Does the mere thought of a challenge make your heart beat faster with excitement, do you feel your vitality get big and get ready to rise up with a giant "hell ya"? Or, do you begin to shrink back, to feel slightly smaller, doubtful, scared, unworthy, as a sense of "who am I to rise up" creeps in?
Neither is right or wrong, both experiences and perspectives have something to teach us and show us. In fact, Yoga asks that we embody both. Yoga asks that we stand up in all of our experiences, in each of our moments in such a way that says "I'm all in" - body, mind, heart and soul, all on board to rise up. But so easily that can turn from standing up in our moments to standing up to our moments. Subconsciously our ego tends to take over our efforts and our highest intentions shift from integration to domination. And so we have to do our best to rise up and stand strong, but we have to remember to stay magnificently humble, radically open and infinitely kind - without shrinking back. That is the dance. To be in with clarity 100% (to behave like free spirits). Then to lean in with softness 100% more (to be in the presence of fate). And through our ability to rise up and be kind; to stand clear and remain open; to be strong and be humble; to be courageous and compassionate; to be dedicated and detached, to give it all you've got and then let it all go - this is how we tap strength undefeatable, this is how we flow with infinite grace.