As the year comes to a close, I sit on my mat between poses wondering what will come next.
It’s an impossible question to answer, I know, yet as I move from pose to pose I keep wondering.
What new poses will I learn? Who will enter my life unexpectedly and become a friend, and who will leave it without saying goodbye?
How will my life change in the months ahead? What new books will I read? What new words will I add to my journals?
Who will be my teacher? And will he or she be able to help me grow as a yogi and as a human being, expanding into a new version of myself?
As the year comes to a close, I shut my eyes in Savasana and gather in my mind all the teachers who helped me reach this stage in my practice.
Their faces hover near mine, their voices whispering in my ear, encouraging me to have faith in a future that I can’t yet see.
They urge me to explore new poses, new ways of being, and inspire me to push a little farther past where I think I can go.
They tell me to keep practicing, to listen to my own voice, and to become my own teacher.
Without their support, I doubt I’d have been able to come to the mat after surgery earlier this year with the same enthusiasm, curiosity, and wonder that I felt before the surgery.
With their help, I learned how to recognize little miracles: how when I fall out of a pose, I can enjoy falling; how when I bend forward without reaching my toes, I can take pleasure in the experience of bending forward; and how when I sit and breathe, I can release my breath and watch it return, and remember the miracle of life.
As the year comes to a close, I realize no one can know what comes next. But we can offer heartfelt thanks to our teachers for encouraging us to keep looking for miracles.
I hope you’ll discover miracles on your mat and in your life at this season and throughout the year.
Practice Journal: What miracles have your teachers taught you to look for in your life? Write: 10 min.