This week's intent is Cultivate Strength. Just like a farmer cultivating a crop, cultivating strength (physically or emotionally) has many steps along the way before harvest. You have to prepare the field: surveying the land (feeling honestly what's happening inside your body and mind), tilling the soil (uncovering what's keeping you stuck, breaking out of habitual patterns of movement/thought/etc), digging up any stones or tree roots (working with and healing injuries, clearing out the emotional backlog), plowing rows into the fresh groundwork and planting seeds (practice, practice, practice!). Then those seeds need some nurturing as they grow bigger: water, sunlight, fertilizer (breath, compassion, honesty, consistency). Gotta be sure to keep those pests away too (nemesis thoughts of "I can't" or "I'm not worth it", people or habits that aren't doing you any good). ⏺️ The process could take months - even years - before the crop is ready for harvest. But then a breakthrough happens - physically, emotionally, spiritually - and all the work pays off! The fruits of your labor will taste so sweet because you worked so hard for them. Then the process starts all over again as you prepare for the next crop (the next uplevel of a pose, the next step on your life's journey, the next part of the deep important work you're doing for yourself). It will be hard work, but some steps might feel easier this time, because you're wiser now. And you know it'll be worth it in the end. ⏺️
A long standing pose series seemed perfect to work with this intent. This is just a snippet from a much longer SPS in a much longer practice, and it's sped up here 2x: reverse warrior > emu > head to ankle prep > head to ankle > pigeon.
How's your crop doing lately?
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