aha5: bend & stretch


When we truly serve, we bend —

Voluntarily —

And gladly —

In the direction of need.

Whether simple request or desperate cry —

In the decision to respond, we shift our energy away from ourselves and —

Toward another.

We give —

A holy offering, on bended knee.

And yet.

I’ve found if I bend too far in one direction — if I lose my own heart center in the effort —

I collapse.

The full weight of my ego topples me, getting everyone in my path —

Dreadfully wet.

The missing ingredient, my yoga practice informed me, is —


To keep my balance, I must bend and stretch —

At the same time.

In opposite directions.

I bend to meet a need here on earth — and simultaneously, I stretch —


The deeper I bend, the higher I reach — contacting and drawing on the wisdom of —

The ultimate light.

And all is well.

Can you recall a time when you extended yourself so far you fell over?  Is the fear of not being able to keep your balance standing between you and your heart’s desires?  How might the practice of bending and stretching apply to your life today?

ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 8, 2011 on everydayahas.com

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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