There was a farmer whose horse ran away. That evening the neighbors gathered to commiserate with him since this was such bad luck. He said, “May be.”
The next day the horse returned, but brought with it six wild horses, and the neighbors came exclaiming at his good fortune. He said, “May be.”
And then, the following day, his son tried to saddle and ride one of the wild horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. Again the neighbors came to offer their sympathy for the misfortune. He said, “May be.”
The day after that, conscription officers came to the village to seize young men for the army, but because of the broken leg the farmer’s son was rejected. When the neighbors came in to say how fortunately everything had turned out, he said, “May be.”
(Source: Tao: The Watercourse Way, by Alan Watts)
I love this Taoist story because I think that it illustrates the concept of cognitive reappraisal (pratipaksha bhavana) beautifully. The way we feel and how we react truly is a matter of perspective.
In this yoga practice we literally turn your point of view upside down and then reframe it in a different way. This practice uses movement, breath awareness, chanting and meditation to release body tension and clear your head. It gives you a chance to view your current issue from several other perspectives in hopes of assigning a different meaning to your current challenge.
This practice is pretty strong and might not be appropriate for you if you have shoulder and wrist issues; please use suggested pose modifications or just skip the poses that call for bearing weight on your hands.
This practice has been added to Sequence Wiz home yoga practice app. You can find it under Mental-emotional state > Need clarity > 40-60 minutes. Learn more about the app >