In my yoga classes, I have been working on my physical core where there is much strengthening to be done! For me it's a real challenge. To rise to it demands my focus and determination, in other words: a strong mental attitude. Whereas I am happy to work on forward bending and flexibility all day long because I love it, core strengthening requires a different frame of mind. However, my attitude is shifting.
What's fascinating is to see how the physical work is strengthening all parts of me. It is an enlightening process. I don't want to overdo the point, but I truly do find I am re-discovering the core of myself.
Over the past decade, I have felt out of touch with my core, tossed on the waves of fortune, not sure which course to try and steer. I have tried to be many things, often for seemingly worthy but probably misguided reasons. Re-tuning with myself turns out to be rather a relief. I feel lighter with the strengthening sense of self just as I feel lighter physically as my core muscles grow stronger. It's so hard to put into words and yet it feels very natural.
I am reading 'Super Brain' by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi. It has got me super excited and I recommend it highly. With all the 'core' work I'm doing, you can imagine how the following words from the book resonate with me:
To have a core self is to be the author of your own story.I feel that in these words lies a deep truth, one that fills me with optimism.