A few days ago, one of our regular practitioners sends a text message. “Something very unusual happened to me today.” I ask her what it is. “I was standing in Samasthiti (standing with equal, steady, and still attention) during my practice this morning and I felt it so deeply that I could just stand there for an hour,” she replies. I smile. It reminded me of this passage I read a few days ago:
“That’s the thing with time, isn’t it? It’s not all the same. Some days, some years, some decades, are empty. There is nothing to them. It’s just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. It is the whole thing.”
Yoga can be like that. You practice for weeks and sometimes it's just flat water. Then, one morning while practicing, you feel your many inner parts coalescing. You feel deeply still and full of potential at the same time. Like a river. In this moment, you “know” you have accessed your best self. Intelligent. Compassionate. Alive. I guess that’s what our dedicated practitioner and friend was experiencing. And that’s the hidden advantage of sticking to your practice, like she has. You unlock inner wells you can draw from later. An inner expansion.