My orchid, the teacher.
I’ve had many teachers in life, from my family, to actual teachers, to life itself! I look for and am open to the possibility in learning from anything and anyone. Which is probably why when I came out of watering my orchid with an “aha!” moment, I wasn’t all that surprised but pretty amused.
First off, I should preface that I am not known to have a green thumb. Up until recently, I’ve been pretty happy with a few silk plants and even they eventually got dusty and neglected. I completely broke my own rules of ensuring plant survival before getting a pet. Indie is still alive, thank you. So, when my mom gave me some of her plants including her precious orchid, before she moved half-way across the country, I said I’d take them but made no promises. All of a sudden, I sensed myself going out of my way to read orchid blogs and buying special orchid things. Could my thumb be mutating?! After having gone through the labor of love of re-potting the orchid, I was THRILLED when a new leaf starting budding. I did it! It’s not only still alive, but it’s GROWING! But then, the leaf stopped growing. It stayed the same size, for weeks and months. I began to doubt my new-found green thumb powers. It figures, I thought to myself. “At least it’s not dead”, I would console myself. Until one day, I lifted up the little patch of fuzzy moss, the “dew fro” as I call it, and I saw it had grown two new roots! While I was so fixated on seeing the shiny leaves and beautiful flowers, there was some heavy lifting being done below the surface. This was especially meaningful to me because I’m somewhat in the process of reinvention. Aren’t we all? I have been churning and burning away following and creating new opportunities; losing my patience when I don’t immediately see the fruits of my labor. But this gave me new perspective and peace of mind. I’m setting roots, I’m planting the seeds, I’m doing work beneath the surface that will eventually provide juicy and delicious fruit!
The same can be said of our yoga practice. Sometimes we just want to see results. We want to rock a bird of paradise or side crow or [insert asana here]. We get frustrated and attached to outcomes, when we are really doing the work beneath the surface, strengthening the core, arm and leg activation, increasing flexibility and balance. And above all, the REAL work beneath the surface, calming the fluctuations of the mind, chitta vritti nirodha. No sincere effort is left unrewarded, but sometimes we just have to grow some roots. I leave you with this cute picture that pretty much sums it all up.
Namaste, let’s grow <3