Gaining Perspective

Here’s Why It’s A Healing Tool

Recent physical and emotional challenges gave me no choice but to do one thing. I had to gain perspective. The switching of my mindset was incredibly difficult. I don’t know if I was able or willing to do so.

In Webster’s dictionary, the word perspective is defined as:

  1. the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed places the issues in proper perspective; also:  point of view b:  the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance trying to maintain my perspective.

In Yoga, yoginis are often made fun of for our poses on Instagram. During my teacher training, I’ve overheard other students criticizing the influx of yoga teachers doing their downward dogs and dancer’s pose to grab attention. As inspiration hits, I am guilty of doing such thing. During my extensive training, I understood the importance of learning how to do asanas or yoga postures.  Except for one. The headstand. I would often ask myself, “Why do I need to stand on my head? Do I have to?” Fear of falling or getting hurt would set in very quickly.

Yoga is very individual and it holds different meanings for everyone. It’s a true connection between mind and body. To me, Yoga is all about the mind.

A series of personal challenges, had me recalling the picture of doing a tripod headstand. In that moment, I recalled professional setbacks, recent cancer diagnosis of a family member, and scheduling a long overdue surgery. But yet, I had the desire to reach a physical goal.

How do I gain perspective with all the noise in my head?

I remember this moment as if it was yesterday. I was scared to do any type of headstand. But felt a strong nudge to do it. Not only because of Amanda Smith, the photographer was ready to grab a ‘moment’, but I wanted to view my challenges differently.

As we all can agree that fear can stop us from doing anything.

I was standing on a huge rock contemplating whether do it or not. I was scared that I could slide off. But I focused only my breath. I gave myself 3 breaths. With great ease and peace, I did it! Honestly, I didn’t feel any fear. It was an out of body experience. I don’t remember how long I was there but Amanda mentioned it was a serene moment.

For me, asanas are given to us to create perspective. As I was upside down, I forgot about my fear and all stress encompassing my life. I felt incredible. And now every chance I get, I do a headstand.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. 

In some yoga classes, I hear, “It’s not about the pose,” sometimes it’s true. In that moment of contemplation on the rock, I had to position myself, my spirit, my physical body to know that I am a strong person.

I’m happy to be physically moving again and have regained my strength. My family member lost his battle with cancer. I’m glad to have been close to him and lucky to have known him.

The truth is— you don’t need to hang upside down to gain perspective. If it helps, then do so. It sets your adrenaline into high gear!

Take deep breaths and change your scenery will help in changing your mindset. Just think, you have nothing to lose but everything to gain; emotionally and spiritually.

How do you gain perspective?

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