New YEAR, NEW YOU!!!
Or if you’re like me, “SAME SHIT, DIFFERENT DAY”.
What’s your story?
In some ways it actually doesn’t matter what your story is. The point is that we all have them. A story. A way to make sense of it all.
I’m reading this book call “Waking” by Matthew Sanford an autobiography of a yoga teacher. But he isn’t just any ordinary yoga teacher. When he was 13 he and his family were in a terrible car accident and although he survived- he was paralyzed from the mid torso down.
In the book he talks about how he coped through the most traumatic event of his life:
“It may seem that the car accident has led me to question fate, to wonder about destiny. Of course it has, but my interest is one of identity, both as a family and as an individual. What is identity in the face of radical disruption. Who was i? Who am i? Who will i be? Truthful answers to these questions often take years and years to realize. This is true whether there is fate or whether there is a plan. To answer such questions we need healing stories."
"Healing trauma requires opening ones life to interpretation. Creating a personal mythology to guide perception, and forging a set of healing stories that create or maintain a sense of identity.”
Healing stories are a way for us to turn the page, to close the book or to end the chapter. All of these are ways to help us move on. To make a connection. This is what yoga is all about. Growing. Evolving. Connecting the dots. Finding meaning. All of which bring us closer to understanding “Who am I?”.
The word yoga comes from the word YUJ meaning to yoke. The place where two things meet. The point of connection.
Stories can help us but they can also hurt us. An excuse, a reasoning, a justification – these are all ways we disconnect. To stay in one place. So we have to ask ourselves, “Is this story helping me to grow and heal? Or is it holding me back?