There is a reason I used that particular picture of me in a headstand for my background image, and no, it has nothing to do with trying to impress. I used that picture because I feel like that is exactly what I’m doing – I’m turning my world upside down.
I have been known to do this from time to time and I’ve yet to figure out why. Something inside of me just starts speaking until it gets so loud that the only thing I can do is listen. While actually listening to myself could take anywhere from days, weeks, months to even years (depending on the situation), I know that once I start to flip there is no going back.
In yoga it is said that practicing inversions (going upside down) helps to elevate your mood. These postures are challenging and invigorating at the same time. It takes practice, patience and determination. Some people will avoid inversions in their yoga practice for a wide range of understandable reasons: it’s intimidating, you can fail, you can fall and hurt yourself, you don’t feel ready, etc etc.
When you think about it, these are the same reasons we choose to stay comfortable in our own worlds. We daydream about the things we could, should or would do, but…it’s intimidating, I could fail, I could fall and hurt myself, I am not ready, etc etc.
But what if we tried? What if we took baby steps? For a headstand, stand against a wall and know that it’s there to catch you. Even if all you do is place your head on the floor just open your eyes and notice that you are seeing the world a little differently – see what that does for you. Maybe nothing, but maybe something. For a life change, allow yourself to go there, to envision your world looking a little differently. How does this new perspective feel? What kind of plan would you have to put in place to go there?
I’m not saying that we should all turn our worlds upside down; some of us are enjoying our worlds just as they are and that is fantastic, I’m sure you’ve moved a few mountains to get where you are. What I am saying is that if you have that voice inside of you, then have a listen. It’s amazing what a new perspective could do for your mood.
In yoga, and in life, going upside down doesn’t happen over night. It takes practice, patience and determination. Yes, you will fall. Yes, I’ve fallen many times. But the beauty isn’t in a perfect pose or only the right decisions, the beauty is in your will to try. The beauty is found when you pick yourself back up. The beauty is knowing when to keep trying, and when to step back and get more prepared.
Success is listening to yourself, and I mean REALLY listening.
Sometimes we must go upside down to get right side up.