My young yoga teacher is wise beyond her years. Yesterday afternoon she started our class by reminding us that we have everything we need and we need everything we have. And by remembering this we open to grace, one of the 5 principles of Anusara yoga.
I’m intrigued by this concept. Obviously this is not about material possessions, since I certainly don’t have the underwear I’m going to need to buy in 10 years and I don’t have the food I’m going to eat tomorrow. But rather it must be about what’s in our heads and hearts and bodies.
It asks us to look inside and take inventory to see how best to use what’s there. We may find the baggage from a relationship gone awry, but that too contributed to who we are. We may find the scars from from an accident, but they remind us that the body can heal. We may find a surplus of love that has never been spoken. We may find untapped strength. Who knows?
Whatever we find will be as unique to us as our fingerprints are. It is our raw material to inform how we live right now.
I associate opening to grace with the asanas of my yoga practice. When in fact, it can be extended to embracing life off the mat as well.