Forget touching your toes… can you touch your thumbs to your fingertips?
If yes, do so now. Touch each of your fingertips against your thumbs. Do so softly, like what you are feeling is sacred and valuable. It is. What you are feeing on the tips of each fingerprint is the one and only blueprint for your life. That’s right. No one else on earth has the exact same fingerprints as you do – not even if you have an identical twin. Just like no one else has the same abilities, talents, history, personality, resources, and circumstances that you do. This is big. This means that you are necessary, and that there is no substitute for you. Because you are unrepeatable, you are unique, complete, and purposeful. Whoa, right? It can be overwhelming to consider that you actually are potential. You are possibility. And, not only that, but your capacity to become who you really are actually matters not only to you, but to everyone around you. So, how do you find your purpose and become your true self?
Enter Yoga. Yoga, when practiced with curiosity and as a tool for self-investigation, can assist you in understanding the whys of your life so that you can know and trust both the “what now?” and the “what next?”.
How? The practice of yoga reminds your mind and body that they are interconnected. This connection gives you access to your soul. When your mind and body connect, you have an opportunity to realize that your soul, the point of connection, is a part of everything else. Your soul is longing to be set free from the illusions of your mind that you are separate from the “others” (there aren’t any), that you are not enough, that you are unlovable. In fact, your soul is interwoven into the fabric of the entire universe in motion. Since your one beautiful life is an irreplaceable thread in the fabric of humanity, it’s vital that you get to know that blueprint and live into it. Only you can.
This means that everything that has happened in your life has been necessary for your growth. I’ll repeat that, because it’s not easy to grasp. Every single incident and situation that has occurred in your life up to this point have been purposeful. Nothing is random. Every time your heart has been broken, you have been given access to understanding love more deeply. Every time you have experienced betrayal or shame or anxiety, you have been offered the opportunity to understand forgiveness, acceptance and compassion. If you understand that this life is a classroom for your soul’s transformation, then your yoga practice can become your teacher.
Why do you practice? Or why don’t you practice? How do you respond to different styles of yoga than the one you prefer? How do you react to various personalities of teachers? What is it like when you fall or when you shine? How do you feel when you compare yourself to others? What takes you into or out of meditation or concentration when you are on the mat? Within each of these answers are truths about you. And they are not just true of your yoga practice, they are true of your soul. When you use the approximation of shapes in yoga poses as a vehicle for self-investigation, there is so much opportunity to discover the ways in which you sabotage or support your growth. So be curious when you practice. Let your mind watch how you feel and what you think so that you can become more attuned to who you are and why you are here.
Allowing yoga to teach you about you gives you access to understanding your purpose. The big why. The why that will allow you to embody the true you that the rest of the world is waiting on to show up and take up space, to be seen, to be heard, and to be valued. Touch your thumb tips against your fingertips one more time, and recognize that this precious life of yours has tremendous value. Cherish it, treasure you, and continue to open up to the possibility that you are unrepeatable.
Dr. Melody Moore is a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Instructor, combining the healing tools of both practices to help others find peace with their bodies to that they can find their soul’s purpose. She is the founder of Embody Love Movement, whose mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate inner beauty, commit to kindness, and create meaningful change in the world. Dr. Moore is a faculty member for Off the Mat, Into the World and travels across the country facilitating trainings for the Inner Beauty Shop™, a transformational workshop that teaches girls and women that they are unconditionally lovable and full of purpose. Find out more about Dr. Moore and her upcoming training at YogaWorks at embodylovemovement.org, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.