A few weeks during a Yoga class, I was speaking to one of my students who had a history of Cancer. During this candid talk, one of my other students, began to demonstrate a look of concern and worry, and immediately attempted to silence my "innocent" informative chatter with a hand gesturing imploring the conversation to stop. At that time I apologized to this worried student and wrapped up the conversation. However, in the ensuing days I realized that I had succumbed to a fear within myself, a fear worried about hurting the feelings of another, instead of standing in Power of the the innocence, the Power transition. Too often we look away from illness, death, disease, discomfort, and in doing so we do ourselves a disservice. We can not tip toe around the harshness of life, in fact we have to walk boldly into the unknown with openness. Only here, with open eyes and hearts, can we learn. In my reflective reverie, I realized, that instead of stopping the conversation about Cancer, a healthier response would have been to validate the concerns of the worried student, and yet nudge this student into her fears via the gift of Yoga.
In Peru, the Shamanic tradition of the Quero Indians hold a term called Miqui, which translates into transfer of energy or transformation. Yoga is a healing tradition that offers Miqui. Instead of ceasing the conversation and returning to the land of ignorance, take your fears, worries and concerns into your practice, into your breath and witness the transformation of fear into understanding.
To me, this is being both sensitive and responsible. We have looked away for too long, and this is has only led to a path of illness and further illness. It is time to dive into the Shadow lands of fear and the unknown with our Practice and liberate ourselves from the imagined fear of mind.
Yoga, where movement is medicine of body and mind.