Every now and again I’m able to articulate exactly the emotion I am feeling inside. The piece I am sharing below is something I originally wrote for my friend, and co-author of this blog, to use for her business blog. During the month of February I wrote pieces for her business centering on the theme of Perseverance. I am now proud to say that I can write the word perseverance without using spell-check. This blog is the story behind the piece.
I am a runner, and I also do yoga. The two activities complement each other perfectly. A few weeks ago I was indulging in a noon-hour yoga session after having a particularly stressful morning at work. (Turns out that yoga and work also complement each other perfectly…) As I was assuming Dancer’s Pose, which is by far my most favorite asana (posture), the inspiration for this piece landed.
Later in the evening, when I found the time to sit quietly with my thoughts, I closed my eyes and visualized every action and corresponding feeling I could think of to describe the physical and emotional experience of practicing yoga. The experience of developing perseverance. Yoga is as calming as it is invigorating. It is as relaxing as it is challenging. It has helped me improve my mental discipline, which is helpful whether I’m on a long tempo run, or handling my seventh walk-in employee of the morning seeking consult on a difficult case.
With no further ado, I give you:
Igniting the Fire Within
Eyes locked on the horizon
A single breath rises and falls, solid, filling her chest
Heart swells, rhythmic beating
Slow… steady… purposeful…
She will persevere.
Silent as a stalking tiger
Alert as a hungry hawk
She will not be underestimated
Goals, dreams, all within reach
One final push
The journey has been beautiful
She has persevered.
Fingertips gracefully stretch forth
This is what it feels like
To risk everything
It’s worth it
This piece originally appeared on February 29, 2016 at http://avantsynergy.com/igniting-the-fire-within/