Here is the thought I’ve been sharing in my yoga classes this week. It’s the intro quote to Scott Jurek’s ultramarathoning book Eat & Run.
“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.” -William James
I love that. Not just because it follows the idea of prana flow being restored and quickened by removing obstacles. But I love it because it brings ease and power together into the same phrase. Every yoga pose has this majestic power and strength in it, where every muscle fiber is filled with vivacity and awareness. But each yoga pose also has ease, softness, an unclenching of congestion, and a turn away from the body’s fight or flight reflex. Every breath and every moment on our mats combines this ease and power together, whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. Then we get to carry that beautiful dichotomy off our mats and experience that it’s not really a dichotomy after all- that ease and power are not opposites, but are mutually feeding one another, grounding us and enlivening us to grow more ease and more power.
You never know unless you try. You never will know the infinite wells inside of you of the ease, power, and strength unless you push out of your comfort zone, push through fatigue and distress, dig deep into the corners of the heart you might be afraid to explore. Next time you step on your mat, or step onto the running trail, dig inside to find the ease and strength you have heretofore barely scratched the surface of.