. At that time, I found yoga or it found me and it absolutely transformed and continues to transform my life every day. Recently a student of mine asked me, “When is this yoga thing going to start working and everything in my life will become perfect?” Don’t we all wish there was something out there that would do this? Obviously so because most of take something, drink something, obsess about something, all in hopes that it will take us away from ourselves. The truth is that the secret lies within yourself so you must find a means to connect to the quiet space inside…for me it was yoga, for you, it may be something different. As Cope says in Chapter 1, “Many of us found that it was in the quiet moments of life that we picked up the thread of an altogether new sense of realness.” The truth of the matter is that there is no “perfect” and sometimes what we hear and see in the quiet moments is actually pretty dark. Our job is to start to realize and remember that behind this darkness is amazing light and unbelievable freedom.
“You have not grown old, and it’s not too late to dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out its own secret.” – Rainer Maria Rilke