"We delight in the beauty of the butterful, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty" Maya Angelou
My 4 yr old daughter, who after learning about the metamorphosis process a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly has decided that every day should be a butterfly hunt. So her and I spend hours searching parks and watching flowers for these mystical insects.
Along this playful journey, it's had me contemplating metamorphosis and what that means to me. To transform, to change.
I've had a few transformations in my life and when I reflect back on them I see that within each metamorphosis I went through a struggle or a time of pain/challenge. The darkest moment was usually my breaking point for when I made a choice and then the path to peace was revealed. Yet, when people meet me and point out how happy and content I seem, I don't mention all the pain I've had to go through to be where I am today.
Now, I assume YOU have had similar experiences. Maybe even just in your yoga class. You see someone else doing a headstand in class. So beautiful, so graceful. You then try and it's not even close to what you just witnessed. Maybe you fall, or stop in place as the fear of the inversion takes president. Then you commit to practicing your headstand till you get it. You get a book on yoga. You ask your teachers after class, you take the art off of a wall at home so you can practice every day. You continue to fall, to struggle, to get frustrated and question why. Then one day (maybe years later) you attempt your headstand and then it HAPPENS. You go up gracefully with ease and you hold there for awhile experiencing a full rush of excitement and satisfaction. You did it!!!! You will now, never forget that moment in time. The day you first "stuck" your headstand.
What I hope to inspire you to remember is the journey leading up to that conquering moment. All that you learned about yourself and the practice. The pain & struggles, along with the joy and triumph. For without the dark moments we can't truly experience the light.
From my heart to yours,