A bumblebee was bumping against my window for a good twenty minutes to try to find its way out. It would vehemently flap its wings, producing actually a lot of noise, and then fall back down to the bottom of the window and try again. Again and again and again. Really determined not giving up. As i watched this happen first I was overwhelmed by a feeling of admiration. Like really, wow it would not give up! How often don’t I give up before even showcasing a fraction of the willpower like the bumblebee just did. Then however as the scene continued and we were passing a good twenty minutes I felt like: why didn’t the bumblebee just ‘fly a step back’ move a meter to the right and fly out through the door which was wide-open all along into the sky? Now, a bumblebee does not have the mental capacity to take a calculated, intellectual step back. If is driven by instinct and if it would find the way out, it would be merely out of this instinct driving it, rather than it being a calculated decision.

Pattabhi JoisWe as human beings are blessed on the other hand with a more developed brain: the cerebral cortex located higher up in the brain that can help us to take this step back, look at the situation, look at what we are doing and take a step to the right or to the left. Or maybe.. just fly up against the window again 🙂

Now.. I don’t know about you guys but I’ve bumped into countless windows for long time. Although I saw were I wanted to go I didn’t know the way to get there, didn’t know the way out of my conditioned patterns. Slowly, slowly though through a regular and dedicated practice I feel like i am less and less bumping up the same window. So, yes like the famous Indian Ashtanga yoga teacher Pattabhi Jois said – and i am not the first and surely not the last to quote him: ‘Practice and all is coming’.

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Merel Martens

Merel is the founder of Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Center aiming to spread the beauty and benefits of yoga with everyone. For Merel, Yoga is awareness, both on the mat and in everyday life. Classes and teachings serve as an inspiration when stepping into daily life.

All points of view are welcome, even contradictory ones ? All we expect is that you put your point across in a civil manner.

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