“As human beings we share a tendency to scramble for certainty whenever we realize that everything around us is in flux. In difficult times the stress of trying to find solid ground – something predictable and safe to stand on – seems to intensify. But in truth, the very nature of our existence is forever in flux.” – Pema Chodron, Living Beautifully
I often hear my fellow yogis talk about grounding. Feeling grounded and rooted in practice, space and life. A feeling I think we all crave on some level as human beings. We strive to feel secure, stable and present in our lives. But are we chasing a shadow? Is this just another form of attachment, clinging to something when we could be letting go? The idea of grounding ourselves onto a rock that is hurling through space, revolving around a ball of fire to feel safe seems a little ridiculous when you really think about it.
“Life is like stepping onto a boat that is about to sail out to sea and sink.” – Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
As a traveller and yoga trader living abroad, I find my life to be constantly changing in big ways, which sometimes feels terrifying. Leaving the comforts of home, familiar places, family and friends to venture into the unknown and see what happens can be monumentally un-grounding. It is a constant challenge and learning experience to trust in life and the universe. To embrace the inkling of anxiety that we feel in out hearts and guts when we consider the question “what’s next?” and realize that no matter how much we plan and think and predict, we will never know the answer.
So my beautiful, unpredictable, unique and constantly changing friends, if you are pondering your direction and thinking about making a change, there is one piece of knowledge I can share with you from my experiences. Go. Always go. Leap into the unknown and embrace the feeling of groundlessness that is life. Feel your feet on the earth and know that they can take you anywhere and back again and what happens along the way is simply the ebb and flow of being forever in flux.
Lynn is a modern day yogi in flux. She is currently on a work trade in Costa Rica, living the pura vida! Her practice and philosophy on yoga and life is finding inspiration in an ancient practice and applying it to modern life every breath, everyday. Follow her on Instagram: @modernday_yoga