“As fear is close companion to falsehood, so truth follows fearlessness.”
— Jawaharlar Nehru
A conversation about handstand a year ago would have consisted of a long list of excuses of why I could not do them.
I am too flexible
My shoulders are too weak
I am too scared
blah, blah, blah..
We can call them ‘obstacles’ or ‘excuses’, but we all have them.
Obstacles are put in our path so that we can to grow. Its our job to show up on our mats and in our lives and face our fears breath by breath, day by day.
I wrote earlier about how I finally achieved a Handstand away from the wall and today I am writing to celebrate falling out of a Handstand.
Falling you say?
My good friend and yoga teacher Krista Cahill (pictured above with husband Brock Cahill who is also a yoga teacher here in Santa Monica at Yogis Anonymous) Took me through falling out of Handstand guiding me step by step. I knew that only after I could fall seamlessly in any direction would I feel completely at ease. (Think about this, not being at ease is called disease,..that is what happens when we hold on to fear)
Falling gracefully is even more liberating than Handstand itself (although not as impressive a party trick mind you) as it gives you a kind of fearlessness that is beyond it. Beyond Handstand or any ‘yoga trick’. Learning to fall is about facing your fears and learning from them. It’s about improving the way you deal with the obstacles in your life. It’s about not just squeezing your eyes shut and praying for it to be over.
It’s about looking your fear right in the eyeball for a good ‘ol fashion stare down (think Clint Eastwood)
Okay, maybe not quite like that, but you get the idea…
When you know that you are safe, supported and capable, fear itself is obliterated.
Strength, support, knowledge, and experience these are the tools in the yogis tool box. These are what chases the fear out of its hiding places in our hearts and in our minds.