Posted by: Bruce Black | May 1, 2016

Finding Tranquility in Tree Pose

Have you noticed

the variety of trees—

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trees that sway and bend,

straight trees,

misshapen trees,

trees with branches

tied in knots,

trees with limbs

as bare and white

as the bones of ghosts?

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Tall trees,

short trees,

thick trees,

slim trees,

mighty oaks,

royal palms,

long leaf pines,

sycamores,

elms,

just to name a few.

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What tree, I wonder,

will you be today

when you lift your leg

off the ground

to balance

in Tree pose?

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And will imagining

a tree

in your head

change your pose

on your mat?

And how will

your pose—

imagining

a tree—

change you?

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Each of us is

a different tree

at different times

of our life—

weeping willow,

birch,

sugar maple,

cottonwood,

cedar,

redwood,

juniper.

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Thanks to yoga,

no matter which tree

we are,

we can still feel

rooted to the earth

and find tranquility

in how we stand

on just one leg,

arms like branches

reaching above

our head,

hands folded

in front of

our heart,

like fragile

petals

clinging

to life.

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Practice Journal: As you lift your leg in Tree Pose today, are you aware of the trees around you? Tall oaks or swaying palms, flaming maples or budding birches, they can offer you inspiration to find your balance and stability in Tree Pose. What tree will you be today? How might choosing a certain kind of tree alter your perspective of yourself and others? Write: 10 min.

 

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