This entry comes from an email a dear friend and yoga student sent me yesterday and I reprint it here with her permission.
"Yoga is not about standing on your head. It is about learning to stand on your own two feet."
As I witnessed the devastating loss experienced by our friend Elena in the passing of her partner of 46 years, I was struck by her strength and calmness. Some said it was shock at the suddenness of the whole thing.
I perceived it as a woman with deep experience at letting go.
Years ago she and Billie tragically lost their son Michael, in an accident. Her grieving through that was the ultimate act of letting go. Elena knows the difficult path ahead of her once again; but she knows letting go is part of life as we shed one passage for another.
I came home from the funeral today and turned to my yoga mat for comfort. I thought of Elena's courage and how difficult it can be to let go of so many things. As I did that, in an instant, I was able to let go of my fear to stand on my head. For years now I have been practicing yoga and developing the strength to do headstand, but had not been able to let go of the fear of falling, fear of failing, even fear of just trying...Today, by opening my heart to grace and letting go, I got up comfortably in just seconds.
Granted, it was against the wall, but a letting go moment nevertheless.
Thank you Veronica, for this insight and lesson into letting go - the ultimate lesson in life!