Man was made for joy and woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Thro’ the world we safely go.
Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.”
~ William Blake, Auguries of innocence
The Joys & Woes of the 8 limbs of Yoga came to me in what I have come to know as a 'flow state.' In this flow state, there is no insisting or trying. There is a sweet spot of surrender in which energy and life simply flow. I envision this state like a beautiful river, easily moving downstream. How is our life like this river? Are we resisting the nuances of ease, or are we settling in for a ride down stream? Yoga continually reminds me to go with the flow.
I notice that Yoga has not only become a way of physically moving my body, it has also become a way in which I can access a much greater connection to a universal compassion, joy, and kindness. Yoga has softened the rough edges of my emotions, and yoga has also invited me to develop a much deeper relationship with the divine. Yoga continually inspires me to notice the joys and woes and how each seeks to know truth from the other.
May You Sweetly Seek:)