Unravelling...

Have you noticed that life is actually a practice in the unravelling of knots? This may be a simple thing for a fisherman, or a weaver, skilled in knot-tying. But not so simple for the rest of us. 

As a species, we tend to get ourselves tied up into one knot, after another, after another. Stress, injury, emotional dilemma, traffic, national tragedy...large or small, these things tie our bodies, our minds and our hearts up into convoluted contractions that are slow to dissolve. 

Ironically, the process of twisting ourselves (albeit mindfully) further into something that feels like a knot, can help to dissolve the tied-up tension in our minds and our bodies. Twists wring us out. They are great for the back and the spine. They get our blood moving, our energy going and they help our digestion. Twists build core strength and...they teach us something very important about the tying and untying of knots: In order to twist fully and deeply, we must go slowly. We need our breath. And before we start to revolve into our twist, we must find length upward. 

When faced with difficulty, my first instinct is to react...strongly! At first, I want to yank, pull, push, work...harder and harder...to get it resolved.  And yet, by yanking on a knot, we only make it more, well...knottier.  Hmm....

See you all on the mat this week where we'll be twisting and turning to unravel tension in our hips, backs, shoulders, hearts and minds...