Every week, I pick a collective intention – a sankalpa – for my yoga classes. I incorporate a reading with this theme in mind for our final savasana. All of these themes evolve out of what I’m thinking, feeling, needing right now, and my hope is my students will find something relatable and meaningful in it. This is my hope for you, too. So this week, concentrate on this idea of patience in the face of uncertainty and whatever that means to you – as it applies to your love life, or simply where you are in your life, a challenging co-worker, your Levis that aren’t offering as much room anymore (OK, OK that’s my problem).
“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
—From Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1903 Letters to a Young Poet