So just where do strength and humility intersect? Are they in conflict or do they actually support one another? And how do we learn the delicate balance between the two? Certainly anyone who has any background in Martial Arts, knows what I am speaking about. But if you don’t, how does this show up in everyday life?
Let me take you back a few years to my time in Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training. We were several weeks in when we got to the pose, “Humble Warrior.” I can remember vividly the words on the page and looking at the picture of what that position looked like. But it wasn’t until I held that position for a period of time, that I really got it. Imagine the bottom half of your body grounded, firmly rooted into the ground, and unshakable. And the top half of your body bowed forward in a state of complete humbled grace. It wasn’t long for that pose to quickly become my favorite. To this day, it still is.
When we become so secure in who we are and are grounded in our own truth, we no longer have to worry about someone coming along and knocking us over with a word, an opinion, or a challenge. This allows us to let go of our need to defend our position, our opinion, and what we stand for. In this moment, we have the ability to show up with grace and humility and honor someone else’s walk, no matter how different it may be from our own. In that moment, lies our strength. So to bow to another, does not mean that you lose your own stance, in fact in that moment your true strength shines through.
In tomorrow’s podcast I interview someone from my favorite segment of our society, a millennial. We discuss what it means to be humble, to grow from our mistakes, and to listen to others rather than react from a place of insecurity. I hope you enjoy tomorrow’s discussion, my guest YL is wise beyond his years, and I look forward to watching where his journey takes him.
As you move into this week, I hope you do so with strength and humility and embody the energy of the Humble Warrior in all of your interactions. If you have the chance to take a yoga class, I think you will agree and this will wind up as a favorite pose. To warn you, watch out for the animal poses – camel, frog, and pigeon… not so much!
With humble gratitude,
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