In the living of life, there will unavoidably be difficult times.  This goes without saying.  It also goes without saying that not only are experiences individual, they are at the same time universal.  When it feels like the best idea is to bury your head in the sand, it is certainly hard to imagine a sense of personal nobility, but this may very well be the best time to look towards that part of yourself that is virtuous and good.  And even better, look to see beyond the labels of virtuous and good.

Life and death situations are not the only opportunity to relate to feelings of wanting to withdraw. When anxiety and stress lead to feelings of “I just want to escape”, know that there’s a choice at hand.  As humans, we’re not going to literally stick our heads in the sand.  What we are more willing to do however, is to socially isolate ourselves.  Perhaps, what is more detrimental to our ability to connect with the noble Self, is our willingness to numb out.    Keep it simple and recognize choice.  A really smart friend of mine sometimes suggests personal gratification in living through difficult stuff in lieu of numbing out.   

In meditation, we practice cultivating an ability to bring acceptance, space, mindful choice, and unconditional friendliness towards ourselves as a way to deal.  It is courageous to come into a seat, willing to confront the root cause of stress and anxiety.  It takes strength and a sense of humility to honestly sit with what is.  Simply put, we can use the practice to realize or actualize the space to align with our intentions.  Let us all recognize, even for just a moment, that it is a noble act to seek alignment with our innermost intentions.

In yoga, we seek out a realization of the energetic qualities of various postures, and not for nothing.  The relevant pose here is ostrich,  aka humble warrior.  The natural wisdom of the posture takes us away from the superficial view of burying our head in shame, or hiding out, and shows us that it takes inward recognition, mindful exertion, focus, and no small degree of humility to be in the posture.  I often cue yogis to tune in to what supports them in this pose.  Of course, it is THEM supporting them, but more than that, it’s a cue to draw their awareness upon their underlying strength and inherent wisdom.  

 This ostrich has a Buddha smile.  Can you see it??
This ostrich has a Buddha smile.  Can you see it??

I, at other times, suggest that yogis call to mind something greater than themselves in the midst of Ostrich Pose.   For when we bow down to something greater, it is in essence, a recognition of the small, mind-made sense of self for what it is.  This is the precursor to the noble act of lining up with your personal Truth(s).  

  In the living of life, especially during difficult times, let’s try to remember to seek connection with that side of ourselves that feels like an acknowledgement of the real.  Our highest Self has no opportunity to express or reveal anything while numbing out.  So, we make the choice of presence in discomfort over escapism. We choose recognition of personal strengths and pursuit of connection with core intentions, knowing that there’s nobility in that pursuit.