The end is where we start from
‘What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.’
This quote initiating my first taught class of 2016 led us to contemplate how we might write the next chapter of our lives if we’re still reading, writing and editing the last. What parts of our story are ending, can end and which are just beginning?
With a trauma-informed approach to yoga orienting to the present involves sharpening the senses and noticing what contributes to the moment that we’re in. Whether it’s the sight of the sun beams, or the smell of fresh air slipping through a drafty window. It could be the sound of my voice, or the left over taste of just brushed teeth. One is observing, noticing, curious about the experience of the moment. Our heartaches like a broken pencil, we begin to acknowledge our pains, sharpen both ends and courageously write our way to healing one word at a time. Maybe experiencing the present erases the habit to write untruths. Honestly experiencing the support of the ground, perhaps we poetically remember the oneness between body and mind, and reclaim power to write our truest story.
With practice sharpening our senses, we may begin a new year composting the shavings of last years writing. The pencil may be shorter or in two yet might we write with more length and depth the details of what we see, hear, smell, taste and touch. If this presence can fill pages, then perhaps it can fill hearts.