IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

Practice, and Surrender?

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

We talk a lot about "surrender" in yoga.  Next time you're in class count how many times one of us instructs you to "let go."  (Just don't tell any of my instructors that I said so...ok?)
Does it ever feel more like the picture above (from a scene in the classic, "The Wizard of Oz") than the picture below when you really TRY to let go of something?  We're supposed to feel being on the white sands near the ocean without any heavy thoughts holding us down.  Yet, living in our modern world with everyday demands and stressors can leave us feeling more like we should run and hide.  

I know.  I have those moments and those days too. 

But, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali give some direction in the principles of Kriya Yoga:

"Within this practice we orient our attitudes toward the discernment (swadhyaya) to distinguish the things we can change (tapah) from the things we cannot change (isvara pranidhana.)"  -excerpt from the Introduction of "Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition," written by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews.

Sounds a lot like The Serenity Prayer, doesn't it?  
That's something most of us are more familiar with, which makes it easier to relate to.  
The short version goes something like, "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."  In essence, we are to give it to God...that which we cannot change or control we can release ourselves from by simply giving it to the Universe (Creative Source, the Divine...however you relate to that energy, no matter what you call's all the same.)

Still, the white beaches WOULD be nice...but January here in the Midwest can serve as a backdrop to my inner bliss.  It just takes practice.  (lots, and lots, and lots and LOTS of daily practice) where is my broomstick? 

Recent Posts


Wild Horses Steel and Stone Transformation Hatha Chronic Depression Mindfulness Righteous Babe Thorns Disapproving Cat Yin and Yang 504 purnam "I am not my body" Resolutions Patanjali Tapah Cardio Suffering Cancer Satchidananda Roses Creation Flawed Prakriti Equanimity Hot Yoga Sacred Pain Carole King Mama Diagnosis meditation True Self High Functioning Autism 5 Principles of Reiki Yoga Sutras Aversion Full Wolf Moon Awareness Running Isvara Pranidhana Human Nature Breathing Discernment Dr Usui Loving-kindness School Agers Breathe Attachment YTT IndigoGrrl chaos Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Goals Shelf-life Unity Roseanna Cash Gratitude Heart Chronic pain Namaste Ani DiFranco Babies Birth Story Upward Facing Dog Einstein Kindness Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah Priorities Diabetes Consciousness the Mind Human Existence Universal Love Wizard of Oz Change Honesty Yoga Keen Awareness Christmas Programs Divinity Wisdom Intentions Introspection Energy Goddess Political Yoga Journal Inner-light of Awareness Reiki Non-reactiveness Richard Freeman Sensory Issues Purusha Buildings and Bridges Running Wild Ken Wilbur Light Swadhyaha Integrity Sensory Processing Disorders Unconditional Love Stroke Whole Health Leslie Kaminoff Grief Creative Source Self-control Peace Compassion Organic Body Suit Fabulous Expire Surrender Nature Kriya Yoga Just for Today Practice We Are One The Universe Essence Grace of God Liberation Acceptance Courage Subtle Energy Natural Childbirth Birth Weight loss Being Human YouTube Apathy Drug-free Birthing Lifestyle Changes Birthing hurricane Observation Pull and Push Truth Flexibility Prenatal Yoga Personal Love radiance, yoga Moms aging changes Out of Range God Be Love