Water is also a great teacher. Madisyn Taylor, of Daily Om, wrote a beautiful post about water showing us how to move through the world… with grace, ease, determination and humility.
As I’m reflecting on the week ahead, teaching Nia, Nia FreeDance and Yoga, I also see a wonderful metaphoric teacher in water, a metaphor for the 5 sensations that keep our body healthy. Daily feeding our body with Flexibility, Agility, Mobility, Strength and Stability, we can move through the world with grace, ease, determination and humility.
Madisyn writes, “The journey of water as it flows upon the earth can be a mirror of our own paths through life. Water begins its residence on earth as it falls from the sky or melts from ice and streams down a mountain into a tributary or stream. *Agility* In the same way, we come into the world and begin our lives on earth. Like a river that flows within the confines of its banks, we are born with certain defining characteristics that govern our identity. We are born in a specific time and place, within a specific family, and with certain gifts and challenges. Within these parameters, we move through life, encountering many twists, turns, and obstacles along the way just as a river flows. *Mobility*
When a river breaks at a waterfall, it gains energy and moves on. As we encounter our own waterfalls, we may fall hard but we always keep moving on. Water can inspire us to not become rigid with fear or cling to what’s familiar. *Flexibility* Water is brave and does not waste time clinging to its past, but flows onward without looking back. *Strength* At the same time, when there is a hole to be filled, water does not run away from it in fear of the dark; instead, water humbly and bravely fills the empty space. In the same way, we can face the dark moments of our life rather than run away from them.*Stability*
Eventually, a river will empty into the sea. Water does not hold back from joining with a larger body, nor does it fear a loss of identity or control. It gracefully and humbly tumbles into the vastness by contributing its energy and merging without resistance. Each time we move beyond our individual egos to become part of something bigger, we can try our best to follow the lead of the river. *Sacred Athlete, Living with Purpose, Potential, Possibilities*
Join me this week, as we focus on the 5 Sensations that keep our body healthy, while also appreciating the great teacher that is present in every sip that we take.
My classes this week:
Nia: Tuesday 6:45am, Wednesday 9:15am, Friday 9:15am, Sunday 4:00pm
Nia FreeDance: Thursday 9:15am
Yoga: Thursday 12:00pm, Sunday 8:45am