Frozen Goldfish

Do you ever feel stuck? Like you are a tiny shimmering goldfish frozen in a large patch of ice? Maybe it is just slush that renders you slowly towards isolation. Immobilized to break free and pursue what you need to pursue. Slowed down, stagnant, and still. It's normal to be this little fish. We all get stuck at times. It could be a job, a relationship or simply a state of mind that is anxious or unhappy. How do you break free and shatter what binds you? Excellent question with no simple single answer.

Yoga might be able to help, simply by moving your body, you a creating motion, momentum and inertia. By focusing on your energy, you are better at understanding it, and we certainly cannot manage what we do not measure in some way. Having a time and place for stillness is also imperative. When we rush, we do ourselves no favors. We harm our health when we flit about, the body moves into flight or fight and this stresses every aspect of the system. When we focus on the positive, visualize the most optimal outcome of our situation, then we become able to find patience. Long ago as a child I remember reading the Count of Monte Cristo. This is the sad tale of a man wrenched from happiness and imprisoned when he had done no wrong. Unfortunately in this day and age we have a tendency to create our own cages. In the story of this simple man, he uses the time to better himself with the help of a friend. In the case I am bringing to light, each of us must also learn to be our own best friend. Yes of course friends and family can help you in a time of need, but ultimately you inhabit your body and mind and will be the best possible chance for successfully finding happiness.

So perhaps when we are stuck, it is not only a signal for escape, but it is a time to embrace the stillness, and absorb the lesson it offers. A random struggle will lead to further difficulty, while acceptance will lead to eventual growth. And don't forget that a Sun Salutation or two will always keep you warm.


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