Friday, December 20, 2013

Intense Stretch to the West

In yoga class the other day, I was feeling extremely irritable, and then the teacher taught my least favorite pose: paschimottanasana, also known as "intense stretch to the West" or "...of the West;" whatever it is, it gives the West a bad name. When we got into the pose she said, "Wherever you are is where you're meant to be, so drop your head and be grateful." I wanted to be pissed at her, really I did, but despite myself, I was reminded of another one of my favorite prayers from A Course in Miracles that says, "I am determined to see things differently." And pretty much, I melted.

I can't tell you how much that prayer has helped me. It has helped me the most in situations in life or stories in my head that I think about often (read: all the time). Give seeing something differently a try, or if you want to get really crazy, see that something from the other person's point of view.

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