We were about to go into a back bend, but first we listened as she spoke of – and demonstrated – the importance of looking up; of leading with our heads, and trusting our bodies to follow. What really grabbed hold of me was that this idea of looking upward extended way past this one back bend, spilling over into everyday life. When we’re sad, she explained – when we feel down… ashamed… belittled – we tend to look downward. We pull ourselves inward and almost curl into a little ball. When we feel excited, happy, and inspired, however, we do just the opposite. Our chins draw up towards the sky, revealing the entirety of our necks as we soak in all of life’s bliss. We are open; ready to invite new experiences our way.
I realized that many hours of my day are spent looking downward. I’m constantly looking down at my phone or creating something with my hands, drawing my chin in towards my chest as I do.
And while looking downward, totally immersed in something, can actually be a great thing, I realized that it could also benefit me to look up every now and again. To momentarily pause whatever it is my hands are getting into, and take a deep breath as I look up at my surroundings with wide, open eyes. To take it all in with a smile. Then, I can let it all out and continue on my way.
Today, join me in making a choice to look up towards the sky. Know that even though our individual lives may have us wrapped up in our own small worlds, the earth still spins beneath all of our feet. There is always something bigger going on around us. Something that both humbles and empowers. Something that connects us all, and makes us feel alive. Today, when you find yourself caught up in the minutiae of an everyday task, pause. Take a big, long breath from the depths of your lungs, move that chin towards the sky, and smile as you become receptive to all that’s been above you all along.
Photos of Brigette by Thomas McKenna.