Let go or be dragged…

-borrowed from greg hughes dot net
– borrowed from greg hughes dot net

I resonate with that last line, “there’s nothing you can do about it”. It certainly seems that way. Sometimes, life takes a turn and it seems we’re meant to recognize when it’s the right turn and try to ease its progress. Or, maybe we’re not meant to recognize (as I’ve always thought) but to just encourage as much fearlessness and freedom in life as we can…and just accept it. In other words, “let go”. Hmm.

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

– Joseph Campbell

 

- Anjeyanasan
– Anjeyanasan – taking direction

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.

– Allen Ginsberg

 

“Let go or be dragged” is a Zen proverb. Everyone laughs when they hear it. “Resistance is futile”. I guess we know it to be true and that’s why we laugh. I’ve been mulling over this post for weeks. It feels important, but I haven’t known what to say because it’s so present for me right now. As best I can surmise, from a good amount of time ‘taking direction’ in life – we are meant to take direction. We are meant to choose, to put all of our energies behind that choice and to trust in that choice. Sounds good, right? BUT…when the universe presents a ‘turn’, a bend…let go already! So it is not an invitation to not act, to not choose, but to choose and really go for what we’ve chosen, and then…to let go. Beautifully letting go. I heard it expressed as, ‘letting go of what’s not meant for me’.

Anjeyanasan symbolizes this ‘taking direction’. Deeply lunging one way. Focusing visually on the direction taken. When we want to release from Anjeyanasan the body protests, the hips are set in their way. The only way to gracefully release is to pull back and to prostrate. Like this:

Release the Struggle in Anjeyanasan - thanks Yoga Teacher Central
Release the Struggle in Anjeyanasan – thanks Yoga Teacher Central

Interesting isn’t it? This asana is named after Hanuman, deeply devotional, who didn’t know he could make the leap before he took it. He just took it.

Old LAPD Crime Scene Photo - from collection 1920s - 1960s
Old LAPD Crime Scene Photo – from collection 1920s – 1960s

Pranams,

jjz

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