Good #MindfulnessMonday afternoon to you all! We hope you all had wonderful weekends! A few of us on the #MM team spent the weekend in Montreal celebrating the wedding of an old friend. It was a gorgeous affair and the love and joy in the room was palpable. We don't know about you, but we find there is something about weddings, especially those of people you have known for a long time, that put you on a high. Perhaps it is all the heightened emotions, all the smiling faces, all the laughs you get to share with old friends, or perhaps it is all the shots! Kidding! It is most likely a combination of everything, but this #MindfulnessMonday we are feeling that high.
And it is in this heightened state that we are taking on the last of the Niyama, which is Ishvarapranidhana. Ishvarapranidhana is a large pillar of "big picture" yoga and it refers to surrendering to a higher source. Choosing to leave religious ideology out of our conversation, we interpret Ishvarapranidhana as a sacred shift of perspective that helps us to remember, align with, and receive the grace of being alive. In this practice, we are encouraged to detach ourselves from our ego and discover our true self. One way we can do this in our practice is in Savasana (Corpse Pose). As we descend through layers of tension to rest in the release of Savasana, we become one with our body. As we connect to Ishvarapranidhana we find a pathway through the obstacles of our ego toward our divine nature—grace, peace, unconditional love, clarity, and freedom.
Another way we can do this is by seeing the divinity in all of our experiences, like that of a good friend's wedding. Sure, there comes a time in all of our lives where we think "another wedding!?" and it's normal. But, if we can tap into the bigger picture of 2 people who are happy and in love and celebratory, and look at the journey that brought them to this place, it can be pretty special.
So, take some time on this Monday to surrender to the love and divinity in this world. If you let it, it will find you.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.