It was a Friday evening and I was flying back home. I boarded the flight early and suddenly got into an activity of watching facial expression of each person boarding after me, just for fun. After a while it struck me that over 100+ faces that I watched, something was missing and something was always present.
Almost all faces carried a similar pose, yes I mean POSE, expressing tiredness, strain, and dull eyes. And not a single SMILE !!
As soon as one found his or her seat, instantly started frantic engagement with their phones.
Sample of today’s life!! Do we need to look beyond this visual to understand stress we go through in life?! It pained deeply.
Yes life is demanding for sure. Yet is this POSE called stress so real and is it justified?
I call it POSE because it is not natural in us. We hold on to it and don’t want to let go.
Stress is a mere habit of the mind that we hold dear despite the suffering.
Solution is simple. Yoga says move from POSE to POSTURE (asana in the mind ). Slacken the effort to hold on to the POSE, it becomes POSTURE which is natural.
SMILE on a face is POSTURE for we let go of strain etc. Is it so difficult?
What are we waiting for? Break the habit, drop the POSE, and relish the joy of POSTURE.
Drop the pose – be in posture – let poise be your nature