Walk The Line: A lesson in Balance

by Rene Hawthorne | February 10, 2018 6:24 pm

Walk The Line. (idiomatic) To maintain an intermediate position between contrasting choices and opinions. Balance.

“A person has three choices in life. You can swim against the tide and get exhausted, or you can tread water and let the tide sweep you away, or you can swim with the tide, and let it take you where it wants you to go.” ~Diane Frolov

There is a fine line between letting go and holding on. Lately I have been walking that line as I watch my teenage children grow into young adults. My son is about to enter high school and my daughter just started driving. This brings up a lot of emotion for me from worry to elation but mostly what I have noticed experiencing is the tender heart strings being pulled as my birds prepare to leave the nest. We have all experienced this in some way or another. That feeling of grasping to hold on to something whether it’s your child growing up, your beloved pet passing or your career taking an unexpected turn, it’s a time of change. Change is often unexpected and with it the choice of letting go or holding on.

Letting go of our need for control opens us up to the wonders that exist in what comes next in our lives. Once we realize that we can never be in charge of the future and that by holding onto the past will hold us and others back, it will become much easier to fully engage in what we are doing in the present. When we practice this on the mat we start to open in unexpected places, our balance is solidified, our strength is pronounced and our flexibility is extended. Letting go in a yoga pose will allow you to fully feel the pose within the body and within the self. Once that connection is established, you will want to grow and push forward whenever life brings you change.

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.

 

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