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Ungrip the grip

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is quieting the mind.

Life is in a perpetual state of change. In fact, the only thing that IS constant is the reality that everything is changing. Some changes are easy, uncomplicated, and maybe even welcomed with excitement. However, it's easy to dig our heels in deep and hold our ground when we bump up against the kinds of change that are unexpected or the ones that challenge our long-held preferences or beliefs.

These less-than-comfortable fluctuations are the ways in which Life continually invites us to examine how we are making unconscious choices and then alter those habitual patterns in a way that awakens and enlivens us.

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will hold onto.

Your yoga practice is the perfect arena to explore "ungripping the grip" on static thinking. As your body changes, so will your practice. You will go through a process of learning and unlearning over and over again throughout the entirety of your lifetime.

Look for the ways you may be able to free yourself from the chains of "sleepwalking" on your mat and that feeling of simply going through the motions. Place yourself in a different spot in the practice space. Sit with the opposite leg crossed in front for meditation. Step back or forward with the leg that feels less natural. Challenge yourself to try something new and create new sensation in your body. Practice a softer approach when you find yourself mired in a more vigorous asana practice. Notice the subtle attachments you cling to and the ways in which they show up on your mat.

You can only lose what you cling to.

Yoga is life. And life is in a perpetual state of change. Free yourself from the unyielding grip of "what has always been" and move into the energetic flow of life with ease and grace and a greater sense of well-being.


Lisa and Kevin McCormack

Owners of Black Cat Yoga

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